Board of Trustees Announces End of Relationship with Claremont Lincoln University
On behalf of the Board of Trustees it is my duty to announce that Claremont School of Theology has ended its relationship with Claremont Lincoln University. This decision ends academic, administrative, and fiduciary connections between our schools.
Our joint venture with Claremont Lincoln began in May 2011 with a shared vision to offer interreligious graduate education. The decision to end the relationship has resulted from a mutual agreement that our fundamental philosophies have diverged. This divergence became apparent earlier this year when Claremont Lincoln decided to move away from its interreligious roots and become a secular-focused university seeking its own accreditation.
Claremont School of Theology is rooted in religious faith and practice. Our institutional DNA is intertwined with The United Methodist Church. That grounding in faith and tradition has produced a campus environment of learning and scholarly inquiry that reflects the best of our understanding of Wesleyan teaching.
Claremont School of Theology has a rich ecumenical history that informed our effort to launch the university and continues to inform our mission and values. The establishment of Claremont Lincoln University was not our first foray into broader religious engagement.
The Board of Trustees believes that this decision affirms our commitment to be a multi-denominational school. Claremont School of Theology will continue in its role as a founding member of a multi-religious consortium. We believe this to be the right course for our unique institution and we look forward to deepening our relationships with the Academy of Jewish Religion, California and Bayan Claremont.
Over the last week, I met with faculty, staff and other stakeholders to explain the decision and respond to their questions. Our students have been directly contacted so that they can be confident that this action has no effect on their academic status.
As a result of Claremont Lincoln’s decision to discontinue several of its programs, a number of Claremont Lincoln students will seek admission to the seminary to complete their post-graduate studies. Students potentially affected by these changes have been informed of their options for pursuing a fully accredited degree at Claremont School of Theology.
Claremont School of Theology is committed to being a leader in theological education for the 21st Century. In order to accomplish that, we must be laser-focused on our mission to provide a faith-centered graduate-level education. The decision to end the relationship with Claremont Lincoln will allow our school to direct all our resources to that mission.
We ask all who care for our seminary to hold our campus community in prayer throughout this transition, as we lift up our brothers and sisters at Claremont Lincoln in prayer as it moves forward along its own path.
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