The wire services are buzzing this week with news about United Methodist related (for now) Claremont School of Theology's launch of a new cross-training program for Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders. Earlier this year, the United Methodist University Senate decided to withhold denominational funding from the institution. According to the AP, that amounts to about $800,000 a year. That same story, however, mentions an initial $10 million donation to Claremont, part of which has already been used to hire Muslim and Jewish faculty members. Supporters of the cross-training concept are hoping to raise at least $40 million. My guess is the UMC won't be able to twist Claremont's arm with the paltry sum of 800 grand, so look for either the school or the denomination to tell the other to take a hike sooner or later. Or, if no one raises a fuss, Claremont and the UMC might keep a marriage of convenience going. But conservatives in the denomination aren't going to be happy about a Christian school training leaders from other religions. Exactly who are the groups and individuals with a stake in this pluralism experiment? We know there has already been at least one large donation. And how can a Christian seminary train people of other religions without propagating "another gospel"?