Grant Funds New Initiative in Interreligious Theological Education

Hebrew College will share in a $60,000 planning grant that will the school and its partners review, extend and propose new directions for interreligious theological education.

The grant, from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation, will be based at the Boston University School of Theology, which will serve as fiscal agent, and also includes Andover Newton Theological School.

During the grant period of Jan. 1, 2015, to Dec. 31, 2016, each school will start one seed project; sponsor a collaborative sharing of interreligious theological education with an eye toward publishing case studies, commentary and best practices; and evaluate the state of the field, the success of the joint initiative and next steps.

Principal investigators for the grant will be Rabbi Or Rose, director of the Center for Global Judaism at Hebrew College; Mary Elizabeth Moore, dean and professor of theology and education at the Boston University School of Theology; and Jennifer Howe Peace, associate professor of interreligious studies at Andover Newton.

Hebrew College’s portion of the grant will help in the development of CIRCLE House, a physical embodiment of the school’s commitment to interreligious education, on the campus of Andover Newton Theological School. The structure, formerly the president’s house, will include residential space, meeting rooms and worship facilities.