Addressing Social Issues Through Interfaith Engagement

Interfaith Action is an emerging specialty that demands critical skills and perspectives from beyond the religious and/or theological disciplines in order to be effective in post-secular contexts. These contexts point to the increasing presence of religion-based conflict and tension between sacred and secular opinion-formers in the public sphere.

The Master of Arts in Interfaith Action program can help you develop the social, religious and political perspectives, collaborative engagement, and self-reflection skills you need to become an interfaith ambassador.

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Learning Outcomes

The M.A. in Interfaith Action aligns with the mission of Claremont Lincoln University to educate leaders capable of reaching across differences to create a more just and sustainable world. In this program you will learn:

  • Power & Privilege: Explore and interpret religion in relation to structures of power and privilege and in the context of cultural, political, and economic histories.
  • Religious Literacy: Demonstrate an integrated knowledge of research and construct an evolving literacy of major religious traditions and cultural identities.
  • Conflict Resolution: Appraise the function of religio-cultural identities and apply strategies to resolve moral-based conflicts in a way that is non-defensive, confident, and respectful.
  • Action Research: Research, collaborate, design, and implement high-impact strategies in a leadership action plan for social change.
  • Post-Secular Understanding: Analyze and interrogate normative and popular categories of religion while developing a post-secular awareness to interpret the evolving role of religious and secular traditions in the public sphere.
  • Interpersonal Communication: Develop and demonstrate the interpersonal and engagement skills necessary for effective leaders in a global community or organization.

Career Fields Applicable to an M.A. in Interfaith Action

As a graduate of the Master of Arts in Interfaith Action, you’ll be prepared to approach your vocation from a new perspective. The skills and competencies this degree offers you can apply to careers in:

  • Ministries
  • Missionary organizations
  • Social service agencies
  • Non-government organizations
  • Non-profits
  • Faith-based organizations
Center for the Study of Religion, Culture and Foreign Affairs

The Center for the Study of Religion, Culture and Foreign Affairs promotes the cultivation of scholar-practitioners by advancing interdisciplinary research that explores the intersection between religion and culture in foreign policy. By advancing faculty and student relations, the Center strives to:

  • Support faculty and student development by cultivating practitioner-led research and disseminating findings to key stakeholders;
  • Encourage innovative practices in diplomacy and public discourse between faith-based practitioners and state actors; and
  • Foster public dialogue between scholars, students, and practitioners on the impact of religion, and cultural-based issues in local and global contexts.

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What Makes CLU Different?

The Claremont Core

The Claremont Core®

Mindfulness – Dialogue – Collaboration – Change
Our new global era demands a unique set of skills and critical perspectives to be an effective change-maker in the world. The Claremont Core® is a sequence of courses in which you develop your capacities for awareness and compassion, engage in dialogue and collaboration across differences, and craft effective strategies for community transformation.

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Capstone Action Projects

Capstone Action Projects

Your educational experience at Claremont Lincoln University culminates in the Capstone Action Project. This self-directed project draws on your entire educational experience where you research, collaborate, design, and implement high-impact strategies in a action plan for social change.

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Online Masters Degree

Online by Design

When done right, online education can be an effective way for students to learn from each other and directly apply course materials to their current work. The M.A. in Interfaith Action curriculum was specifically designed to be online in order to maximize collaboration from a global student population, allow students to remain in their communities and decrease the cost of education.

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Weekend Gatherings

Weekend Gatherings

Twice a year students have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with classmates, faculty and community leaders for a weekend of keynote speakers, workshops and networking. It’s a great time to meet those you’ll interact with online and collaborate in the same space to address current social issue.

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