Each year CIRCLE welcomes a cohort of fellows who are knowledgeable and articulate about their own religious tradition, increasingly adept at organizing and facilitating religious educational programming, and committed to working collaboratively with a team of students and faculty from Andover Newton, Hebrew College and Muslim community partners.
This year, fellows and the co-directors have enjoyed receptions and retreats, training sessions on organizing inter-religious events facilitated by the CIRCLE co-directors, a training session on facilitating difficult conversations with Maggie Herzig of the Public Conversations Project and an introduction to community organizing by Rabbi Stephanie Ruskay, Clergy Organizer at JOIN for Justice. Fellows are also working in teams to lead inter-religious peer groups.
2014-2015 Fellows and Co-Directors at CIRCLE Chocolate Welcome Reception at Hebrew College
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Fellows and Co-Directors on Fall Retreat in New Hampshire, October 2014
Applications for the next year's cohort become available in January for the subsequent academic year. Successful applications are announced in May. Applicants must apply as an inter-religious team of 2-3 persons. Interested applicants can connect with other potential fellows and download the current year application at our Future Fellows Connect portal.
(Above) After discussing their sacred scriptures together, Basma (Muslim Community Fellow) and Lauren (Andover Newton Theological School Student) debate the merits of the cake at this CIRCLE sponsored reception.
(Above) Lizzy (left) catches a word with 2013-2014 Muslim Community Fellow Barbara Sahli.
(Above) Misha (Hebrew College) catches a moment with national Interfaith activist and author Eboo Patel.
CIRCLE Fellows Kazunori Hamamoto (Muslim Community Fellow) and Kyoko Hamamoto (Andover Newton Doctoral Student)
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 […]
The recent decision by the Orthodox Union (OU) to mandate that female members of the Orthodox community cannot serve as clergy has been making headlines and prompting discussions of the correct roles women are supposed to play in the movement. The OU first issued a ruling in February about the issue, stating that while female […]
There is a “lifejacket graveyard” on the island of Lesvos in Greece, where Syrian and Afghani refugees flee from wars, departing from the Turkish shores 4 kilometers away. This is where adult and child lifejackets, rubber dinghies, discarded clothing and old boats are taken from the shores as the refugees move on in search of […]
Table of Contents, Masthead, List of Board Members, and some words from the Editor-in-Chief.
Challenging the deductive method in interfaith theologies derived from first principles of doctrine, the practices of inter-riting often precede (and transgress) the theoretical assertions of theology. This study centers on three spheres of inter-riting undertaken by “professional” theologians, “exploratory” practitioners of interfaith dialogue, and “pedagogical” sites of interfaith classrooms. Interfaith ritual newly informs theory and […]