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.
July 8, 2014
Perhaps no two faith traditions are viewed as more divergent than Islam and Jainism. Indeed, the former is often associated with violence and extremism, while the latter is usually known for its inspiration for peaceful civil rights movements through its concept of ahimsa (nonviolence). As a Muslim of Indian background, I have wondered how to counter misinformation about my religion while striving to build greater interfaith connections among traditions common in South Asia. Fortunately, attending the Young Jains of America Convention (YJA) from July 3-6, 2014 has shown me that Islam and Jainism share some surprising similarities, and that the shared experiences of both groups in the...
June 25, 2014
The stage was set with four simple armchairs and a mahogany table. The crowd buzzed in anticipation, waiting until two men, Rev. Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners and professor at Georgetown University, and Dr. Jim Yong-Kim, president of the World Bank and leader in the field of global health, stepped onto into the spotlight.
June 5, 2014
Alexandria Plutnicki is a member of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business Class of 2017. This is her first year of involvement with the Alternative Spring Break program, and she will be returning to North Carolina with Native American Experience as a leader in 2015.
May 20, 2014
This post was written by Emma MacMullan, a member of Georgetown's Walsh School of Foreign Service class of 2015, who was a member of the International Relations Club delegation to this year's WorldMUN Model United Nations Conference in Brussels, Belgium.
May 5, 2014
This post was written by Jack Ludtke, a member of Georgetown's McDonough School of Business class of 2017, who was a member of the International Relations Club delegation to this year's WorldMUN Model United Nations Conference in Brussels, Belgium.
April 30, 2014
This post was written by Anais Carmona, a member of Georgetown's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service Class of 2014, who was a member of the International Relations Club delegation to this year's WorldMUN Model United Nations Conference in Brussels, Belgium.
Imagine walking into a room with two hundred chairs, each to be filled by delegates from over fifty countries. Excitement and fear are condensed into a room where four or five different languages are heard discussing travel, the city of Brussels, but more importantly, what topic we’d like to set for the agenda. Within a matter of seconds, the choice between mental illness and reproductive education was everything but simple....
April 29, 2014
This post shares reflections of three Georgetown students, Aamir Hussain, Trishla Jain, and Niki Khanderia, who participated in the Vatican's first "Courtyard of the Gentiles” event in the United States from April 9-11, 2014. The event focused on the role of arts, literature, and culture in fostering interreligious dialogue. Georgetown also joined colleges and universities around the United States on April 10 to celebrate "Better Together Day", a day of inter-religious cooperation sponsored by the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC). Together, the two events were a powerful representation of the growing international interfaith movement.
April 23, 2014
“Everything That Rises Must Converge,” Flannery O’Connor’s great American short story about covert racism during the Civil Rights movement, broke the barrier between text and performance during its staged reading
in Lohrfink Auditorium last week. As part of the Faith, Culture, and Common Good conference
, the short story was put to the stage— dialogue, descriptions, and imagery intact. A small group of actors portrayed the classic characters and a Greek chorus, narrating the story with O’Connor’s original prose.
April 23, 2014
Cassandra Lawrence is a freelance writer and researcher in Washington, DC specializing in religion and international conflict.
Hip-hop fans filled the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower stage for an evening on Faith, Hip-Hop and the Common Good
. They weren’t disappointed.
April 22, 2014
This post was written by Niki Khandheria, a member of Georgetown’s School of Nursing and Health Studies Class of 2017, who will serve as the interfaith chair for the Hindu Student Association during the 2014-2015 academic year.
If President Obama or Pope Francis asked you if you could spare ten minutes of your time today to speak with them, what would you say? “You want to talk to me? Of course, I’d be honored!” or “Hmm, let me check my schedule; I’m kind of busy today.” I’m guessing most of us would go with the former. Well, then consider this: if we believe that God is the most powerful and influential being of all, then why do most of us deny the opportunity to talk to Him...
April 15, 2014
This post was written by Ambika Ahuja, a member of Georgetown's McDonough School of Business Class of 2017. >> more
I felt like Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games as people rushed around me to grab packets of colored powder. I spotted an orange baggie that others had neglected and hastily opened it. Clouds of color were already rising into the air, and my white shirt was soon sporting stains and specks of blue, green, orange, yellow, and red. I grabbed a handful of my orange powder and threw it at the stranger closest to me. I could hear laughter, as others did the same, and yelps, as some were caught by surprise, mixed with the sound of pop Bollywood music. No one could possibly follow...