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Mister Rogers In CLU’s Neighborhood

In the fall of 1996, as she embarked upon a new chapter in life, rife with challenges, our very own Dr. Stephanie Varnon-Hughes, Director of the Claremont Core, received a personal letter from Fred Rogers that changed her life—for the better. In this special edition of In Times Like These, we’ll hear from Dr. Varnon-Hughes about the amazing story of receiving help, hope, and happiness in the kind words of Mr. Rogers.

  • Would you agree that the letter captures empathy?
  • Have we lost the “empathetic ear” in our society today?
  • How would you describe Mister Roger’s legacy?
  • Are you going to watch the new documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
  • Join us on social media to continue the discussion

The Mister Rogers show debuted nationwide on February 19, 1968, and ran until August 31, 2001. During that period, Rogers responded to every letter that was written to him as he worked diligently to make the world less frightening to children and to create a more empathetic society. To celebrate the 50 years that have passed since the show first launched, a new documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? will debut nationwide this Friday, June 8.

Please join us at Claremont Lincoln University as we celebrate the timely message of tolerance and love that Mr. Rogers taught each day to children around the world. As Rogers often commented, “If you look for the helpers, you’ll know there’s hope.” We agree.

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The letter from Mister Rogers addressed to Dr. Varnon-Hughes

About the Podcast

In Times Like These explores the difficult spaces we humans navigate in culture and religion, in dialogue and doubt. We talk to voices from the field, in law, activism, civil rights, and from places of struggle and places of deep learning. In Times Like These, we unpack the most troubling issues of politics and faith we face, together.

In Times Like These is hosted by Dr. Stephanie Varnon-Hughes and is a CLU Live production by Claremont Lincoln University.

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Stephanie Varnon-Hughes

Stephanie Varnon-Hughes

Stephanie Varnon-Hughes, Ph.D., is the Director of the Claremont Core at Claremont Lincoln University, and an award winning teacher and interfaith leader. She is the host of the religion & culture podcast In Times Like These and author of Interfaith Grit: How Uncertainty Will Save Us. Varnon-Hughes was a co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Inter-Religious Studies, a peer reviewed journal, and its sister publication, State of Formation, an online forum for emerging religious and ethical leaders. She holds a Ph.D. from Claremont Lincoln University, an M.A. and S.T.M. from Union Theological Seminary and her undergraduate degrees are in English and Education, from Webster University.

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Stephanie Varnon-Hughes

Stephanie Varnon-Hughes

Stephanie Varnon-Hughes, Ph.D., is the Director of the Claremont Core at Claremont Lincoln University, and an award winning teacher and interfaith leader. She is the host of the religion & culture podcast In Times Like These and author of Interfaith Grit: How Uncertainty Will Save Us. Varnon-Hughes was a co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Inter-Religious Studies, a peer reviewed journal, and its sister publication, State of Formation, an online forum for emerging religious and ethical leaders. She holds a Ph.D. from Claremont Lincoln University, an M.A. and S.T.M. from Union Theological Seminary and her undergraduate degrees are in English and Education, from Webster University.

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