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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

  • Why Women Should “Do” Theology

    Throughout history, God has used women in incredible ways to propel the Gospel forward.  Whether in the Hebrew Scriptures where women like Deborah, Ruth, Esther, and Miriam were paramount to the preservation of Jewish traditions, or in the New Testament where Mary, Priscilla, and Phoebe were central to early church life, all the way down […]

  • Traversing Tradition(s) – Diversity in American Judaism

    We, American Jews, have a problem. We are often unwilling or unable to see the tremendous diversity of our own community. The truth is: Jews come in all shapes, sizes and colors. There are Jews of every race and ethnicity — some of whom share a genetic link to Judaism and some who don’t. There are […]

  • The World Humanitarian Summit: Rethinking the Role of Faith in Humanitarian Action

    From the 23-24th of May, Istanbul will see the first ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) convened by the UN Secretary General.  The summit is unique in the sense that it will see a space being created for a multi-stakeholder engagement between member states, INGOS, civil society, academics and private sector.  The process leading up to […]

Inter-Religious Studies

Current Journal

  • JIRS Issue 18, Spring 2016

    As befits the end of a seven-year cycle, this is a kind of “sabbatical” issue. Six scholars in the field of interreligious studies each respond to one of our previously published articles, using their response to reflect not only on the specific issues in that article but on the issues it raises for the field […]

  • Letter from the Editor

    A brief introduction to Issue 18 by Sue Fendrick, Editor-in-Chief of the JIRS.

  • Harmonization versus Liberation: Basic Conditions for Effective Interreligious Peacebuilding, A Response by Mohammed Abu-Nimer to Ron Kronish

    Interreligious peacebuilding (IRPB) practitioners operate within the wider context of peace and conflict resolution, applying processes such as dialogue, peace education, conflict resolution, and reconciliation.  As an emerging field, several lessons have arisen within IRPB highlighting how it can improve its effectiveness. Interfaith efforts in Israel/Palestine reflect several of these lessons. One main lesson is […]