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Celebrating Faith at Georgetown

December 20, 2012—As a Catholic and Jesuit institution, Georgetown is committed to fostering a strong interfaith community. This holiday season, share in the celebration and wisdom of Georgetown’s religious traditions.

Reflections from Georgetown

  • Jum’ah Muslim Prayer Service in Bulldog Alley: The day that goes will not come back. What are you doing with it? — Imam Tarif Shraim
  • Gospel Choir Concert in St. William’s Chapel: How we live as a people is a song that we’re playing, and the music we hear tonight informs that, becomes its overture, becomes that melody we carry with us so in those moments when we see the broken we bind their wounds when we see strife we sow seeds of peace. — Reverend Bryant M. Oskvig
  • Advent Mass in Gaston Hall: If we want to be happy Hoyas, not only will we find God in each other, but we will find God by serving one another. — Rev. Richard Curry, S.J.
  • Hindu Puja Prayer in Makóm Room: Everybody has a little bit of god in them, so even if a person repeatedly commits an action or a series of actions that you disagree with, you have to have that faith that there is a little bit of God inside of them. — Student during the post-prayer discussion
  • Buddhist Meditation in John Main Center for Meditation: You can’t redesign your house until you’ve removed all the clutter, so you have to start finding ways to work with your thoughts rather than letting them be a runaway train in your mind. — Chris Lambert, treasurer of Georgetown Buddhist Meditation Sangha
  • Advent Lessons & Carols in Holy Trinity Church: In this prayer for peace lives the faith that peace will begin. May it start in my own heart, as I let Him in. — “Light a Candle for Peace” by Ruth Elaine Schram, performed by the 7:30 Mass Choir
  • Menorah Lighting in Healy Foyer: We don’t think we’re pretty enough, strong enough, thin enough, smart enough, good enough, whatever it is. We don’t think we have enough stuff inside or enough stuff around us, but actually, Chanukah says you do. The blessing of Chanukah is that we should be blessed with knowing inside that you have enough and that with one light you can light all the rest of the lights. — Rabbi Rachel Gartner
  • Christmas Tree Lighting in Dahlgren Quad: Moments like this remind us of the opportunities we have, particularly in this season, to work together. — University President John J. DeGioia

Photos by Tess O’Connor.