Hoya Paxa

Hoya Paxa: A Blog about Interfaith Service and Peacebuilding (inspired by Georgetown's spirited campus cheer "Hoya Saxa!" to emphasize pax, Latin for "peace") features an ongoing conversation among participants from Georgetown and around the world involved in interfaith service work. Read about innovative efforts to further interreligious understanding and engagement, and reflections that share what works to build peace in diverse communities.


Reflections on Beyond the Comma
April 10, 2018

How Does Religion Promote Social Justice?
January 26, 2018

Student Interfaith Reflections on Social Justice through Dialogue
November 27, 2017

Best Practices for Justice and Peacemaking: The Role of Religion in Community Building
October 30, 2017

Student Reflections on Refugees and Responsibility
August 15, 2017

The World Bank: We Can End Extreme Poverty by 2030
November 22, 2016

Searching for a Safe Space Where God Isn’t a Racist, Patriarchal, White Supremacist Homophobe
November 17, 2016

Reflection on Diwali at Georgetown
November 8, 2016

Learn From and Love Each Other: Themes in Juvenile Justice and Interfaith Service
July 26, 2016

Interfaith Iftar with the D.C. Ahmadiyya Community
July 13, 2016

Creating a Space for Interreligious Dialogue in Pakistan
July 12, 2016

How to Be B.R.A.V.E.
June 27, 2016

Buddhism: A Pathway to Peace and Conflict Resolution
June 24, 2016

Feeling at Home with Strangers: Interfaith Iftar in DC
June 23, 2016

Transatlantic Perspectives on Religion and Foreign Policy
June 22, 2016

A Reflection on Service at Misericordia Heart of Mercy
June 20, 2016

Engaging Community Needs at a Local D.C. Community Center
June 17, 2016

Faith in Action: Reflections of Service
June 16, 2016

Cecile Richards at GU: The End of the World or the Beginning of a Discourse?
May 13, 2016

DC Schools Project: An Inclusive Option for Faith and Service
May 10, 2016

Judaism in Morocco
April 27, 2016

A Joy-Filled Park that Turned Into a Scene of Sorrow
April 26, 2016

America Needs to Be Uncomfortable
April 25, 2016

Reflecting on 10 Years of the Study of Religion in World Affairs
April 22, 2016

Accessing Interfaith Dialogue
April 21, 2016

Understanding Buddhism: From Individualism to Communalism
April 20, 2016

The School of Foreign Service and Ethics
April 18, 2016

Five Things I Learned about Faith, Policy, and Politics
April 15, 2016

2016 Doyle Symposium: Engaging Diversity, Building Peace, Changing Communities
April 5, 2016

Fear Itself: How Extremist Ideology Has Dominated My Hometown
March 31, 2016

Creating Policy Proposals and Intrafaith Dialogue at WIAC
March 11, 2016

Exploring a Buddhist Meditation
March 9, 2016

All Souls United for Love
March 8, 2016

A New Diplomacy: Engaging and Understanding Culture and Religion
March 7, 2016

Yoga: Whose Practice is it Anyways?
March 4, 2016

Cultivating Respect Through Relationships
March 3, 2016

Quakerism Today
March 2, 2016

Reflection on a Mormon Religious Service
March 1, 2016

Aahang: The Sublime Music of Pakistan
February 16, 2016

The Georgetown Perspective: Religion and Peace
February 11, 2016

Sanctions on the Episcopal Church
January 21, 2016

Child-bride: Agency and Marriage in India
October 30, 2015

A Discussion with Julia Watts Belser, Theology Professor, Georgetown University
October 29, 2015

For the Future of Religion and Global Affairs, Look to Youth and Technology
October 29, 2015

A Discussion with Lauve Steenhuisen, Theology Professor, Georgetown University
October 28, 2015

A Discussion with Michelle Ohnona, Women and Gender Studies Professor, Georgetown University
October 27, 2015

President’s Interfaith Challenge Educates for the Urgent Work Ahead
October 27, 2015

The Indian People’s Theater Association
October 26, 2015

Shots: Health Education in India
October 23, 2015

President’s Interfaith Challenge: Raising Youth Voices in Interfaith Work
October 23, 2015

Graphic Portrayals of Religion
October 22, 2015

Theater as Lived Faith
October 21, 2015

Singing and Synagogues
October 20, 2015

Noreen Sajwani: Faith, Culture, and Dance
October 19, 2015

Censorship: Enforcement of Norms through Repression in India
October 19, 2015

Hearing (among) the Deaf: A Reflection on My Experience as a Doyle Fellow
October 15, 2015

Inspired by Faith: The DC Community
October 14, 2015

Reconciling Public Religion and Difference Through the President's Interfaith Service Campus Challenge
October 13, 2015

Embracing the Other
October 5, 2015

Interfaith Iftar
August 21, 2015

Faith, Friends, and Fasting: An Interfaith Iftar in DC
July 16, 2015

July 8, 2015

From Detroit to Korea
July 8, 2015

The WorldMUN Spirit
July 6, 2015

Mental Health: a Social Justice Issue
June 11, 2015

Social Justice Initiatives at Georgetown University: Practical Applications of Moral, Professional, and Educational Responsibility (Doyle Symposium Proposal)
April 29, 2015

“Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?” Georgetown Students Unite Against Bigotry
April 28, 2015

Asking Tough Questions: My Reflection as a Doyle Fellow
April 27, 2015

Looking Beyond the Obvious: Homebound Residents in DC
April 27, 2015

Creating a Modern Equivalent of the Original Hull House (Doyle Symposium Third Place)
April 22, 2015

Rebuilding the Commonwealth by Improving Campus Mental Health (Doyle Symposium Second Place)
April 22, 2015

Using Medical Ethics to Combat Injustice (Doyle Symposium Proposal)
April 21, 2015

Contradictions in Charity: Giving in the Proper Spirit
April 21, 2015

Proposal for Core Curriculum Academic Diversity (Doyle Symposium Jury Prize)
April 20, 2015

Integrating Conversations about Privilege and Diversity into Courses (Doyle Symposium Proposal)
April 20, 2015

Interreligious Dialogue: Engaging Difference Through our Catholic Identity (Doyle Symposium Honorable Mention)
April 20, 2015

Ideas on Teaching Diversity (Doyle Symposium Proposal)
April 20, 2015

Disturbance Art: Engaging Difference through Pop-Up Music, Dance, Theater, and Visual Arts (Doyle Symposium First Place)
April 20, 2015

Finding Beauty and Sublimity in the St. John Passion
April 17, 2015

The Power of Mobilizing and Consolidating Middle Eastern Youth Movements
March 20, 2015

The Colored Museum: A Play on the Struggle of Cultural Identity
March 20, 2015

Standing up to Mormon Female Stereotypes
March 16, 2015

A Vigil for Chapel Hill and Dialogue: Implications for Religion, Race, and Understanding
March 11, 2015

A Worldly Love Affair: Learning about Countering Extremism at BYU
March 11, 2015

Gratitude for Casual Interfaith Interactions at Georgetown
February 23, 2015

Discovering Arab Christianity in D.C.
February 23, 2015

Why My Lack of Religious Privilege is a Privilege
February 20, 2015

Senior Reflections on Interreligious Understanding
February 20, 2015

Sundays with the Southern Baptists on Capitol Hill
February 20, 2015

A Muslim’s First Catholic Mass
February 20, 2015

Evening Worship at Adas Israel
February 20, 2015

Faith and Family
February 20, 2015

DC Vigil Honors Chapel Hill Victims
February 19, 2015

How is Sandwich Making "Interfaith"?
February 19, 2015

The Christian Negus and the Stick: A Reflection as a Muslim at Mass
January 12, 2015

Returning to the Sisters and Challenging My Convictions
January 12, 2015

Bismillah al-rahman al-rahim: My First Time at Jum'ah Prayer
January 9, 2015

Winter is Coming: Winter Packages Drive for the Homeless
January 9, 2015

Catholic Christmastime and Hindu Meditation
December 22, 2014

Pride in Shabbat
December 19, 2014

Releasing Divisive Inhibitions: A Hindu Student Reflects on Catholic Mass
December 19, 2014

The Other Side of the World: Vigil for Peshawar
December 18, 2014

Time to Rest: A Muslim Student Reflects on Shabbat Service
December 18, 2014

Prayers for Peshawar
December 17, 2014

Good Vibrations: Hindu Reflections on a Gospel Choir Prayer Service
December 17, 2014

A Loving Embrace: Experiencing Hinduism in Maryland
December 2, 2014

You Shall Not Curse a Deaf Man
November 20, 2014

Expanding the Definition of Diversity
November 5, 2014

Humility Leading to Empathy
November 5, 2014

Immersion in the Human Experience
November 5, 2014

Building Up from the Ashes
November 4, 2014

Diversity in Coexistence: A Working Project
November 4, 2014

Love First Promotes Religious Understandings
November 4, 2014

Health, Healing and the Catholic Church
November 4, 2014

Sneetches: An Exercise in Acceptance
November 4, 2014

The Intersection of Religion and Everything, Everywhere
November 3, 2014

USAID: The Intersection of Religion and World Affairs Is Still Important
November 3, 2014

An Unexpected Turn: Majoring in Theology at Georgetown
November 3, 2014

Exploring Ethical and Religious Dimensions
October 10, 2014

Reading Humanity's Future with Religious Literacy
September 30, 2014

Cultural Currents and Ethical Bridges
September 30, 2014

Sandals and Saris: Fitting in at the President's Interfaith and Community Challenge
September 29, 2014

On 9/11, a Call for Unity from Indian Muslim Journalists
September 18, 2014

Alum Explores How to Promote Kindness through Technology at Cambridge
September 15, 2014

Identifying Common Values Amidst Doctrinal Differences
September 9, 2014

Jainism and Islam: More Similar Than You Might Think
July 8, 2014

The Summit for Radical Egalitarianism
June 25, 2014

Alternative Spring Break 2014: A Native Experience
June 5, 2014

Learning about the World Through International Model UN
May 20, 2014

An Opportunity to Lead
May 5, 2014

Is Religion a Stalemate in International Debate?
April 30, 2014

The Courtyard of the Gentiles and Better Together Day
April 29, 2014

Acting for the Right and Wrong Reasons
April 23, 2014

Hip-Hop Heals
April 23, 2014

Why Can’t I Just Major in REWA?
April 23, 2014

Different Faiths, One Practice: Interfaith Meditation
April 22, 2014

Rediscovering the Festival of Colors: Holi 2014
April 15, 2014

Lingering Questions on Interfaith Marriage in America
April 15, 2014

Learning to Engage with Religious Diversity
April 14, 2014

The Power of Dialogue: Alternative Spring Break 2014
April 8, 2014

1525 Lesseps Street: Alternative Spring Break 2014
April 7, 2014

A Religious Experience on the Peaks of Aspen Grove
March 26, 2014

What They Forgot to Teach in Kindergarten: The Problem of Religious Illiteracy
March 24, 2014

Building Interfaith Bridges Both in Policy and Interpersonally
March 21, 2014

In the Name of God: DC Young Adults Faith Leaders Summit 2014
March 21, 2014

Bottom-Up Conflict Resolution: Finding Solutions Using a Diverse Set of Tools
March 20, 2014

Enduring Rewards of a Tailor-Made Program
March 18, 2014

Improving Healthcare, Saving Lives
March 11, 2014

Talking about God: Reflections on Interfaith Dialogue
March 4, 2014

Tips for Interfaith Organizing on College Campuses
February 27, 2014

Coordinating Georgetown's 2014 Jesuit Heritage Week
February 26, 2014

Re-Defining Service
February 24, 2014

Dinner with the People of the Book: Pakistani Muslims and American Jews Share a Night of Dialogue and Friendship
January 23, 2014

The Challenges of Interfaith Dialogue
January 10, 2014

How a Muslim Experienced Agape at Puja
December 4, 2013

The Creative Tension in Interfaith Dialogue
October 24, 2013

Reflecting on the Second President’s Interfaith and Community Service Challenge
October 1, 2013

Youth Want Love Demonstrated Through Action
September 20, 2013

To Love and to Serve
September 17, 2013

The Significance of World Youth Day and Magis
September 17, 2013

Do Young Catholics Even Understand Their Religion?
September 16, 2013

Practicing Jesuit Values at the HOYA Clinic
July 31, 2013

A Non-Religious Georgetown Experience
July 24, 2013

Millennials Are Faithful, But Not Always Religious
July 15, 2013

Couchsurfing: An Unlikely Avenue for Interfaith Engagement
July 12, 2013

Dialogue and Diversity in the Era of Facebook
July 11, 2013

Doodle Prayer: A Form of Contemplation in Action
July 10, 2013

Lailat-ul-Qadr: The Night of Power in Ramadan
July 9, 2013

Francis, a Pope for All Catholics (Especially Millennials)
July 8, 2013

Empowerment Through Microfinance
July 3, 2013

The Violence of Cambodia's Past Threatens Educational Dreams Today
June 27, 2013

An Atom’s Weight of Good
June 25, 2013

Volunteering, Social Justice, and the Millennial Generation
June 21, 2013

The Man of Steel Represents American Values
June 17, 2013

Broadening Perspectives through Interfaith Conversations
May 28, 2013

Dhul-Qarnayn: An Ideal Muslim Leader
May 20, 2013

The Lifesavers: Alternative Spring Break 2013
April 23, 2013

Foundations for Muslim-Buddhist Interfaith Dialogue
April 15, 2013

Passover in Israel: A Time of Remembrance
April 10, 2013

Hallelujah Shabbat
April 2, 2013

25 Days of Service: A Commitment to Community and Collaboration
March 25, 2013

Assume Good Faith: Alternative Spring Break 2013
March 18, 2013

Women and Faith: The Act of Reflection
March 15, 2013

Interfaith Dialogue: A Way of Life
March 14, 2013

Religious Freedom, Development and Interfaith Dialogue Collide: A Reflection on Pastor Rick Warren at Georgetown
February 22, 2013

Finding a Place at the Table: A Reflection on Faith, Diversity and Sexual Orientation on Campus
February 19, 2013

Bring on the Books
February 15, 2013

Is the Lenten Season Awkward for Muslims? Not at Georgetown University
February 14, 2013

Building Sandwiches and Interfaith Relationships
January 28, 2013

Reflecting on Diversity in Islam Through Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 15, 2013

A Spirit of Service Following Disaster
December 19, 2012

Reclaiming Personal Faith Through Interreligious Dialogue
December 3, 2012

Responding to Hatred Through Community and Faith
November 30, 2012

Ambassador Chris Stevens Interfaith Prayer Vigil
November 28, 2012

Diwali: What Muslims Can Learn From the Festival of Lights
November 11, 2012

Convoy of Hope
November 7, 2012

The Beauty of Interfaith Dialogue
October 9, 2012

Chad Beyer (South Africa) on the Role of Olympic Values in the Twenty-First Century
August 6, 2012

Felix Tetteh (Ghana) on Using Social Media Ambassadors to Spread Olympic Values
August 6, 2012

White House Challenge: Building Bridges
July 16, 2012

Celebrating the First Year of the White House Interfaith Service Challenge and Gearing Up for Year Two
July 13, 2012

Small Donations Go a Long Way to Helping Victims of Sexual Assault
May 11, 2012

Shanti and Salaam
May 4, 2012

Circles, Commitment, and Conversations
April 17, 2012

Watching the "I Have a Dream" Speech
April 2, 2012

Easter: Awkward For Muslims?
March 26, 2012

Faith and Worker Justice in the District
March 15, 2012

Speaking Up: Expectations for Contemporary Muslim Religious Leaders
February 24, 2012

Lent, My Favorite Season
February 22, 2012

The Experience of the Junior Year Abroad Network
February 16, 2012

Bring on the Books: Serving God by Serving Others
February 15, 2012

Common Ground for the Common Good: Revitalizing the United Nations
February 14, 2012

Friends, Faith, and Understanding at the Interfaith Youth Core Leadership Institute
February 7, 2012

Interfaith Work is a Social Movement
February 7, 2012

Gratitude and Service
February 3, 2012

The Hilltop is an Interfaith Experience
February 1, 2012

Rivals on the Court, Teammates in the Fight Against Hunger
February 1, 2012

Leading a Friday Jummah Service
January 25, 2012

Silence with the Lamb: Reflections on a Five-Day Spiritual Ignatian Retreat Experience
January 19, 2012

Student Helps Bring People Together
December 19, 2011

Holiday Shopping, and Hunger & Homelessness Week
December 8, 2011

Georgetown Gives Back in Spirit of Thanksgiving
December 8, 2011

Winners of Interfaith Essay Contest Announced
December 8, 2011

'Tis the Season, Not the Spirit on the Hilltop
December 8, 2011

Hoya Outreach Programs and Education's Solidarity Sleep Out
December 2, 2011

Building a Diverse Faith Community
December 2, 2011

Essay Contest Third Prize - "A Non-Believer Making a Difference"
December 1, 2011

Essay Contest First Prize - "Men and Women for Others: A Lifelong Journey"
December 1, 2011

Essay Contest Second Prize - "A Mormon at Georgetown"
December 1, 2011

Essay Contest Third Prize - "Apples, Compassion and God's Sense of Humour"
December 1, 2011

Gratitude in Faith and Action: The November President's Challenge Roundtable Event
December 1, 2011

An Experience of Enlightenment
December 1, 2011

Interfaith Groups Give Thanks at the Thanksgiving Prayer Service
November 20, 2011

Muslim Student Association's Halaqa, or "Circle of Knowledge" Helps Students Learn and Grow
November 15, 2011

Finding Humanity through Friday Food
November 14, 2011

Interfaith Inspiration at the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation International Conference
November 9, 2011

The Fall Fest: Fun and Faith
November 9, 2011

Bringing Students Together with SAC Fair
November 8, 2011

Diwali at Georgetown
November 4, 2011

A Typical Evening-Mass, Muslims, and Mormons
November 3, 2011

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Can Create Social Change
October 28, 2011

The Corp, Community Service, and the Challenge
October 27, 2011

A Capella and Baked Goods Serve Georgetown Pediatrics
October 27, 2011

GU Women of Color and GU Lecture Fund at DC Central Kitchen
October 26, 2011

Corrine Schmidt on Volunteering at the Georgetown Hospital Pediatric Center
October 26, 2011

Volunteering at the Georgetown Hospital Pediatric Center
October 26, 2011

GSP Students Bring Halloween Fun to Pediatric Unit
October 26, 2011

The Jewish Holiday of Sukkot
October 24, 2011

Ashia Boyce on GU Women of Color and GU Lecture Fund at DC Central Kitchen
October 24, 2011

The Inaugural Homecoming Humanitarian Award
October 24, 2011

Jesuit Heritage Week and Interfaith Engagement
October 18, 2011

"Faith in Conversation": Sustained Interfaith Dialogue at the Student Level
October 18, 2011

Travis Richardson on Islamic Relief USA: Day of Dignity
October 13, 2011

Religion and Public Life at the "Red Mass"
October 4, 2011

Interreligious Dialogues: A Student-Directed Effort at Georgetown
October 4, 2011

Remembrance Through Service: The September President's Challenge Roundtable Event
September 28, 2011

Garba Celebration Brings Together Hindus and Non-Hindus
September 27, 2011

Hindu, Muslim and Christian Reflections on Arun Gandhi's 9/11 Talk
September 26, 2011

9/11 Unity Walk Reaffirmed My Muslim-American Identity
September 13, 2011

Running for Unity: The 9/11 Remembrance Run
September 12, 2011

Religious Pluralism Shines at the 9/11 Unity Walk
September 12, 2011

Mariam Zarafshar on the 9/11 Interfaith Vigil
September 11, 2011

Tackling Education in Washington: The White House Interfaith Challenge
September 4, 2011

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