The Leader in Graduate Interfaith Education

With roots that go back to 1834, Hartford Seminary is a non-denominational graduate school for religious and theological studies. What makes us unique is our multi-faith environment and our proven ability to prepare leaders for the complex world that surrounds us.

News View All

Imam Khalil Abdullah Appointed Assistant Dean at Princeton
Imam Khalil Abdullah '19 will succeed Imam Sohaib Sultan '10 as Assistant Dean for Muslim Life at Princeton University. Imam Sultan passed away in April at the age of 40 about a year after being diagnosed with a rare cancer. Princeton's Office of Religious Life announced that Imam Abdullah would start in mid-August. Since 2017, he has been the Muslim and Interfaith Advisor at Dartmouth College and co-chair of Dartmouth's Council on Diversity and Inclusion. "Imam Khalil is no stranger to the Office of Religious Life, having served on our Advisory Council since 2019," Princeton said in its announcement. "He has also been invited on numerous occasions to lead prayers and other events for our Muslim Life Program and has become a cherished spiritual advisor to many at Princeton." Wasim Shiliwala GS, a student leader in the Muslim community and member of the search committee for the position, was quoted in the announcement: “He is someone that Sohaib thought highly of - which speaks magnitudes about his character. In addition to a kind heart, he brings a wealth of experience caring for students of all faiths and backgrounds." Imam Abdullah will serve in a program that Princeton describes as "a national model for its expansiveness of programming, breadth of inclusion of all Muslims and non-Muslims, its intellectual depth, its beauty, challenge, support, and relevance." Congratulations, Khalil!  
Academic Dean David D. Grafton Has New Book on Lutheran-Muslim Relationships
Academic Dean David D. Grafton has edited a collection of essays that document the "focus on Islam" launched by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in the 1980s. More than a Cup of Coffee and Tea: A Generation of Lutheran-Muslim Relationships is a testament to the ELCA's efforts to "witness to the Christian faith and listen to Muslim neighbors for the purpose of understanding and to work for a common cause of justice," according to Pickwick Publications, the book's publisher. With a forward by Presiding Bishop of the ELCA, Elizabeth K. Eaton, and President of the Islamic Society of North America, Sayyid M. Syeed, the book serves as a counterpoint to the rise of Islamophobia in the United States by describing positive relationships with Muslim neighbors and communities. "I grew up learning to drink coffee and tea from my Muslim sisters and brothers in Senegal. . . . In a time of continued discord and misunderstanding between Western and Islamic-majority worlds, More Than a Cup of Coffee and Tea is an invitation to listen, to learn, and to be inspired toward making an intentional impact in the distinct contexts in which we live," said Paul-Gordon Chandler, bishop of The Episcopal Church in Wyoming and founding president of CARAVAN. Dean Grafton, Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary, is an ELCA pastor and theological educator who has taught in seminaries in Philadelphia and Cairo, Egypt. He has also served congregations in New Jersey, England, and Cairo. Among other publications, he is the author of Piety, Politics and Power: Lutherans Encountering Islam in the Middle East and An American Biblical Orientalism: The Construction of Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Nineteenth-Century American Evangelical Piety
President Lohr Writes about New Book 'Mitka's Secret'
President Joel N. Lohr has written a blog post describing when he first learned about Mitka Kalinski, the subject of his latest book, who survived seven years of enslavement by a Nazi officer when he was a child. It was President Lohr's next-door neighbor in California who, in July 2015, shared the story about Mitka Kalinski and his wife Adrienne, who only learned about her husband's harrowing past after 28 years of marriage. That conversation led to a meeting with Mitka and Adrienne Kalinski, which eventually led to the book, Mitka's Secret, being released on July 20. President Lohr is a co-author along with Steven W. Brallier and Lynn G. Beck. "It’s hard to believe that the day has finally arrived for the book to be published," President Lohr wrote in his blog post. "July 20 is not far away. Our advance author copies arrived this week. Holding the book in my hands feels like such a long time coming." To read the full blog post, visit this link. To pre-order the book, visit this link. Hartford Seminary will join with Voices of Hope, the Mandell JCC of Greater Hartford, the Nashville Holocaust Memorial, and the the Gordon JCC Nashville to host all three authors on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Mandell JCC and via Zoom. More details and a registration link will be shared on our website and in our newsletter soon.    

Events View All

Featured Blogs View All

Hartford Seminary became the first seminary in America to open its doors to women, in 1889.
In 1902, Hartford Seminary was a founding member of the American Association of Schools of Religious Education.
The first American center for the study of Islam and Christian-Muslim relations opened at Hartford Seminary in 1973.
In 1990, Hartford Seminary became the first nondenominational theological institution in North America to name a female president.
Naming a Muslim to the core faculty was a first for nondenominational theological institutions in North America in 1991.
Hartford Seminary established the first Islamic Chaplaincy Program in America in 2001.
The first chair of Shi’i Studies in North America launched at Hartford Seminary in 2015.

Receive Our


Hartford Seminary