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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.

ATS Member Status: Accredited

1325 North College Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711-3199

Phone: 909-447-2500
Fax: 909-626-7062

Jerry D. Campbell, President Ph: 909-447-2552
Philip Clayton, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean Ph: 909 447-2570

Denomination: United Methodist Church

Fall 2010 Data:
Enrollment: 366 (343.1 FTE)
Faculty Full-Time: 23
Faculty Part-Time: 23

Approved Degrees: MDiv, MA in Religious Education, MA (Religion), MA (Theological Studies), DMin, PhD (preliminary), PhD (Theology and Personality)

Comprehensive distance education program: no

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3 Reviews

  1. Perduring spiritual values and integrity of mission continue to attract the best faculty and students to this “Citadel” on Indian Hill — a storied highway.

  2. Watered down nonsense from a dying school. When they can’t hold onto any real theological substance, they turn to other religions for staff. Such a waste of a formerly good school.

    • I find that embracing the differences that once separated the world into who was going to hell and who would enter Paradise is a necessity that has been unfolded to us through our ever blossoming understanding of God. God didn’t stop interacting with us in the 1st century and what is silly to consider evil now was just as clear to those who called for the death of a most dangerous Rabbi to maintain the integrity of God’s people and the religion created through prophets imbued with the holy spirit and from supernatural means such as a burning bush. So do we stop with that? No, we continue to expand our capacity to understand and we can’t keep the childish image of millennia, just to feel safe. The challenge is to find the same spirit and know it more clearly as layers of cultural rather than spiritual husk fall away to reveal more clarity. God be with you and thank you for reading with an open heart.

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