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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

  • The Power of Interfaith Prayer: Healing words of hope in times of violence – Part 1

    On July 4th, the United States of America celebrated its 240th year of independence from Great Britain. My ancestors were enslaved until 1863. Unfortunately, the Emancipation Proclamation did not instantly guarantee African-Americans freedom. Still it was undeniably, an important and necessary step in the long, hard journey for liberation and equality. While African-Americans have made […]

  • Religious Freedom to Discriminate: Unraveling Archetypes, Anachronism, and Apartheid for our Collective Survival – Part II

    …I let go of the law, And people become honest. I let go of economics, And people become prosperous. I let go of religion, And people become serene. I let go of all desire [for controlling, fixing, prohibiting, securing] for the common good, And the good becomes common as grass. The Tao te Ching, Stephen […]

  • Guest Post: A Freethinker Returns to Seminary

    This Guest Post was submitted by Chris Highland. Chris has been a Presbyterian Minister, Interfaith Chaplain, College Instructor, Shelter Director and Housing Manager. His ten published books include My Address is a River and Meditations of John Muir. He blogs at Secular Chaplain and his main site: Chris lives with his wife Carol, a Presbyterian […]

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 […]