Newseum Institute to Offer Graduate-Level Courses on Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute and Claremont Lincoln UniversityToday, the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute and Claremont Lincoln University have announced a partnership offering courses designed to equip civic and religious leaders to navigate the intersection of religion and public life.

As unprecedented challenges arise from the nation’s rapidly expanding pluralism, civic and religious leaders require a thorough understanding of the guiding principles of the First Amendment. In this blended-learning course, students will master the constitutional and human rights principles necessary to lead people of any religion or none and to negotiate religious and philosophical differences with civility and respect.

Claremont Lincoln University, which is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, will offer graduate credit to students who complete any of the following four courses: “Foundations of Religious Freedom in the United States,” “Religious Liberty and Contemporary American Public Life,” “Religion and News Media” and “The Human Right to Freedom of Religion.” Using a blended-learning model, classes will be conducted online except for a three-day seminar in October at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Students who complete all four courses will receive a graduate certificate in Religion and Public Life from Claremont Lincoln University.

Civic leaders and religious leaders of all faith traditions, or none, are encouraged to apply online by January 30, 2017. Thanks to a generous grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, emerging and established religious leaders are eligible for full or partial scholarships. Upon successful completion of courses, students will receive graduate credit through Claremont Lincoln University.

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