About the Center

About the Center 2017-05-20T15:10:03+00:00

The Center for the Study of Religion, Culture and Foreign Affairs at Claremont Lincoln University is committed to advancing interdisciplinary research and cultivating scholar-practitioners. Intellectual connections often begin at moments of academic stimulation, whether in traditional forums or at the cutting-edge. The importance of the Center grows out of an urgency to support an increasing number of faculty and student research projects in the M.A. in Interfaith Action (MIFA) Program.

The importance of the Center grows out of an urgency to support an increasing number of faculty and student research projects in the M.A. in Interfaith Action Program.

The M.A. in Interfaith Action at Claremont Lincoln University offers an indispensable and interdisciplinary context for understanding critical issues in religion, cross-cultural relations, grassroots organizing, human rights, moral conflicts, international politics, and other related fields. The degree is designed for leaders working in faith-based organizations, religious communities, and other public arenas such as governmental agencies, NGOs, international organizations, and the civil service, in which religious multiplicity can simultaneously be a source of conflict and a rich resource for positive change.

While the M.A. in Interfaith Action degree equips students with the requisite skills to identify social problems, develop relations with key organizations to explore problems at length, and craft an action plan and practices for change that can be implemented and measured, an independent research center dedicated to practicing such skills is essential to practitioner development. For this reason, the Center for the Study of Religion, Culture and Foreign Affairs was established to enrich faculty, student, and visiting fellow research, critical thinking, scholastic innovation, and skill-building.

By taking an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates student, faculty, and practitioners from diverse fields of study, the Center will pursue several digital and on-ground initiatives that include faculty-led brown-bags, public gatherings, the publication of issue papers and monographs, and hosting digital research seminars. The Center will develop practical and skills-based prescriptions for public sector, governmental agencies, NGOs, and international organizations.

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