This week, I received a little help telling Claremont's story from William MacKaye. Bill, who is a former Religion Editor for the Washington Post, spent a couple days on campus with us this summer to write an in-depth feature for In Trust Magazine, which is a national publication for leaders in theological education. Bill is also Editor Emeritus of this magazine, which he worked on for a decade ... so he knows a thing or two about theological schools and graduate education.
When Bill first arrived in Claremont to research his story, he said the University Project sounds like a "cockamammy" idea -- his words, not mine! But he left two days later convinced, I believe, of the prospects and promise of our new mission and vision. In the article, he writes:
Claremont School of Theology was founded as a school to prepare Methodists for ministry. Later, it was known as the intellectual home for "process theology." It was on the vanguard of launching pastoral counseling as a recognized therapeutic specialty. Today, Claremont is aiming for the cutting edge again, developing a new mission as a multireligious graduate university whose alumni of many faiths will devote themselves to repairing a fractured world.The magazine's blog also posted some recent photos of Claremont's campus. But if you have a few minutes, I hope you will read the story in its entirety. It is a wonderful snapshot of the challenges we have overcome and the audacity of the mission ahead of us.