Hindus laud new inter-religious model of Andover Newton and Meadville Lombard seminaries

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Nevada (US), June 27 (ANI): Hindus have welcomed reported plans of two leading seminaries, Andover Newton and Meadville Lombard, to form a new inter-religious theological institution for educating religious leaders for service in a pluralistic world.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that religion was the most powerful, complex and far-reaching force in our society, so we must take it seriously. And we all knew that religion comprised much more than our own particular tradition/experience.

Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that in our shared pursuit for the truth, we could learn from one another and thus could arrive nearer to the truth. As dialogue brought us reciprocal enrichment, we would be spiritually richer than before the contact.

This as-yet unnamed innovative "theological university" will be reportedly established on June 15 next by Andover Newton Theological School of Newton Centre (Massachusetts, USA) and Meadville Lombard Theological School Chicago (Illinois, USA).

Other seminaries will also be sought as partners and it will "respond to the growing complexities of a multi-faith society" and will "serve seminarians of all religions, and seeks to strengthen their faiths and identities - not water them down". (ANI)

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