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Couple's donation creates interreligious university in Claremont

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The Claremont School of Theology is teaming up with two other religious institutions to form a new interreligious university: Claremont Lincoln University. The new school will incorporate the Academy for Jewish Religion and the Islamic Center of Southern California.

Entrepreneur David Lincoln and his wife, Joan, donated $50 million to set up the new school. Lincoln is also a trustee of the Claremont School of Theology. He says the new school will teach students about their own faith and others.

“We also want to have, also will have, a university-wide curriculum that will take the students from the seminaries and train them so that they can get along with each other on the cross-religion basis," said Lincoln.

The school will also offer programs in areas like conflict resolution.

Claremont Lincoln University will accept its first students in the fall. The school may add Buddhist and Hindu studies in the future.