CIRCLE Fellowship

2015-2016 CIRCLE Fellowship applications are now being accepted through April 1, 2015.

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

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2014-2015 Fellows and Co-Directors at CIRCLE Chocolate Welcome Reception at Hebrew College

Click here to meet the 2014-2015 CIRCLE Fellows.

Click here to hear about how you can be involved in community conversations and projects facilitated by the fellows. 

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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.

Fellows in Action

Basma And Lauren

(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. 

Barbara And Lizzy

(Above) Lizzy (left) catches a word with 2013-2014 Muslim Community Fellow Barbara Sahli.  

Eboo And Misha

(Above) Misha (Hebrew College) catches a moment with national Interfaith activist and author Eboo Patel.

Nori And Kyoko

CIRCLE Fellows Kazunori Hamamoto (Muslim Community Fellow) and Kyoko Hamamoto (Andover Newton Doctoral Student) 

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