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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 Knowledge, Experience, and Relationships of Interfaith

    Editor’s note: all Contributing Scholars begin writing by answering the following question as their first post: Why are you committed to building relationships with those from different religious or ethical traditions? Their answer to this question is below. I am committed to building relationships with those of other religious or ethical traditions because I seek […]

  • Becoming a Peacemaker in Grad School

    When I entered my graduate degree program in the Fall of 2013, I had no idea I would be entering the world of interfaith. I was intent on getting my Ph.D. in Islamic Studies – and this Master’s degree was just a stepping stone to that goal.

  • Careful Forgiveness: Atoning with Life in the New Year

    “Let us forget with generosity those who cannot love us.” Pablo Neruda Yom Kippur is the Jewish day of atonement between humanity and the divine. Jewish tradition dictates that atonement between humans is a precursor to atoning and aligning oneself with God. Therefore, the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are days of atonement […]

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 […]