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.

Online Information Session - Sept 28 at 5:30pm (PST)

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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