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News from the Hill June 07, 2010 | back to index

Andover Newton and Hebrew College go to the White House

On June 7, members of the Center for Interreligious and Communal Leadership Education (CIRCLE) leadership team: CIRCLE co-directors Prof. Gregory Mobley of Andover Newton and Rabbi Or Rose of Hebrew College and CIRCLE Managing Director Jennifer Peace, went to the White House. 

The occasion was a half-day conference on interfaith strategies on American campuses, hosted by Joshua DuBois (in photo, left), head of the Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in the Executive Office of the President of the United States under President Barack Obama.

A gathering of 120 religious leaders of all faiths

The gathering, co-sponsored by the White House Office for Social Innovation and Civic Participation and planned with the help of Eboo Patel, Executive Director of the Interfaith Youth Core, focused on strategies for promoting interfaith cooperation on college, university and seminary campuses. The conference brought together 120 religious leaders, students, educators, and administrators from across the country and across the religious spectrum.

Plans for next year

Plans are in the works to reconvene the group next year and evaluate progress towards the goal of scaling up successful interfaith initiatives and programs onto 500 campuses across the country. Andover Newton and Hebrew College were proud to be spotlighted as campuses where innovative interfaith programming and curriculum are underway.

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