Methodists suspend funding of two seminaries

Claremont School of Theology, United Theological Seminary
The United Methodist Church is withholding funds from two of its seminaries until they submit updated financial reports, and one campus—Claremont School of Theology in southern California—will also have to defend its proposed reconfiguration into a multireligious university.

In the meantime, officials at both Claremont and at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, say they are seeking to find sources to cover about $350,000 in operating costs over the five months before July 1.

“This unexpected shortfall is an in credible hardship,” said Jon Hooten, com munications director for Claremont.


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