Paradise Valley United Methodist Church welcomes Claremont Lincoln University Director of Cross-Cultural and Interfaith Programs Stephanie Varnon-Hughes, Ph.D., as the third speaker in the “Who is My Neighbor?” series at PVUMC. Hosted by PVUMC’s Adult Learning Ministry Team in cooperation with Salaam-Chai-Paradise, the Tri-faith group, Dr. Varnon-Hughes will speak about “The Golden Rule: Ethical Commonalities Among Religious Faiths.” She speaks at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Center, Wednesday, February 17, 2016.

Dr. Varnon-Hughes is an award-winning teacher and interfaith leader whose research interests include the history, theories, and practices of inter-religious education, mindfulness and compassion practices (with particular emphasis on practices from the Dharmic traditions, especially Jainism). She is also engaged in public policy (especially regarding inequities in public education), and how digital and online resources can make education accessible and learner-focused. Her doctoral dissertation in inter-religious education is focused on disequilibrium, resilience, and reflective practice as key ingredients for learning.

She was the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Inter-Religious Studies, a peer reviewed journal, and its sister publication, State of Formation, an online forum for emerging religious and ethical leaders. She holds a Ph.D. from Claremont Lincoln University, an M.A. and a Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) from Union Theological Seminary. Her undergraduate degrees are in English and Education, from Webster University.

This Presidents Day, the Huffington Post featured one of her articles:


About Claremont Lincoln University

Founded in 2010, CLU is a unique, pluralistic graduate university that offers innovative, 21st Century educational programs with a secular global perspective designed to bridge the social divides. Their mission is to put ideas and ideals into action utilizing their proprietary Claremont Core® methodology of cultivating the engagement skills of mindfulness, dialogue and collaboration that transcend cultural, religious, ideological, and economic barriers. The university offers Masters programs in Social Impact, Ethical Leadership and Interfaith Action. Students are taught to integrate self-knowledge with critical perspectives and contemporary skills to create sustainable social change. For more information visit or connect on Twitter @C_Lincoln_Univ and Facebook at

Session 3: February 17, 2016, 6:30-8 pm

The Golden Rule: Ethical Commonalities Among Religious Faiths

Stephanie Varnon-Hughes, Ph.D.
Director of Cross-Cultural and Interfaith Programs, Claremont Lincoln University

For more information about an exciting new online study program available through Claremont Lincoln University, click here.


All speaker events will be on Wednesdays in the Church Fellowship Hall
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
4455 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

Dinner Available

A Buffet Dinner is available from 5:30 to 6 pm.
The meal is catered by UMOM Helpings Cafe, Market and Catering.

Suggested donations: $7.50/Adult; $3/child.
Free-will donations welcome.

Free childcare available, with 48-hr reservation: 602-840-8360, ext 134.

We’ve added a fourth session for further discussion and solutions:

Session 4: March 2, 2016, 6:30-8 pm

Interactive Forum: “Crossing Barriers, Building Bridges: From Fear and Mistrust to Love and Justice”

Clergy speakers from all three Abrahamic faiths: Christianity, Islam and Judaism, as well as a roundtable discussion with attendees.

Hosted by the Adult Learning Ministry Team in cooperation with Salaam-Chai-Paradise, the Tri-faith group. 


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