Chaplains of different faith traditions interact during the Mass of the Holy Spirit

Interreligious Dialogue

Religious pluralism and the promotion of interreligious dialogue is a core area of study at Georgetown.

Faculty and students across schools—including in the Department of Theology, the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs—explore religious traditions as they relate to one another and to wider cultural, social, and political issues around the world. Openness to religious pluralism has been central to Georgetown’s identity and mission since its founding. Georgetown is home to a vibrant multi-faith campus ministry and community and was the first Catholic university to hire a full-time rabbi and the first university in the United States to hire a full-time imam.

Woman in church wearing a face mask and praying with her hands outstretched

How do religious communities contribute—both positively and less so—to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic? For the last year the Berkley Center's Religious Responses to COVID-19 project has addressed this question through research, commentary, and dialogue involving faith actors and development leaders.

Center for Jewish Civilization
Founded in 2003, the Center for Jewish Civilization is an academic program that examines the study of the global dimensions of Judaism throughout the ages, with an emphasis on the ethical aspects of Jewish civilization and its interrelationship with other peoples and politics.