Seminary Offers Doctorate for Ministry in a Multi-faith Context

Source: New York Theological Seminary

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On March 21, 2006 New York Theological Seminary reported, “New York Theological Seminary is partnering with Auburn Theological Seminary to launch a new Multifaith Doctor of MinistryMinister is a general term for a member of the clergy in the Christian church. The term has also come to use in other religious traditions to designate a member of the clergy (as in the Jodo Shinshu tradition and the Nation of Islam). in the fall of 2006 for professionals who serve across religious boundaries.

‘The time to think beyond the traditional categories of seminary education has come,’ says Dr. Dale T. Irvin, Acting President and Professor of World ChristianityChristianity is the religious tradition of Christians: those who confesses faith in Jesus Christ, follow the path Christ taught, and gather together in the community of the church. at New York Theological Seminary. ‘We do a great job in training ministersMinister is a general term for a member of the clergy in the Christian church. The term has also come to use in other religious traditions to designate a member of the clergy (as in the Jodo Shinshu tradition and the Nation of Islam). to work in their home communities, but we need more options for training them for public leadership. This requires a sensitivity and knowledge of religious differences, especially at a time when the boundaries between churchThe term church has come to wide use to refer to the organized and gathered religious community. In the Christian tradition, church refers to the organic, interdependent “body” of Christ’s followers, the community of Christians. Secondarily, church ... and state are being fiercely debated.’

The director of Auburn’s Center for Multifaith Education, RabbiRabbi means “my master,” an authorized teacher or master of the Torah and the classical Jewish tradition. After the fall of the second Temple in 70 CE and the scattering of the Jewish people in exile, the role of the rabbi became very important in gat... Daniel S. Brenner has been envisioning such a program for several years. ‘Hospital, college, prison, and military chaplainsA chaplain is a member of the clergy who serves in a prison, a hospital, a college, or some other institution outside the context of the normal congregational life of a religious community. are seeing America’s new religious diversity first hand. It is time for a professional degree for all those who serve social and spiritual needs across boundaries.’

Joining the program as a senior advisor will be Paul Knitter, Professor Emeritus of Theology at Xavier University. Author of Theologies of Religions, One Earth – Many Religions: Multifaith Dialogue and Global Responsibility, and numerous articles, Knitter is a world-renowned expert in inter-religious relations.”