Leaders from Claremont School of Theology spent the weekend of February 24 through 26th in San Diego, strengthening longtime friendships and planning future collaborations. Dozens of supporters and those who wanted to know more about CST attended one or more of several weekend events.
“This weekend involved some great conversations about what theological education needs to look like and we’re working on that vision together,” said Rev. Craig Brown. “I personally appreciate the depth of experience that CST provides regarding interreligious education. This is simply a “must” in educating future leaders – whether it be for church or mosque, school or hospital. We need to understand one another at the core and CST prepares its graduates with that knowledge.”
CST President, the Rev. Dr. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan led the contingency that included Noemi Ortega, Director of Alumni Relations, and Rev. Dr. Kathy Black, Professor of Homiletics and Liturgics. Dr. Black preached on the eschatology of communion at all three sanctuary services. (Listen to her sermon, “Dinner Invitations,” by clicking here and forwarding to 4:03:44 – 4:34:44 on the timeline). CST Director of Communications, Kim Edwards (CST ’15), a First Church member, preached at the contemporary worship service called Water’s Edge (WE).
On Saturday night, Rev. Craig Brown and Rev. John Fanestil (CST ’92) hosted conversations with President Kuan on the future of interreligious education and CST’s role in preparing leaders of the future church. Rev. Fanestil also discussed the recent launch of the Apostello Academy, a laity training project launched by the San Diego School of Christian Studies, and potential partnerships with CST to bring more for-credit learning to San Diego.
CST is the California-Pacific Conference’s UMC seminary and First Church has a long history of helping to inspire church members to answer the call to ministry.
“First UMC, San Diego welcomed us like old friends coming home for a visit,” said President Kuan. “We have always had a good relationship with First Church and, in the past decade alone, have seen a steady stream of First Church members answering the call to ministry by attending seminary at Claremont School of Theology. We have some important ideas to work out but soon we hope to be offering more connections between CST and the greater San Diego area.”