Interfaith Service at Georgetown
Two of Georgetown's core commitments are interfaith dialogue and service to others. Dialogue is a way to bridge religious and cultural divides; service is a shared calling across the world's great faith traditions. This site tracks innovative student efforts at Georgetown to further interreligious understanding engagement with communities in the Washington DC, area -- and beyond.
December 4, 2013
In the tradition of Thanksgiving, I would like to show my appreciation for the unique interfaith environment at Georgetown University. Here is a story of how a devout Muslim learned about the Christian concept of agape by engaging with the Hindu community.
October 24, 2013
Last week at Georgetown, Campus Ministry held an event entitled “The Chosen, the Saved, and the Damned: Contending with Religious Exclusivism,” an interfaith conversation held between chaplains from different faith traditions. Through the panel, each chaplain spoke of what their religion teaches regarding salvation, particularly for those of different faiths. Over the course of the discussion, I found that while the dialogue was important, it was not perfect and revealed two of the major difficulties for engaging in interfaith dialogue today.
The first challenge I noticed was the temptation to apologize for the faith in such a dialogue. It is easy to see how in an attempt not to offend...
October 1, 2013
On Monday, September 24th, over 400 delegates from around the world convened at Georgetown University, to answer the call posed by the Second President’s Interfaith and Community Service Challenge: to come together with those of different faiths and tackle a wide range of national obstacles as a community. The program featured sessions about everything from disaster preparedness, to veterans and military families, to human trafficking—each with a focus on how faith and interreligious dialogue furthers the work being done in those fields.
September 20, 2013
When I set off for World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, I thought I knew what I wanted from the experience. I was looking to meet some other young, dynamic Catholics and of course, see Pope Francis; however, between my experience with Magis and with World Youth Day itself, I walked away with a renewed vigor and a desire to learn more about the Church, and to be more for the world. That’s what magis, Latin for “more,” is all about.
September 17, 2013
Having graduated from a public high school, I was used to leaving my religion at home. There was never any discussion of the values that my Catholic faith instilled in me and moved me to social action. Sure, I was part of the Youth Council in my city as well as other community based organizations, but I thought I was involved in such organizations because I was enjoyed giving back to my community. After completing my first year at Georgetown I realized that my extracurricular activities were a response to my Catholic values.
Anebi X. Adoga
September 17, 2013
In July 2013, I, alongside thirteen other Hoyas, participated in World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This was through a Jesuit program called Magis, which means more or less, “the greater.” In the Magis program, World Youth Day pilgrims from all over the world who have strong affiliations with Jesuit institutions gather in the host nation two weeks before the overall World Youth Day programming begins. During the days leading up to the experience, the coordinators of the program lead us pilgrims in prayer and celebration, uniting us with people of different cultures in the ideals and values of the Society of Jesus.
September 16, 2013
Bishop Fulton Sheen, the earliest and perhaps best known Catholic televangelist, once famously said, “There are not a hundred people in America who hate the Catholic Church. There are millions of people who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church — which is, of course, quite a different thing.” In the public debates that now daily rile the American republic, this declaration rings true more and more often. But Bishop Sheen’s exhortation to teach the substance of the Catholic faith to a largely Protestant, and often hostile, public is outdated. Today, his observation stands at the center of the true issue in the church –the failure in Catechesis of an entire generation.
July 31, 2013
This post was written by Sarah Dermody, a member of the Georgetown College Class of 2015 and the Georgetown School of Medicine Class of 2019.
Located in Southwest Washington, D.C., only a few miles away from the gates of Georgetown, the HOYA Clinic serves the homeless and uninsured of the greater metropolitan area. The clinic is run by Georgetown University School of Medicine students and volunteer physicians, and its mission is grounded in the foundation of Catholic social teachings, a commitment to the poor. Over the past year, I have spent many hours in the Pediatrics Room of this clinic. As an undergraduate volunteer, I do not administer direct medical care, but I do have the...
Nicolo Dona dalle Rose
July 24, 2013
This post was written by Nico Dona Dalle Rose, a member of the Georgetown School of Foreign Service class of 2015, who serves as the Head of Outreach for the Georgetown Secular Student Alliance.
Georgetown is praised for having a solid platform for interfaith dialogue, and rightly so. From Campus Ministry to chaplains-in-residence in undergraduate dormitories, the university offers room for spiritual dialogue while also providing a thorough academic theology curriculum. Different faith communities on campus continuously work to engage each other in dialogue. Students in classes and clubs, from the Jewish Student Association to the Muslim Student Association, are able to sit down and...
July 15, 2013
Being both a “Millennial” and a Catholic trying to live a faithful life, several reports on my generation and our religious affiliations have bothered me over the last few years. It is not so much the declining religiosity of my generation that bothers me, but the clearly paradoxical nature of our “identities.” It seems we are confused about our beliefs and religious practice in a way that must be reconciled.
July 12, 2013
This post was written by Barbara Gallets, a member of the Georgetown College class of 2015, who works as a research assistant in the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding.>> more
So you’re probably wondering why I want to talk about couchsurfing.org on an interfaith blog. Couchsurfing is for travelers, not for interfaith work, right? Well, not exactly. It depends on the scope of your definition of interfaith. If by interfaith you mean sitting down and talking with people about their religion, you’re not completely wrong, but couchsurfing.org takes it one step further. By its very nature, people who “surf” while they travel meet and get to know people from diverse...