Advent Calendar Day 22: Claremont School of Theology

Claremont School of Theology (CST) and more

In 1984, as part of my preparation to be received as an Episcopal priest, I attended Bloy House on the campus of Claremont School of Theology. In 2008, before my illness, I had begun the Doctor of Ministry program at Claremont School of Theology. Cherry Remboldt, our deacon, studied for ordination at Bloy House and received her Master of Arts degree in Theology from Claremont School of Theology. John Tincher, an ordained United Methodist minister and a regular worshiper at St. Margaret’s, serves on the Board of Claremont School of Theology.  Claremont School of Theology is a leader in theological education and it’s just down the road from us, a wonderful resource for us all. ~dan rondeau

Mission Statement

Claremont School of Theology is United Methodist in origin and affiliation and ecumenical in spirit. As a founding school of Claremont Lincoln University, it seeks to instill students with ethical integrity, religious intelligence, and intercultural understanding. Nurtured by Christian Scripture, tradition, experience, and reason, it prepares individuals for ordination and effective leadership in service to God, the academy, and the world, and equips them to pursue peaceful coexistence and collaboration with other religions.

Adopted February 2010

Learn more about CST and its Affiliated Institutions:

Claremont School of Theology

Claremont Lincoln University

Bloy House, The Episcopal Theological School at Claremont

Other Affiliated Institutions – in addition to Bloy House and Claremont Lincoln University, CST is home to Disciples Seminary Foundation, Center for Lutheran StudiesBayan College (educating Muslim leaders) and is affiliated with Claremont Graduate University, especially the School of Religion

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About Claremont

Claremont School of Theology isn’t like most theological schools. Yes, we educate ministers and other leaders in service of Church and society. Yes, we’re rooted in a particular tradition — The United Methodist Church — but we are broad in denominational composition and outlook. And yes, we offer opportunities for spiritual formation, intellectual exploration, and practical preparation.

But that’s where the similarities end.

Claremont School of Theology is a transdenominational theological school and a founding member of a new multireligious consortium that’s embarking on a bold 21st century experiment. Located in Southern California — the most diverse region in the United States — Claremont School of Theology is looking forward to the needs of the future church, one that’s ready to preach and practice the Gospel message of love and compassion in a radically diverse world.

To do that, we’re building on a relatively simple educational philosophy: we are desegregating religious education so our students can better learn about others as they learn about ourselves. Research is showing that students gain a deeper understanding of their own faith when educated in the presence of religious diversity. It’s a ground-breaking — and controversial — approach to ministerial education and Christian formation. –from the CST website, accessed 14 Dec 2011

Watch “Multifaith Theological Education” an Introduction to Claremont Lincoln University (a 7 minute video article from Religion & Ethics on PBS)


Author: Daniel Rondeau

I am a husband and father and an Episcopal Priest (from the Diocese of San Diego; "Retired" due to illness).

3 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Day 22: Claremont School of Theology”

    1. Claremont School of Theology is leading the way into the 21st century. The way: for all God’s children to live reconciled to one another, in harmony with each other, in harmony with God’s creation.

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