Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Christian, Jewish, and Islamic Faith Leaders in Dialogue

FUMC Pasadena
SpiritSeekers Adult Class presents

Christian, Jewish, and Islamic Faith Leaders in Dialogue

Sundays, May 6th & May 13th, 2012
8:30 AM
in the
FUMC Pasadena Chapel

Rev. Jerry Campbell, President of Claremont School of Theology; Rabbi Mel Gottlieb; and Imam Jihad Turk will answer faith questions and discuss the creation of new Claremont Lincoln University, the world's first interreligious university.

A new kind of University, Claremont Lincoln is an interdisciplinary, multicultural and multireligious call to action on behalf of humankind…a place that will educate people of many traditions, side by side, so as all may flourish in a multireligious world.

The vision for Claremont Lincoln University is a spark of optimism for the times we live in.

Join us for this two session conversation on this unique graduate school doing what at one time seemed the impossible – to find the common threads among religious and ethical traditions while honoring the distinctiveness of each.

The SpiritSeekers Sunday morning class for adults offers short-term interest topics and special series relevant to our faith.  Normally meeting at 9:00 AM, this two-part series will begin at 8:30 AM.  This program is free and open to the public.  Light snacks and coffee and childcare will be available.

First United Methodist Church, 500 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, California 91101
(626) 796-0157   |

Speakers Bios:

Rev. Jerry D. Campbell, Ph.D. joined Claremont School of Theology as its sixth president in 2006. An ordained Elder in The United Methodist Church, Dr. Campbell has served the church in the context of universities and graduate theological education. Before coming to Claremont, he was the Chief Information Officer and Dean of Libraries at University of Southern California.  Prior to that, Dr. Campbell served as chief librarian at Iliff School of Theology (Denver), Perkins School of Theology (Dallas), and Duke University. He holds the Ph.D. in American History from University of Denver, where he studied the introduction of biblical criticism into 19th century American theological education.

Rabbi Mel Gottlieb, PhD is the President of the Academy for Jewish Religion, California (AJRCA) as well as Dean of its Rabbinical and Chaplaincy Schools. He also serves as the Vice President of Claremont Lincoln University, AJRCA’s groundbreaking collaborative initiative with Claremont School of Theology and the Islamic Center of Southern California.

Jihad Turk, Ma, Director of Religious Affairs for the Islamic Center of Southern California and Interim Dean of Bayan Claremont, an Islamic Graduate School.  Turk has dedicated himself to improving relations between the Muslim community and other faith traditions in the United States.  A founding board member of the interfaith, Claremont Lincoln University, Turk has spearheaded the founding of Bayan Claremont, an Islamic Graduate School.

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