Hartford Seminary is a non-denominational graduate school for religious and theological studies, resided in Connecticut, United States. The seminary was established in 1834 with the purpose to trained pastors and missionaries. However, since 1972 it transformed into the center of Christian-Muslim dialogue, and it was among the earliest American educational institutions that offered Islamic Studies. Hartford Seminary is the home of Hartford Institute for Religion Research and The Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. Through these academic institutions, Hartford Seminary invested its energy for creating a peaceful multi-faith environment and its curriculum prepared the religious leaders to give positive contributions to the world on inter-religious understanding.
On October 19, 2016, the members of Hartford Seminary’s Board of Trustees visited Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS). The Seminary and ICRS have developed communication and cooperation since 2007. One of the realizations of this cooperation, among others was the Seminary became the place for some of ICRS students enhanced their dissertation research within the scheme of sandwich program. Both institutions found mutual understanding and spirit in envisioning the peace among religions of the world. The President of Hartford Seminary, Dr. Heidi Hadsell in her remarks praised the development of ICRS within the first decade. She emphasis that, “ICRS and Hartford Seminary’s work is compatible. Besides, [Hartford Seminary] is an International study program.” Dr. Hadsell, who also served as Professor of Social Ethics further asserted that both institutions are “have the same spirit where both of us believe that through good interfaith relations, a dream of just and peaceful world can come true.” She finally concluded that “We will continue our partnership.”