EXPLORING DIFFERENCES, DEEPENING FAITH

EXPLORING DIFFERENCES, DEEPENING FAITH

EXPLORING DIFFERENCES, DEEPENING FAITH

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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.

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Hartford Seminary Receives One of First Grants for Hartford Foundation's Faith Community Program
A collaboration between Hartford Seminary's Black Ministries Program (BMP) and My People Community Services is among the first grantees in the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving's Faith Community Grant program. The foundation announced on June 15, 2021, that the proposed collaboration, a program called Faithful Healing: Training Ministers, Pastors, Imams, and Chaplains to Address the Trauma of Racial Injustice and COVID-19, will receive a $14,000 award. Established in 1982, BMP offers a two-year, certificate program. It has prepared more than 1000 clergy and laity to be effective advocates for their urban congregations and communities. BMP will collaborate with My People Community Services (MPCS). Founded in 2014, MPCS is a mission-driven, community-based social service agency that supports, empowers, and rebuilds the lives of individuals and families it serves. Its staff of diverse and culturally competent professionals includes social workers, marriage and family therapists, fatherhood engagement support staff, and parent educators. The goal of Faithful Healing is to enable pastors, ministers, imams, chaplains and our lay leaders to heal their congregations and to provide relief to those in emotional pain. A holistic training and personalized mentoring program will provide the skills to uplift congregations through the difficult years to come. Through this grant, clergy can assist with individual cases by providing access to free therapeutic services. The grant will provide training, mentoring, and counseling to religious leaders and community members. Faithful Healing will comprise three main components: extensive training for Hartford clergy, chaplains and religious leadership; post-training, professional mentorship for program participants; and psychological counseling for those most in distress. About the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is the community foundation for Hartford and 28 surrounding towns. Through partnerships, the Foundation seeks to strengthen communities in Greater Hartford by putting philanthropy in action to dismantle structural racism and achieve equity in social and economic mobility. Made possible by the gifts of generous individuals, families and organizations, the Foundation has awarded grants of more than $849 million since its founding in 1925. For more information, visit www.hfpg.org or call 860-548-1888.
New Dean's Scholarships Will Offer 60% Off Tuition
Hartford Seminary is excited to announce Dean’s Scholarships of 60% off tuition for newly accepted, full-time MA degree program students beginning Fall 2021. Three scholarships for the Master of Arts in Chaplaincy and three scholarships for the Master of Arts in Interreligious Studies programs will be awarded to students who meet eligibility requirements. To qualify for consideration, students must be first-time matriculated enrollees and must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 in their previous Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programs. A one-page essay on how this scholarship will benefit them is required (emailed to admissions@hartsem.edu). Applicants must be admitted to Hartford Seminary by July 31, 2021. To be considered for financial aid, the deadline for applications is July 15. Recipients are required to maintain a 3.5 GPA and full-time status (three courses) in each consecutive semester (fall and spring) for scholarship renewal. In addition, each year, domestic students must file the FAFSA and the Hartford Seminary Financial Aid Supplement and international students must file the Guarantor’s Statement of Financial Support along with the Hartford Seminary Financial Aid Supplement. Recipients of these awards will not be eligible for additional Hartford Seminary institutional financial aid grants. Contact the Office of Admissions, admissions@hartsem.edu, for more information.  
Study Finds 31% Increase in U.S. Mosques from 2010 to 2020
A new study done in conjunction with the Faith Communities Today project, a research partnership working with the Hartford Institute of Religion Research, found that the U.S. saw a 31 percent increase in mosques between 2010 and 2020. "Undoubtedly, the primary driving force for the increase of mosques is the steady expansion of the population of Muslims in America due to immigration and birth rate," the study said. The study, which has been widely cited in press reports around the country, also found that mosques are increasing in suburbia and declining in downtown areas of major cities. Other major findings: The number of mosque participants continues to grow. Conversions decreased. There was a sharp decrease in African American mosques and the number of African American attendees. Mosques are not attracting a significant percentage of Generation Z and young millennials. The number of purpose-built mosques continues to grow. Neighborhood and Zoning Board resistance to mosque development has increased. More Imams are full-time and paid, and more are American-born. Mosque governance is still varied and evolving. Mosque income continues to grow. Dr. Ihsan Bagby was the primary investigator and report author. Dr. Scott Thumma, Professor of Sociology of Religion, was on the Research Advisory Committee. The full report can be found here: [pdf-embedder url="https://www.hartsem.edu/wp-content/uploads/Mosque-Report.pdf" title="Mosque Report"]

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2021 Luce-Hartford Conference in Christian-Muslim Relations
The 2021 Luce-Hartford Conference in Christian-Muslim Relations will focus on the current state of Muslim and Christian relationships within congregations, masjids, Islamic centers, and social services in the midst of the COVID-19 health care crisis and the longstanding pandemics of racial injustice, inter-ethnic and interreligious tensions. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Kameelah Mu’Min Rashad, who will speak on “The Light of Faith: Spiritual Resilience & Coping in the COVID Age” The conference will address: How COVID-19 has disrupted and impacted previous Muslim-Christian relationships, or how it has galvanized communities to new activities, Methods that Christian and Muslim communities have developed to continue providing interreligious opportunities, The role of Racism and Islamophobia on African-American Muslim and Christian communities, Interfaith engagement and opportunities that have responded to religious nationalisms, and Opportunities for interfaith networking For more information on the conference, visit this page. The conference will have three sessions over two days: Monday, June 7, 7 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. - The Pandemics in North America Tuesday, June 8,  11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. - The Pandemic in the Middle East, South, and Southeast Asia Tuesday, June 8, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. - The Pandemics, Interfaith Relations and the Arts Visit this link for the complete schedule. Registration through Eventbrite will provide a Zoom link that is good for all three sessions. Eventbrite will send reminders the day before and the day the sessions.

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DID YOU KNOW...
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.

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