This is a sad note regarding the state of Methodist seminary education in the United States. Methodist Thinker, a website providing current events and news relative to the UMC, noted today that the Claremont School of Theology in southern California has decided to embrace the education and instruction of Islamic imams and Jewish rabbis. Claremont is one of thirteen United Methodist seminaries in the US. From my perspective this is really over the top especially given their desire to ultimately expand their educational mandate to other religions as well at some point.
The United Methodist Church' University Senate has not viewed this development in a favorable light. See here for the full article on this matter.