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.
March 11, 2014
As the Interfaith Youth Core says, “Being an interfaith leader doesn’t end with graduation.” While preparing to enter medical school in August, I have often wondered how to continue my passion for interfaith while working in healthcare. Fortunately, with support from the IFYC Alumni Professional Development Fund and Georgetown University’s Campus Ministry, I was able to attend the Annual Conference on Medicine and Religion last weekend in Chicago. This gathering has shown me the immense potential for interfaith cooperation in the medical field.
March 4, 2014
This post was written by Devika Ranjan, a member of Georgetown's Walsh School of Foreign Service Class of 2017.
As an Indian growing up in a 97 percent white, Protestant New England suburb, my Hindu background was yet another divide between me and my white, Protestant New Englander friends. My pre-teen years were dictated by tyrannous cliques and wavering friendships. All I wanted was to fit in, and Hinduism branded me with the “outsider” stamp. So, I did what any other outsider would do—I quietly obscured my spirituality in hopes of assimilation.
February 27, 2014
Last month, I wrote about the Challenges of Interfaith Dialogue
. However well-intentioned, interfaith dialogue will likely fail if the conversation is inappropriate for its audience, participants feel pressured to compromise their beliefs, and if some participants attempt to proselytize. Having recently graduated from Georgetown University, I have begun to reflect on my school's interfaith efforts. Although we usually avoid the aforementioned pitfalls, interfaith organizing in the college setting faces its own share of unique challenges. Here are some tips and strategies specifically for college and university students interested in promoting interfaith cooperation on their campuses.
February 26, 2014
This post was written by Colleen Fitzgerald, a member of Georgetown's McDonough School of Business Class of 2014 and co-chair of the 2014 Jesuit Heritage Week planning committee.
Georgetown University recently celebrated its fourteenth annual Jesuit Heritage Week during the last week of January. I had the honor and pleasure of being the co-chair, along with my fellow co-chair José Madrid (COL ’14), of the Jesuit Heritage Week planning committee. I graciously accepted this invitation from Father Kevin O’Brien while I was studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland last spring. Little did I know how much planning and effort is put into a week such as this.
February 24, 2014
While attending the Interfaith Youth Core’s (IFYC
) Interfaith Leadership Institute in Atlanta, Georgia this past weekend, I began to reflect on my own interfaith journey after participating in our “Tackling Challenging Conversations” workshop. I had always assumed that my interfaith journey started when I arrived at Georgetown, and I had never looked further into my past. However, this reflection was different, and I tried to remember the first time I had ever engaged in interfaith service. I realized then that my interfaith journey started while I was in high school, with my participation in service projects. Community service was a fundamental part of my high school experience, and...
Melody Fox Ahmed
January 23, 2014
In early January, I had just returned to work at Georgetown University from the holiday break, and was busily helping to oversee set up for a dinner event we would be hosting that evening on campus.
January 10, 2014
The interfaith movement in the United States is growing. Led by organizations like the Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago, the Pluralism Project at Harvard, and the Groundswell Movement founded by Ms. Valarie Kaur (to name just a few), more and more Americans are engaging with people of different religious/spiritual identities than themselves. The mainstream media has finally started to pick up on this trend, and major news outlets like the New York Times, Washington Post, Public Broadcasting Service, and the Huffington Post frequently report on interreligious engagement.
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.
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. >> more