Multifaith engagement at YDS goes well beyond official commitments and guidelines, however, touching the day-to-day fabric of life at the Divinity School, where Christian students may sit side-by-side with a Jewish student or a Muslim student during the course of a lecture or special event, at chapel, or over lunch. At the heart of the School’s expanding interfaith activities, and a source of inspiration for students interested in learning about non-Christian faiths, are teachers who are deeply engaged in exploration of other religions.
Even the simple, often taken for granted and hurried act of consuming food is subject to measured reflection and meditative awareness in a communal setting. At mealtime, blessings are given before and after eating, and spiritual practices surrounding food and eating are discussed. Participants are equally invested in their intent and desire to connect as deeply as possible to the spiritual and general experiences of eating in a context rooted in community that has an ample supply of tradition, teachings, and practices surrounding food consumption and sharing.
RECONSTRUCTIONIST RABBINICAL COLLEGE In conversation with Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer, Ph.D., Director of the Department of Multifaith Studies and Initiatives, Associate Professor of Religious Studies: For more than twenty years, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) has recognized the need for Jewish leaders to understand other religious traditions and has required its students to engage in multifaith [...]
DOMINICAN SCHOOL OF PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY In conversation with Sr. Marianne Farina, CSC, PhD, Department Chair of Theology: At the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (DSPT), the dialogical reigns supreme. The DSPT is an institution whose commitment to dialogue permeates numerous layers of campus life. From the constant stream of engaged classroom discussion across [...]
Claremont Lincoln University In conversation with Jon Hooten, Special Assistant to the President for the University Project and Ph.D. candidate: Claremont Lincoln University and Claremont School of Theology may be tucked away in an idyllic setting in sunny California, but they are in no way removed from issues of social justice. Claremont Lincoln University and [...]
The DivInnovations series represents an exciting new collaboration that State of Formation and the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue are embarking upon in an effort to capture dynamic research, initiatives, partnerships, and projects (particularly interfaith in nature) at seminaries, divinity schools, and graduate theological settings in general across the nation. We will be posting profiles of institutions both on the State of Formation blog through this account and in each issue of the Journal. We invite you to be in touch about nominating your institution for a profile by emailing our JIRD liaison and profile developer, Sophia Khan.