12 June : Hindus have welcomed plans of prestigious Claremont School of Theology (CST) in California (USA) to train “religious leaders for a variety of religious traditions”, including Hinduism.
Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that religion was the most powerful, complex and far-reaching force in our society, so we must take it seriously. And we all knew that religion comprised much more than our own particular tradition/experience.
Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that in our shared pursuit for the truth, we could learn from one another and thus could arrive nearer to the truth. As dialogue brought us reciprocal enrichment, we would be spiritually richer than before the contact.
CST website says: “…we will graduate religious leaders who are well-prepared to recognize and cooperate with other religious traditions that can play important roles in addressing the needs of our contemporary world”.
Claremont School of Theology, a graduate school of The United Methodist Church, has functioned as a Methodist theological school since its foundation in 1885. Jerry D. Campbell is the President.