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WREL 644W [IF]

Topics in Jewish, Christian and Muslim Relations, Winter 2015

Jennifer Howe Peace

This week-long co-taught intensive seminar is a microcosm of the approach to interreligious work at Andover Newton and Hebrew College. Given the religious diversity in our communities and sometimes even in our congregations, today’s pastors, educators, activists, and public theologians need to be knowledgeable about their neighbors from other faiths. In addition, they need the practical skills and motivation to reach across religious lines to increase understanding and cooperation. Both cognitive knowledge about various faith traditions and their diverse expressions (particularly in the Boston area) as well as skills related to relationship-building, community organizing and navigating charged or challenging conversations will be emphasized. Students will have an opportunity to meet with religious leaders, educators and activists from the Boston area who are working across religious lines on issues of common concern. With three co-teachers (one Jewish, one Christian and one Muslim) who work together co-directing CIRCLE, the course design models a commitment to interreligious relationship-building emphasized in the course content. This course is located in the emerging field of “interreligious studies.”
Prerequisite: one previous interfaith course or permission of the instructor. Limit: 15 Andover Newton students; 15 Hebrew College.


Winter - Session 1, January 5-9, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Key to Course Listings

Key Description
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F "F" following a course number indicates a course offered during Fall semester.
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"Y" following a course number indicates a yearlong course. Students must register each semester for year-long courses.

This listing is subject to change. Continue to check the school's eb site,, for current information about course listings, times and dates. All courses, including Church and Ministry Department courses, are now offered for 3 credits. Only students following the pre-2001 M.Div. curriculum may elect to take courses for other than 3 credits. Unless otherwise noted, courses are generally limited to 55 students.

Levels of Instruction

Level Description
500 Language courses or introductory courses meeting departmental requirements for either the M.Div. or the M.A. degree.
600 Meet departmental requirements for the M.Div., unless otherwise indicated, or program requirements for the M.A.
700 For advanced M.Div. and M.A. students with either background in an area or prerequisites completed. These courses meet some departmental upper-level elective requirements for the M.Div.
800 Primarily for D.Min. and S.T.M. students, although a limited number of seniors with the appropriate background may enroll with the instructor's permission.


Dual-numbered courses-e.g., [HIST 725/825] - indicate courses that serve more than one level. Students should register for the level appropriate to their program needs.

Example: an M.Div. or M.A. student would register for HIST 725, but an S.T.M. or D.Min. student would register for HIST 825.