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Jan 25, 2017

The Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute and Claremont Lincoln University to Offer Courses to Address the Nation’s Expanding Pluralism

First Amendment Courses for Civic and Religious Leaders Offered Online and Onsite at the Newseum

WASHINGTON — Today, 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.

About the Freedom Forum Institute

The Freedom Forum Institute is the education and outreach partner of the Freedom Forum and the Newseum. The Institute includes the First Amendment Center, the Religious Freedom Center, the Newseum’s education department and diversity and inclusion programs. The Freedom Forum Institute’s affiliate organizations include the Al Neuharth Media Center at the University of South Dakota; the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi; and the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University. The Freedom Forum Institute is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations, including its principal funder, the Freedom Forum.

About the Religious Freedom Center

The Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute is a nonpartisan national initiative focused on educating the American public about the religious liberty principles of the First Amendment. We envision a world committed to religious freedom as an inalienable right for all people. In carrying out this vision, our mission is to educate the public about the history, meaning and significance of religious freedom and to promote dialogue and understanding among people of all religions and none.

About Claremont Lincoln University

Claremont Lincoln University is an accredited online graduate university offering master’s degrees in Ethical Leadership, Social Impact and Interfaith Action. Incorporated into each program are a sequence of core courses designed to develop human capacities for awareness of self and others, dialogue, collaboration and strategies for change. The vision of Claremont Lincoln University is a world that lives by the golden rule; a world in which disputes between those that have conflicting views are addressed peacefully without violence. Students learn the skills necessary to understand differences among religions, governments, other organizations, and individuals; how to respect those differences; and how to cooperate and collaborate with those of different viewpoints to resolve problems between them peacefully without violence. Our students will integrate self-knowledge with critical perspectives and contemporary skills to create sustainable social change—how to implement the golden rule. Claremont Lincoln University embeds the golden rule in the Claremont Core® which teaches the skills of mindfulness, dialogue, collaboration, and change.

Press Contacts

Kristen Looney, Religious Freedom Center
Project Director

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Wendy Dean, Claremont Lincoln University
Vice President, Strategic Engagement & Media Communications

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