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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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  • Being Teachable in Polarized Times

    Shammai's error was to systematically give up on the teachability of his opponents...Hillel's practice suggests that we should delay as long as possible dismissing someone as a fool or foreclosing conversation out of urgency. Once we give up on teaching and persuasion, there is no recourse but to coercion and violence.

  • State of Formation Blogging Fellowship Opportunity

    State of Formation Blogging Fellowship A Leadership Development Program for Emerging Religious & Ethical Leaders Sponsors: Boston University School of Theology (BU STH) and Hebrew College (HC) Purpose: BU STH and HC are excited to announce the establishment of the State of Formation Writing Fellowship, with generous support from the Henry Luce Foundation. This leadership development program is […]

  • We are Family? On intermarriage and the Jewish Future

    The issue of interfaith marriage has always been a thorny one in the Jewish community, as this type of marriage has historically been very vociferously condemned as going against the tradition and representing an abandonment of the Jewish community, at least to some extent. It is also directly related to biblical injunctions, where the marriages […]

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