This profile was last updated in 2014
Founded in 2008 with a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, the Center for Interreligious and Communal Leadership Education (CIRCLE) is a joint initiative of Andover Newton Theological School (ANTS) and Hebrew College. CIRCLE’s mission is to nurture a new generation of moral and spiritual leaders equipped for service in a religiously diverse world.
The work of CIRCLE is rooted in the cultivation of authentic relationships among the students, faculty and staff of the two schools. Together, we seek to help transform the ways that religious communities engage in the work of creating a more just and compassionate world. While our primary focus is on “Faith Hill,” CIRCLE is also part of a growing national and international conversation about the role of interfaith engagement in religious education and leadership.
Both schools are committed to the premise that the training of contemporary religious leaders should include regular and substantive encourters with students and teachers from other faith communities. The presence of the religious “other” throughout a student’s education requires the aspiring rabbi, minister, cantor or educator to articulate his or her religious commitments with clarity and conviction, while remaining open to learning from people with different beliefs and practices.
JOURNEYS ON THE HILL (JOTH)
JOTH provides informal seasonal and thematic programming for the ANTS-HC graduate student community. Look for posters about upcoming events; come to one or all of the gatherings; become a JOTH leader!
INTERFAITH PEER GROUPS
These student-led groups meet once monthly throughout the academic year for study and intentional conversation. New groups form at the beginning of the fall semester.
Each year six outstanding graduate students from the two schools are chosen as CIRCLE fellows. These competitive one-year fellowships carry a generous stipend and include an intensive leadership development program.
JOINT ACADEMIC COURSES
Each semester, ANTS and HC faculty offer one jointly-taught course open to graduate students from both campuses. We are planning the following upcoming courses:
Spring 2010 Song of Songs in Jewish and Christian Interpretation
Solomon Schimmel and Carole Fontaine
Fall 2010 Practical Dimensions of Contemporary Religious Leadership
Sarah Drummond and Daniel Judson
Spring 2011 The Ethics of Force in Jewish and Christian Thought
M.T. Davila and Solomon Schimmel