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Joan Brown Campbell, internationally acclaimed leader in interreligious dialogue and diplomacy (and no relation to Jerry Campbell) joined the Claremont Lincoln Board.

Philip Clayton joins national church leaders and pundits in the new Painting the Stars series from Living the Questions. You can see a video of his "Does God Exist" segment in the series on Rev. Dawn Hutchings Thinking About God site. His Science & Religion series has received coverage from: CA-NV Conference News, Cal-Pac News, Cal-Pac Educational Opportunities, UCC’s Connecting Voices, Learn, and more. Clayton also keynoted for the UMC’s Transforming Ministry II conference, which inspired this Hacking Christianity piece.

Monica A. Coleman was profiled in the Fund for Theological Education News. She wrote on infant faith formation for the Patheos Passing on the Faith series. She also wrote “If #BlackTwitter went to church” for the Center for Pastoral Excellence New Media Project, and “Trayvon Martin: a Case Study for Church Response to Mental Illness” for the Beautiful Mind Blog. She was also a guest on Huffington Post Live, speaking on the TN case where a judge would not allow a family to name their son “Messiah.” Ph.D. student Drew Baker also addressed this case in his blog, Second Gen Buddhist. In honor of "National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Awareness," Coleman also blogged about 10 ways people can pray for mental illness, will soon be on "The AYG List" for Tavis Smiley’s Blogtalk Radio and speak in Seattle at Queen Anne UMC about faith and depression.

The International Jain Conference on Women’s Perspectives in the Dharma Traditions and Beyond, instituted by Brianne Donaldson, received major media coverage. It was a big part of the Associated Press story on Jains in America, that was picked up by hundreds of media outlets, including NPR, the San Jose Mercury News, Big Story, Minneapolis Star Tribune,, and so on. The Claremont Courier also ran an excellent story, as did the Worldwide Network of Jains, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, and many more media outlets, including India Journal and India West. Donaldson also spoke on Animal Ethics at a recent Ethics Conference by the Center for Process Studies.

Barnstable News announces that Claremont Adjunct and process theologian Bruce Epperly is the new pastor of South Congregational Church in Centerville, Mass.

AJRCA President Tamar Frankiel wrote a piece on Rosh Hashanah and moral choice, titled Birthday of the World for her Huffington Post column, and another piece for Yom Kippur, titled What’s In Our Eyes?.

Lincoln Galloway, Marjorie Suchocki, Monica Coleman, and several of our alumni/ae contributed to the new lectionary that Jon Berquist helped launch, entitled Preaching God's Transforming Justice.

Grace Yia-Hei Kao wrote about the violence in our culture for Feminism and Religion.

President Jeffrey Kuan was profiled in the Claremont Courier on the occasion of his inauguration as the 7th President of CST, which will take place on October 23. Cal-Pac and many other local churches and national denominational media have announced the auspicious event. He also gave an address entitled “Where do we go from here?” for the CST and Claremont Lincoln Convocation 2013. A brush fire going on next door enhanced rather than diminished the occasion, when Dean Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook included fire metaphors in her introductory remarks.

Dean Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook spoke at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Long Beach for National Coming Out Day, for a panel on “Gender and Leadership: What Difference Does it Make?”

Brian McLaren, CST Trustee continues to blog regularly on Patheos, on everything from "Praying for peace," "How to find a community of open-minded Christians," and more. You can follow him here.

Frank Rogers & Mark Yaconelli wrote “Is It Harmful to Tell People to Love Their Enemies If You Never Teach Them How?” for Red-Letter Christians. Rogers also led a training session for Internal Family Systems at San Gabriel’s Church of Our Savior. Yaconelli also wrote a column for the Patheos Passing on the Faith series, titled “Less Talk, More Action.”

All our best wishes go to John Sweeney, Adjunct Professor of Process Theology and Managing Director of the Center for Process Studies as he retires. We are grateful for his 13 years of service to Claremont as well as the international process community.

Marvin A. Sweeney has recently published his new commentary on Ezekiel, Reading Ezekiel: A Literary and Theological Commentary (Reading the OT; Macon, Ga.: Smyth and Helwys, 2013). He is co-editor of The Cambridge HIstory of Religions in the Ancient World: Volume I. From the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic Age (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013). He wrote the article on "Ancient Israelite and Judean Religions" for the volume. Sweeney also presented a paper, "Is the Conditional Covenant Really Conditional?" as part of a panel discussion on Jewish Biblical Theology at the Sixteenth World Congress for Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, Israel, July 28-August 1, 2013.

Najeeba Syeed-Miller has a chapter on Muslim women’s use of social media and spiritual formation in the new book, Formation for Life: Just Peacemaking and Twenty-First-Century Discipleship, Edited by Stassen, Peterson, and Norton. She speaks at Fuller Seminary’s Just Peacemaking Conference on Oct. 9, and at USC’s International Conference on Swami Vivekananda on Oct. 18. She was one of the speakers for ISNA’s (Islamic Society of North America’s) monumental 50th Annual Convention. She spoke on "Developing Healthy Interfaith Collaborations" as part of a panel on Overcoming Paradigms of Hate. She will be speaking on “A Humane Approach to Justice from a Muslim Perspective” at Pepperdine University’s annual Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion and Ethics from Feb. 7-8, 2014.She will also give the Hardt-Nickachos Lecture in Peace Studies at Arizona State University’s Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict on Sept. 26. She wrote “On the pain of mothers” after the Trayvon Martin verdict for altmuslimah. She also blogged on Ramadan and the Lessons of Time.

Bayan President Jihad Turk will speak on "Mary in the Koran" on Oct. 17, and "Children of Abraham" on Nov. 19 - both events for St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Community's Theology Connection. He gave a Qur'anic reflection at the Islamic Center of Southern California on last Friday of Ramadan. Turk and Andrew Dreitcer met with a delegation from Burma, sponsored by the State Department, that wanted to learn of American examples of “Tolerance and Diversity in Multiethnic Society;” and with Helene Slessarev-Jamir and our Director of Foundation Relations Clyde Derrick and a delegation from Iraq to help them with a project on "Promoting the Rights of Religious Minorities;" and with Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook and a delegation from Egypt to discuss “Religious Freedom.”