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The mission of the Center for Inter-Religious and Communal Leadership Education (CIRCLE) is to help prepare religious and ethical leaders for service in a religiously diverse society through the cultivation of authentic relationships across lines of difference. Founded in 2008 with a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, CIRCLE is a joint initiative of Andover Newton Theological School (ANTS) and Hebrew College (HC).  

CIRCLE-run platforms engage hundreds of seminary and graduate students, academics, and communal leaders locally and nationally through our in-person and online initiatives, including courses, peer study groups, publications, and special events. It is our conviction that through study, dialogue, research, and joint action, we can establish relationships of care, mutual respect, and civic collaboration to transform the world.

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Latest Articles

  • Community Engaged Scholars: Balancing Scholarship and Activism

    The University of Chicago Center for the Study of Race and Gender recently held a workshop titled, “Community Engaged scholars: Balancing Scholarship and Activism.” As a graduate student, academic and someone who cares about justice in her community and beyond, this workshop was timely and beneficial. Four scholars presented and since I found their ideas […]

  • Breaking the Silence

    There are approximately ten weeks between the election and the inauguration of the next president. In the grand scheme of things, ten weeks is not a lot of time (and before 1933, Inauguration Day wasn’t until March), but this year, the weeks have inched by at an excruciating pace.

  • So Long, Farewell: Reflecting on the End of the Obama Administration in Light of this Week’s Parsha, Vayechi

      This week’s parsha, Vayechi (Gen. 47:28-50:26), is a parsha of endings. The patriarch Jacob/Israel, having reached the ripe old age of 147 years, recognizes that the time has come for him to die. He gathers together his children in order to bless them, but the blessings are anything but straightforward. Some counter the expectations […]

Journal of Interreligious Studies

Current Journal

  • JIRS Issue 19, Summer 2016

    We are delighted to present this issue on interfaith/multifaith environmental activism and teachings, expertly curated by the Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director of GreenFaith, a leading interfaith environmental organization. We at the JIRS are grateful to Fletcher, the folks at GreenFaith, and the many contributors to this issue for the wealth of perspectives we are […]

  • Letter from the Editor

    A brief introduction to Issue 19 by Sue Fendrick, Editor-in-Chief of the JIRS.

  • Snapshot of a Movement on the Move: The Paris Climate Talks and Religious Environmentalism, By Fletcher Harper

    The twenty-four month period leading up to the Paris climate negotiations last December, also known as COP 21, represented, by almost any measure, a high water mark of the religious-environmental movement.   Never before have religious groups around the world within such a concentrated period of time shown such a level of public support for environmental […]