MECCA Institute is an inclusive and progressive online Islamic seminary, and serves as an online center of Islamic learning and contemporary Islamic research for those seeking more expansive and inclusive interpretations of Islamic texts
The Islamic faith is the product of many centuries of development, through many different types of cultural and ethical adaptations, though often incorporating simplifications and misconstruing of Quranic and historical facts. This has led to a faith that, instead of calling all to Allah, instead has become a faith that excludes and oppresses many of our human family. This status quo is no longer tenable in today’s world. The demand for a non-traditional theological Muslim institution that fully embraces women, the LGBTQI community, Islamic minority sects, and non-Muslims is upon us. The central driving question of MECCA Institute is: What is Islam for Modern Times?
Our primary program offers a terminal Chaplaincy certificate to those who feel called to serve contemporary Muslims in framework of openness and inclusivity. A diversity of students at MECCA Institute’s seminary program will engage directly with the text, learn Quran and its ethics, develop a clear understanding of Islamic history, and be groomed to offer alternative spiritual pathways to Muslim believers. The certificate program is a 2-year, 36 credit (12 graduate level courses) degree in Islamic Chaplaincy.
Graduates of our chaplaincy program would work in public service areas such as hospitals, schools, universities, the armed services, as well as private religious centers such as mosques and inclusive prayer centers. Inclusively trained chaplains would provide religious services and rites, as well as pastoral counseling, to Muslims currently denied access in traditional Muslim institutions in non-Muslim and Muslim sovereign states. We seek to expand the number of non-traditional chaplains to bridge the gaps between our diverse Muslim communities.
MECCA Institute will also offer a continuing education program for laypersons to learn the basics of the Islamic faith. Courses in such areas as Quranic ethics, Islamic history, philosophy of Quran, the Arabic language, Islamic art and Islamic spirituality and mysticism, would be focused on responding to the general needs of Muslims and non-Muslims interested in knowing the Islamic religion without the narrow constrictions of cultural adaptations and religious mythologies.
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