NEW YORK--New York Theological Seminary is partnering with Auburn Theological
Seminary to launch a new Multifaith Doctor of Ministry in the fall of 2006 for
professionals who serve across religious boundaries.
The time to think beyond the traditional categories of seminary education has
come, says Dr. Dale T. Irvin, Acting President and Professor of World
Christianity at New York Theological Seminary. We do a great job in training
ministers to work in their home communities, but we need more options for
training them for public leadership. This requires a sensitivity and knowledge
of religious differences, especially at a time when the boundaries between
church and state are being fiercely debated.
The director of Auburnís Center for Multifaith Education, Rabbi Daniel S.
Brenner has been envisioning such a program for several years. Hospital,
college, prison, and military chaplains are seeing Americaís new religious
diversity first hand. It is time for a professional degree for all those
who serve social and spiritual needs across boundaries.
Joining the program as a senior advisor will be Paul Knitter, Professor
Emeritus of Theology at Xavier University. Author of Theologies of
Religions, One Earth - Many Religions: Multifaith Dialogue and
Global Responsibility, and numerous articles, Knitter is a world-renowned
expert in inter-religious relations
New York Theological Seminary, founded in 1901, and Auburn Theological
Seminary, founded in 1818, both have long histories as pioneering
institutions. New York Theological Seminary was a pioneer in urban and
multicultural ministry while Auburn was one of the first seminaries to
specialize in continuing education for clergy. In the fall of 2006, these
two neighboring seminaries will forge a new path together as they open their
doors to clergy who serve across religious boundaries.
The program is open to ministers and rabbis with degrees from accredited
seminaries as well as leaders and educators of other religious traditions who
have completed 72 graduate credits in professional religious studies. The
diverse group of students will come together in an environment that according to
Knitter will promote a dialogue in which all sides are able to hear and be
challenged by the others and at the same time to speak and challenge in
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