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Art of Interfaith Understanding

2023 Series

The Art of Interfaith Understanding consists of unique tours offered in-person at the Philadelphia Museum of Art or via Zoom. 

All programs are guided by Rev. John B. Hougen, PhD, a consultant with Interfaith Philadelphia and a volunteer guide at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  They are co-sponsored by Interfaith Philadelphia, Wellspring at St. Martin’s, and the Office of Community Engagement at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The sliding scale fee for each program is $5-50 with a suggested price of $25. For more information on how to determine the cost that is right for you, click here

Private groups (6 to 15 persons) may schedule tours either at the Museum or on Zoom. For questions about current, future, or private tours, or to receive email notices about the Art of Interfaith Understanding, contact John Hougen at or 215-962-8242.

Prophets of Hope: The Art Tour

Sunday, June 25

2:00 – 3:30 PM

*In Person*
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Sister Juana Ines de la Cruz, Date: ca. 1722, Dimensions 41 ½” x 32 ½”
Artist:  Attributed to Nicolás Enríquez de Vargas (based on a self-portrait by Sister Juana) Material: Oil on Canvas, Philadelphia Museum of Art Credit Line: The Robert H. Lamborn Collection 

The inevitable challenges of living and the unrelenting conflict and suffering in our world can lead to despair. Viewing and discussing works of art at the PMA, we will strive to discover resources for hope. We will see prophetic art that calls us to fight for change, with anger or outrage fueling our hope. We will see portraits of historical figures who channeled hope into accomplishment, inspiring us to do the same. We will see artists’ visions of a better future that express the content of the hope we harbor in our hearts and minds. As members of the group respond to the art we see together, the shape of hope in our own hearts and minds will be revealed.  

For Discussion: Sr. Juana has been called the “first feminist in the Americas.” Her life and legacy give hope to all who must overcome obstacles to live meaningful and impactful lives.     


This program is part of our brand new Leadership Institute of Interfaith Philadelphia, home for all things professional / personal development.

The Institute includes all of the workshops that you know and love, plus new opportunities to explore, learn, and practice!

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