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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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  • A Brief Personal Introduction

    My name is Nora Zaki and I’m a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, where I earned a Master’s degree of Divinity. I concentrated in Islamic Studies, Arabic and chaplaincy. Currently, I am working at a Florida hospital completing Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), a form of theological education that takes place in clinical settings. […]

  • Interreligious Wherewithal: Cultivating a Leadership Virtue

    Consider the following scenarios: The company picnic serves only bratwursts and hot dogs as its main course. The hospice care facility admits its first Buddhist patient. Sixteen Muslim employees abruptly resign citing religious discrimination leaving a company with a worker shortage and a threatening lawsuit. An office bars workers from praying and then fires them, […]

  • Accompanying One Another Through the Dark Night

    October was not a fun month. After an interfaith peacebuilding trip in Nigeria, I returned with a stomach bug that so kindly kept me company over the next several weeks. The significant portion of my Master’s thesis had yet to be written. The guy I’m kind of interested in doesn’t text back and instead sends […]

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