Chicago Seminary Hopes to Join Other Faiths In Training Clergy

July 12, 2010

Author: Manya Brachear

Source: The Chicago Tribune


A Chicago seminary plans to pioneer a new way to train clergy in the context of many faiths other than their own.

Meadville Lombard Theological School, a Unitarian Universalist seminary in Hyde Park, hopes to join Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Catholic and Protestant institutions to train clergy together, including offering some shared courses where there is common ground. Andover Newton Theological School, a United Church of Christ seminary in the Boston area, is the only partner so far.
Leaders say the interreligious approach heralds the future of theological education and could save financially strapped seminaries nationwide.