You’ve signed up for your first seminary class to be a mainline protestant minister and you enter the room to find . . .
not a pentecostal, not a independent fundamental but a Muslim or a rabbi seeking to further his education. Actually, it’s cross-training, not full degree programs.
The experimental approach is intended to create U.S. religious leaders who not only preach tolerance in an era of religious strife but who have lived it themselves by rubbing shoulders with those in other Abrahamic faiths.
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But organizers have not been able to avoid acrimony entirely. Some more conservative elements in the Christian and Jewish communities have pushed back, worried the approach may dilute their own faiths.
I’m just trying to picture how this is going to work. I’m all for us living civilly in the same areas and learning about each other to help make that happen, but the purpose of a seminary is to train men and women for their ministry areas – to make sure they have a thorough understanding of their own faiths, creeds, Scriptures. I think the concern over dilution is terribly valid.