Claremont School of Theology

Perhaps no seminary in the world is more ecumenically and interreligiously engaged than Claremont School of Theology. Since 1958, CST has maintained ecumenical and interreligious faculty, and today its student body represents more than 40 religious traditions. CST is United Methodist in origin and affiliation and ecumenical and interreligious by design. In the new millennium, CST embarked on a bold vision to expand the field of interreligious education by partnering with local Jewish and Muslim organizations, and ultimately incubating Bayan Islamic Graduate School. These partnerships allowed CST to further integrate interreligious education into its existing programs, design and add new programs, and hire its first Muslim professor. Every CST student for the last decade has been given an education that delves deeply into their own tradition while in dialogue with an interreligious world.

Land Acknowledgment

The Parliament of the World's Religions acknowledges it is situated on the traditional homelands of the Bodéwadmik (Potawatomi), Hoocąk (Winnebago/Ho’Chunk), Jiwere (Otoe), Nutachi (Missouria), and Baxoje (Iowas); Kiash Matchitiwuk (Menominee); Meshkwahkîha (Meskwaki); Asâkîwaki (Sauk); Myaamiaki (Miami), Waayaahtanwaki (Wea), and Peeyankihšiaki (Piankashaw); Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo); Inoka (Illini Confederacy); Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe), and Odawak (Odawa).

PoWR recognizes the region we now call Chicago remains home to a diversity of Indigenous peoples today and this land upon which we walk, live, and play continues to be Indigenous land.

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