The Religious Freedom Center and Wesley Theological Seminary Partner for Fall Courses

Wesley Theological Seminary

The Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute and Wesley Theological Seminary 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.

Four courses will be offered in the fall of 2016: “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.

Religious and civic leaders of all faith traditions, or none, are encouraged to apply online by July 31, 2016. 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 Wesley Theological Seminary.

Centered in the Christian tradition, Wesley Theological Seminary, the Institute for Community Engagement and the Center for Public Theology, equip exemplary teachers, preachers and leaders to be prophetic voices in the church and the world. Wesley Theological Seminary is located in Washington, D.C., with a main campus in upper Northwest adjacent to American University and a downtown location at 9th and Massachusetts Ave., N.W., where its Institute for Community Engagement is housed.

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