(Left) At a CIRCLE event, Jonathan VanAntwerpen, Program Director for Theology at The Henry Luce Foundation, in conversation with Amira Quraishi, Wellesley Muslim Chaplain

(Right) CIRCLE Fellow Shehla Zakaullah conversing with CIRCLE student supporters at interfaith reception hosted by Hebrew College and Andover Newton line

Foundational support for CIRCLE’s programs comes from The Henry Luce Foundation with additional support from  The Author Vining Davis Foundation. Funding for faculty development has come from The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion

Named Endowments for CIRCLE Student Fellowships


Andover Newton Theological School and Hebrew College have collaboratively launched an initiative to endow CIRCLE student fellowships. The fellowships enable students to develop their skills in interreligious leadership through study, mentorship, and experiential learning.

Several fellowships have already been endowed, including:

The Edith Crary Howe Fellowship endowed by the family of the late Andover Newton alumna Edith Crary Howe in memory of her pioneering work in inter religious leadership at Andover Newton Theological School and Hebrew College. CIRCLE CO-Director Jennifer How Peace, a daughter-in-law of Edie Howe has helped to carry forth Edie’s Vision for interfaith engagement.

The Sherblom Fellowship is endowed by the Sherblom Family in honor of the pioneering interfaith and social justice work ofthe Rev. Edward R. Sherblom, (Andover Newton M.Div. 1947) and his wife Ruth E. Sherblom. The Rev. Dr. James P. “Jim” Sherblom, chair of Andover Newton’s Board of Trustees and senior minister at First Parish (Unitarian Universalist) in Brookline, Mass. praised the impact of CIRCLE’s fellowship program in training 21st-century leaders.

The Dr. Amal Jadou Fellowship endowed by the Rev. Dr. Katherine Kallis (Andover Newton MDiv ’82) in honor the courageous peacemaking work of Palestinian diplomat and pioneering woman Dr. Amal Jadou.  The Jadou Fellowship is a reminder of the power that one person can have in working towards peace and justice for the people in zones of conflict.


Parties interested in naming a CIRCLE Student Fellowships should contact:

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