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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

  • Speak Truth to Power: Pro-Refugee Protesting Experience

    Recently, my wife and I attended a protest to express our opposition to President Trump’s executive order to ban refugees from the seven Muslim-majority countries on the list it contained. The protest was organized by the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, along with many other Jewish and non-Jewish organizations co-sponsoring the event, which took place in […]

  • Learning to Listen All Over Again

    It is an easy thing to preach to the choir.  They agree with you, affirm your hatred, anger, and even your ostracizing of the “fools” on the other side of the equation.  This is politics right: actually no.  And this has become the problem.  We no longer know what politics is or how to make […]

  • Because Yes Means Yes

    This piece was written by Jaimie Dingus, one of the 2016-2017 Boston Bridge Fellows. When I was eight years old my family took a vacation to France over Christmas to visit my mom’s brother, a Foreign Service officer, and his family. I was too young to remember many of the details of that trip. It’s […]

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 […]