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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

  • Notes from the NICU: Ritual Matters

    I blessed more than one dead baby this summer. When you are working as an intern chaplain on a hospital floor that includes the Labor and Delivery Unit and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), these are things that happen. The crying mothers. The tiny bodies, stillborn and premature and barely enough to cradle in […]

  • Making Meaning at Middlebury from the “Balagan Kadosh” (Holy Mess)

    Tisha B’Av was coming. It was the beginning of July, on a fresh, hot morning in the Middlebury College Hillel. Tisha B’Av, the fast day in the Jewish calendar that commemorates the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem and various other tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people, fell on a Sunday in the […]

  • What’s A Christian to do with Interfaith?

    Coexist. If you’re from the West, you’ve likely seen this word everywhere from bumper stickers to caps and from t-shirts to key-chains.  But what exactly does it mean?  How can a devout member of one religion really have peaceful relations with someone from another? I recently completed an online 6 month certificate course through Harvard […]

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 […]