Founded in 2008 with a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, CIRCLE is a joint initiative of Andover Newton Theological School and Hebrew College. CIRCLE’s mission is to help nurture a new generation of leaders equipped for service in a religiously pluralistic society through the cultivation of authentic, intentional relationships across lines of difference, and to provide the public with substantive Inter-Religious programming and educational resources.
CIRCLE engages seminary and graduate students, academics, and communal leaders locally and nationally through in-person and online initiatives. Programs include joint academic courses taught by Andover Newton and Hebrew College instructors and populated by students from both schools; seasonal and thematic events organized by the CIRCLE Fellows student group; and joint faculty development that focuses on preparing leaders for an increasingly pluralistic religious world. Through these activities and others, CIRCLE fosters relationships across religious and institutional lines, thereby transforming the nature of religious education and leadership in the twenty-first century.
To explore CIRCLE’s programs, publications, resources, staff, and giving opportunities, please visit their Web site at http://www.circleleadership.org
CIRCLE Administrator Soren Hessler: