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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

  • It’s Time for Depth Theology/Thealogy: Perspectives from the AAR

    The academic disciplines of Theology/Religious Studies and psychology are two parts of a symbiotic whole, and there is a critical necessity for these disciplines to embrace an academic cohesion. The key to analysing and understanding contemporary religious (or spiritual) experience and beliefs is a new methodology: Depth Theology/Thealogy. Analytical Psychologist Carl G. Jung’s models and […]

  • On Deception and it’s Consequences

    When I read the story of Yaakov stealing Esau’s blessing from their father, Yitzchack in this week’s parsha, Parashat Toldot, I am filled with a wide array of often conflicting emotions. I feel a profound personal connection to Yitzchack, understand his pain and vulnerability on a gut level. At the same time, questions such as […]

  • Thanksgiving in the Time of Trump

    I’ve been reading a lot of Bonhoeffer lately. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German Lutheran pastor and theologian who spoke out against Hitler, joined the Nazi resistance, and was ultimately executed by the Nazis for his activism in 1945. Bonhoeffer, who wrote, “We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, […]

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 […]