Addressing Social Issues Through Interfaith Engagement — The M.A. in Peace and Social Justice with a Concentration in 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 online master's in Peace and Social Justice with a Concentration 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.
This M.A. in Peace and Social Justice with a Concentration 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:
As a graduate of the Peace and Social Justice with a Concentration in Interfaith Action, you'll be prepared to approach your vocation from a new perspective. The skills & competencies this degree offers you can apply to careers in:
A completed Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is required to apply to Claremont Lincoln University. Neither a GRE or GMAT score is required for enrollment.
The Admissions process has been streamlined for applicants to complete the online application in 15 minutes or less. Unofficial Transcripts and a current Resume or CV are required to be uploaded with the online application. The Enrollment Committee will then review the application and determine an acceptance status within 24 business hours. A determination letter will then be sent, and in return, an acknowledgment of its receipt will be needed. The Admissions, Financial and Student Services Team will finalize any other necessary items to complete Enrollment.
Claremont Lincoln University reserves the right to request additional items as deemed necessary by the enrollment committee to determine student readiness for the graduate level workload. Claremont Lincoln University reserves the right to accept, provisionally accept, or deny students upon the evaluation of all admission documents.
Peace and Social Justice with a Concentration in Interfaith Action Courses.
The Interfaith Action concentration is taken along with courses from The Claremont Core®. These courses teach the engagement skills necessary to implement the theories and ideas of interfaith action and social justice.
Personal, organizational and social transformation occurs along cultural landscapes where core ideals are contested, provoking acts of power and privilege. To be effective in arenas of religious diversity and social change, leaders must have advanced understandings of their own contexts of power and privilege and how to lead effectively given these dynamics. In this course, you will engage contemporary theories of power and privilege in a post-colonial age, be able to identify multiple dimensions of these phenomena in interpersonal and social contexts, and demonstrate capacities for self-awareness and effective negotiation of power differentials in communal and/or organizational contexts.
Establishing an in-depth understanding of religion is essential to defining points of similarity and pluralism in society. This course will assist students in establishing a critical and contextualized understandings of religion, demonstrate an integrated knowledge of research for understanding religion and models for religious engagement, and develop your ability to challenge philosophical assumptions about religion.
As new conflicts of an intractable nature develop, you will need a set of inter-disciplinary skills to identify and dismantle moral-based conflicts. In this course, you will acquire subject-specific knowledge of theories and concepts related to social constructionism, cultural competence, conflict resolution, and their application to global, regional and local contexts. Several contemporary developments will be addressed as case studies during the term. These cases will help to sharpen your conflict resolution skills to assess conflict scenarios, develop robust mediation strategies, and design a collaborative peace plan.
The Interfaith Leader is a transformative action-oriented figure who is able to identify a social problem and craft a vision that incorporates key opinion-formers to respond to an issue. Transformative leadership is a skill that requires a nuanced understanding of social phenomena, self-awareness, and an interdisciplinary skill-set to implement culturally competence measures to lead diverse teams. You should come to this course prepared to engage in interfaith leadership in theoretical and practical ways that includes taking on specific leadership challenges while receiving the intellectual orientation, knowledge, tools, and resources to help maximize your response to local and international issues. This course explores the impact of transformative leadership through the work of celebrated interfaith leaders and their response to practicing the Golden Rule, promoting social justice, grassroots organizing, and interfaith cooperation within multiple contexts.
In religiously plural societies, the ability to engage and communicate fairly across sacred-secular lines is a core skill that social change agents need in the twenty-first century. This course explores the complexities of secularism and religion and its intersection with political systems, social values, and sub-movements in the public sphere. In this course, you will develop a post-secular awareness to interpret the evolving role of sacred and secular traditions while identifying new measures to foster collaborative relations between actors in the public sphere.
In this university-wide foundational course, learners begin their engagement with the four domains that make up the Claremont Core domains: Mindfulness, Dialogue, Collaboration, and Change. These four domains consist of transferable skills and resources that support leadership and facilitation capacities that accentuate students' professional work. Students become familiar with aspects of mindfulness and dialogue that will undergird their work. Concepts of collaboration and change leadership are also introduced, and students begin the process of locating their work in a community where positive social change can be facilitated. Finally, students also determine the scope and aim of their Capstone Projects and begin to use resources from the four Claremont Core® domains to build their research repertoire and leadership acumen.
In a world that is reimagining what is possible, Strategic Communication: Building Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will present students a historic perspective of the legacy and manifestation of structural racism, and other societal and cultural marginalization including the unintended consequences of systemic exclusion. Students will build upon the principles learned in the Claremont Core® to create environments where difficult conversations can take place with both internal and external audiences. This course will equip students to tackle challenges with diverse teams using language which acknowledges and respects difference to create equitable outcomes. In this course, students analyze self, personal strengths, and biases, and accumulate tools and communication skills in dialogue, collaboration, and bridging across divides. With these tools, students hone their abilities to build advocacy for dismantling oppressive structures and rebuilding personal, professional, and civic spaces that maximize diversity and facilitate equity and inclusion for all.
This course builds on the foundational aspects of the Claremont Core®, focusing on how students can become mindful, engaged, and inquisitive research practitioners for positive social change. Students will develop an ability to critically evaluate what research methods are best suited for certain types of research projects. This course will specifically focus on the role of research methods that can address, illuminate, or explain enduring and newly salient social problems.
Throughout the course students will consider the entire research design process, learning how to conceptualize, problematize, diagnose, understand, and translate findings across social, political, environmental, healthcare, and organizational contexts. By the end of this course, students will have had experience posing research questions, exploring their own research goals, understanding the primary components of the research design process, and consuming a variety of styles of inquiry and action. Students will also consider course concepts in the context of their own future projects, and begin activating the research skills they will use in Applying the Claremont Core® Capstone Course. (Prerequisite: MCC 5320: Invitation to Inquiry: Foundations of the Claremont Core®)
As the culminating course in all programs, students apply skills, knowledge, and professional application learned throughout the degree. The planning for this course begins at the start of the program, continues through the evolution of learning as students design their projects, and peaks with students being prepared to implement the project during the capstone course. The specific content in each student's degree program provides a foundation for the research and design. The Capstone Project demonstrates student mastery of program and institutional learning outcomes. Must be taken during student's final term.
In an increasingly interconnected world, leaders who want to make positive, sustainable change need to develop the critical perspectives and collaborative skills necessary to reach across traditional barriers of ideology, culture, and faith. At CLU, we put development of these capabilities at the center of our degree programs. The result is the Claremont Core®, a sequence of four innovative courses. Progress through the Core takes you through a process of self-awareness and steadily evolves towards engagement with others and society at large. Learn More.
Claremont Lincoln's master's degree programs all have the distinct advantage of being 100% online, providing the flexibility to determine how and when coursework is performed. CLU master's degree programs can be completed in as little as 13 months, starting at a low cost of $23,100. In addition, the Admissions process has been streamlined for convenience. Neither a GRE or GMAT score is required to apply or be admitted.
Claremont Lincoln University is a non-profit, "online-by-design", graduate university providing socially conscious education and multiplying social impact through the work of its students in the world.
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Since CLU is both online and nonprofit, the university is able to serve students who are not well served by traditional institutions and universities— allowing the university to deliver the innovative education its founder and benefactor David C. Lincoln envisioned.
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Here is what some of our current and past students are saying about Claremont Lincoln University. We are committed to being a student-centered community and are proud of how we have continued to establish dialogue and long-lasting relationships with our graduates by showcasing their action-oriented and impactful work across the globe.
"All in all, I am better equipped to be an agent of positive change. I have found ways to use my education in my current work environment and in the volunteer work I do in education and with non-profits."
"In speaking to the CLU core, every student can expect an immersion in developing skills that will enhance personal leadership and self awareness. I hope that CLU meets every students' expectations with a bit of surprise and magic mixed in."
"I am a lifelong learner and am convinced that our reward is commensurate with our effort. Some students will just want to be able to place an M.A. after their name while others are seeking ways to change the world. With the mix of world class professors and an exemplary cohort, I believe students will not finish the program in the same mindset that they started. Everything fit together so perfectly and the scaffolding made the entire program manageable."
"I am most proud of heeding the prompt to "reinvent" myself during the 18-month program and to put my energy in an environment where I can make a difference."
"I have had an association with seafaring for fifty years, having served in the British Merchant Navy at the beginning of my working career. In later years, I served as a board trustee with the Seamen's Church Institute in Philadelphia, and more recently I began volunteering as a chaplain. I realized that I could use my Capstone project to bring value to the needs of the seafarer mission."
"When I chose my Capstone project I selected a project that would create value, there are many research questions that a student may choose. In my view, it is better to find an issue that will enable a benefit that translates to value in use. This then ensures that the time and effort spent on the research will endure and be meaningful."
Many hard working professionals contribute to a Claremont Lincoln University education. Here are just a few of the great faculty and staff that you will meet at CLU:
Dr. Keith Augustus Burton is the Chair of the Master of Arts in Peace and Social Justice program at Claremont Lincoln University where he also directs the Center for the Study of Religion Culture and Foreign Affairs. His primary appointment is at Oakwood University where he directs the Center for Adventist-Muslim Relations at the School of Religion. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Religious and Theological Studies from Northwestern University. The recipient of an Award of Merit from the Associated Church Press, Dr. Burton has several publications in the areas of interfaith relations and social justice, including "God Bless Afghanistan: The Rhetoric of Justice in the Sermon on the Plain." He teaches courses relating to religious identity, interfaith cooperation and social justice.
Dr. Juan Caraballo Resto is the Director of the Honors Program at the University of Puerto Rico and the Director for the M.A. in Religious Studies program at the Theological Seminary of Puerto Rico. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Anthropology from the University of Aberdeen and a Diploma in Modern Standard Arabic from the University of Jordan. His upcoming book is titled, Global Labels, Local Meanings: Islamic 'Fundamentalism' Across Cultures. He teaches courses on interfaith cooperation, social justice and religious traditions.
Dr. Hwa Young Chong serves on the Round Table for Peace in the Korean Peninsula for the United Methodist Church. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Religious and Theological Studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Dr. Chong is the author of In Search of God's Power in Broken Bodies: A Theology of Maum and blogs on the theme Dreaming with God: Spiritual Writings on Peace, Justice and Love. She teaches courses on interfaith cooperation, religion in the public life and social justice.
Dr. Bethlehem Dejene is a cultural ambassador for GoCulture.org, an organization that equips students, ex-patriots and others with cultural skills to foster smooth transition and mutual understanding in a new cultural context. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology from Northwestern University. She is involved in filmmaking and contributed several articles to the Encyclopedia of Christianity in the Global South. She teaches courses in religion and culture.
Dr. Alisher Faizuallev served as the Ambassador for Uzbekistan to the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology from the Russian Academy of Sciences and a Higher Doctorate in Political Sciences from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy. He has authored numerous books and articles, including "Symbolic Insult in Diplomacy: A Subtle Game of Diplomatic Slap." His vast experience is a huge bonus for the courses he teaches in diplomacy, conflict resolution and peace studies.
Dr. Kathleen Green currently serves as the Executive Director for the Yale Humanist Community. She received a Doctor of Ministry in Multifaith Studies from New York Theological Seminary. She writes for the Journal of Religious Humanism and holds membership in several professional organizations. Dr. Green teaches courses in interfaith relations, and social justice.
Dr. Gregory Hall is President of the Bluegrass Chapter of the United Nations Association and the Executive Director of Daisy Alliance, an NGO that sponsors student simulations addressing global conflicts. On the academic front, he serves as Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky's Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. His upcoming book is tentatively titled, Power Relations in the Post-Obama Era: Examining US-China-Russia Relations. He teaches courses on conflict resolution, diplomacy and peace studies.
Dr. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana previously served as the Associate Director for the Salam Institute for Peace in Washington, DC. Her current position is Associate Director of the Conflict Resolution Program at Georgetown University. Among her publications is the book, Standing on an Isthmus: Islamic Approaches to War and Peace in Palestine. She teaches in the areas of peacebuilding, human rights, and intercultural dialogue.
Dr. Col. Khalid Shabazz is the highest-ranking Muslim Chaplain in the United States Army. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership from TUI University and a Master of Arts in Interfaith Action from Claremont Lincoln University. He is actively involved in overseeing the development of chaplains from a number of faith traditions and providing spiritual care for their families. He teaches courses on interfaith cooperation and social justice.
Dr. D.C. Nosakhere Thomas serves as Adjunct Professor at Claremont Lincoln University. Prior work included serving as Adjunct Professor for the College of Counseling, Psychology and Social Sciences, and Assistant Program Chair for the College of Arts and Sciences at Argosy University (Ontario, CA), where he has taught undergraduate to doctoral level courses over the last nine years. Dr. Thomas is the Senior Apostle of Rainbow Community Praise Center International (Fontana, CA), City of Fontana Community Service Commissioner and Director of Faith and Community for Los Angeles Councilmember Marqueece Harrison-Dawson. Dr. Thomas has studied nursing, fundraising, real estate investing and has earned a Doctorate (DMin) in Pastoral Counseling and Pan African Religious Studies from Claremont School of Theology, an MBA from Argosy University, an MDiv in Family Life Education and BA in Theology and Accounting. He is currently a PhD candidate in Higher Education Leadership at Northcentral University.
Not only is he well sought after in the academic community, but also in the civic and private sectors as executive/life coach, activist, commissioner, trainer and consultant. Over the years, Dr. Thomas has served as a columnist, pastor, therapist, accountant, real estate investor, social worker, marketing director, loan officer, certified nurse’s assistant (CNA), chaplain, and professor having published more than thirty articles and a book entitled Accessing the spirit; and he is currently writing a book entitled: Strengths-based solutions for college students. Dr. Thomas’s research interests include: higher education leadership, higher education persistence, self-efficacy, strengths theory, positive psychology, African American and Latino males, religion and spirituality, social theory, civic engagement, coaching, and leadership.
Dr. Eric Weed is involved in discussions on religion and race for the United Methodist Church. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Theological, Ethical and Historical Studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Among his published works is the groundbreaking book, Religion and White Supremacy in the United States. He teaches in the areas of Holocaust studies, critical race theory, and interfaith engagement.
Originally hailing from Ludington, MI, Sarah Montgomery-Richards studied at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI) in Comparative Religion. Additionally, she has an M.A. in Interfaith Action from Claremont Lincoln University. Her experience includes: teaching at Western Michigan University in the Department of Comparative Religion during graduate school, a current adjunct faculty role in the Philosophy Department at Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) Traverse City, MI where she teaches Western and Eastern Religions, and a faculty position with Claremont Lincoln University. Mrs. Montgomery-Richards serves as the faculty advisor for the NMC Global Citizenship and Religion Student Group, and co-lead NMC students on study abroad trips to Ireland (March 2018) and India (May 2018). She will also be leading another group of students to India in May of 2019 to study religion and culture. Mrs. Montgomery-Richards participated in the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City, UT, as well as the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto, Canada. Her background includes world religions, psychology and philosophy of religion, interfaith action, mindfulness, religion in the public sphere, and myth and ritual, and she has a keen interest in international education. Mrs. Montgomery-Richards enjoys teaching in an academic setting, as well as leading group meditation, and participating in the celebration of a variety of world spiritual perspectives.
Dr. Gene Lankford is a Pastor in The United Methodist Church. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Theological, Historical, and Ethical Studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and a Master of Theological Studies in Religions of the World from Harvard University. In addition to his more than 25 years serving as a pastor and his teaching of courses on World Religions, he has several years of experience working with Hispanic/ Latino immigrants and on immigration issues. An ethical response to immigrants and immigration issues is one of his major research interests, beginning with his doctoral dissertation. He believes in taking an interfaith, intercultural, and interdisciplinary approach to ethical issues.
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