Jennifer Peace, Guest Preacher- Aug 20

Jennifer Howe Peace, our guest preacher on August 20, is a member of First Church and Associate Professor of Interfaith Studies at Andover Newton Theological School (ANTS) in Newton. She is a founding co-director of the Center for Interreligious and Communal Leadership Education (CIRCLE), a joint initiative between ANTS and the Rabbinical School at Hebrew College. She received her doctorate in the Historical and Cultural Study of Religions from the Graduate Theological Union, in Berkeley, CA. Dr. Peace’s involvement in interfaith organizing outside of academia includes being a founding board member of the United Religions Initiative, an early leader of the Interfaith Youth Core.

Author of numerous articles, essays, and chapters on interfaith cooperation, Dr. Peace’s latest book project is a volume co-edited with Eboo Patel and Noah Silverman called Towards a Field of Interfaith Studies. She also co-edited My Neighbor’s Faith: Stories of Interreligious Encounter, Growth, and Transformation (Orbis, 2012). In addition, she serves as one of the publishers of the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue.

Daughter-in-law of the late Edie Howe, founder of the Daughters of Abraham, she lives in Cambridge with her husband Joel and their sons Jim (17) and Ezra (14).