The John Main Center
for Meditation and Interreligious Dialogue
at Georgetown University


Our Mission

The John Main Center offers a contemplative sacred space in the heart of the Georgetown University campus. Through regular meditation sessions and special events, offered in a spirit of friendship and openness to all, the John Main Center shares the gift of the contemplative path with the Georgetown Community and beyond.

Contemplatives in Action
Our Response to Racism and Racial Injustice

Now a full and active component of Campus Ministry, the John Main Center seeks to become more deeply engaged in the spiritual and intellectual life of Georgetown—offering a comprehensive, campus-wide approach to the teaching and practice of meditation that is consistent with its Jesuit identity and Ignatian values.

In light of the signs of these unprecedented times and in order to uphold the Jesuit value of being “Contemplatives in Action”, the JMC shares this crucial and timely message from Georgetown University Campus Ministry.

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Dear friends,

Current events serve as a powerful reminder of the persistence of racism and racial injustice in our communities. The tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN, amid so many others, has evoked deep memory of our history of racial oppression. We are overcome with grief for the oppressed and for our own complicity in systems of oppression.

This moment gives fresh urgency to the call to be “people for others,” in the words of Pedro Arrupe, S.J. — people “completely convinced that the love of God which does not issue in justice for others is a farce.”(1) As a Catholic and Jesuit institution, we uphold the words of the 32nd General Congregation of the Society of Jesus, that “the promotion of justice is an absolute requirement” of the “service of faith.”(2) As people of diverse religious and non-religious backgrounds, we affirm that these words speak to a deeper, universal call — the call to care for the wounded among us, to seek understanding, and to dismantle the causes of all forms of violence. We commend all those who have responded to this call.

Georgetown University continues to atone for its participation in the sin of slavery. We lament that all of our traditions have at one time or another throughout history been complicit in raising up some at the expense of others. We who bear the privileges of these systems must reflect on our participation and root out the seeds of racism from our communities. Otherwise, these tragic patterns will persist.

As religious leaders at Georgetown University, we commit to name, address, and dismantle the structures of racism and white privilege in our own midst. We will do this by:

  • Deepening our own formation around race and white privilege through honest, ongoing examination of the way they function in our personal and professional lives
  • Examining and addressing the ways in which race, power, privilege, and their intersections function in the operations of Campus Ministry, and in our religious communities
  • Working with our campus partners to include a racial justice lens in all our student programs, and creating programs that specifically address racism, and anti-racism awareness, competency, and action
  • Continuing this work well into the future, and not just in this moment in history.

In unity, we add our voices to those who are calling for racial justice, and vow to begin with ourselves. We seek to be who we all came to the Hilltop to become: people for others.

Respectfully,
The Chaplains and Staff of Campus Ministry at Georgetown University

(1)https://ignatiansolidarity.net/men-and-women-for-others-fr-pedro-arrupe-s-j
(2)https://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/our-mission-today.html

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What We Do

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Interfaith Dialogue


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A meditation, yoga, contemplative eucharist and
personal mentoring retreat for young adults

Last year we held a very diverse enriching retreat for young adults (ages 18-40) from different parts of the world. This year we do it again, but it will have to be online. It will still be centred in Bonnevaux where participants will feel connected through a creative use of technology to address some of the most pressing questions of our troubling times:

– Where to find happiness in an authentic way.

– How to make meditation part of your life.

– How to feel supported in a community you can believe in and that believes in you.

– How to deal with your personal issues with spiritual friendship and skilled counselling.

We also have suggestions for you (see here) to construct a daily retreat framework that suits your current situation while using the essential elements originating from Bonnevaux.

2020 Summer Schedule

Dear JMC Friends!
 
We are all in the midst of making another momentous transition from Spring into Summer, from cool to hot weather, with possibilities of reunions with family and friends, through graduation into internships and new jobs… and now…re-entry into another “new normal” which is met with both excitement and trepidation.  How can we navigate this charged spectrum of priorities, demands and stimuli after almost a year and a half of simplifying our lives to what is most essential?
 
Summer months are a perfect time to be restored by stillness, silence and simplicity with the JMC. It’s just short enough to fit into any schedule yet long enough to shift your frame of mind and spirit for the rest of the day.  All are welcome. No experience needed. All times below are Eastern Daylight Time. 
Sending you Peace in it all, 
Lisa and the Summer JMC-MSB Leadership Team
Summer Meditation Offerings
 

Please indicate which meditation session you would like to attend and Request Zoom Link by emailing the JMC at meditationcenter@georgetown.edu

All times below are Eastern Daylight Time.

Monday-Thursday 
12:30 p.m.-1 p.m. 
Request Zoom 
Host: JMC Director

New! Tuesday & Thursday Morning Meditation
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
 Request Zoom

Alumni & Graduating Hoyas Meditation Tuesdays
5:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. 
 Request Zoom

WCCM (World Community of Christian Meditation)
Thursdays 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. 
Request Zoom
Prof. Dennis McAuliffe-                            djm2@georgetown.edu 

For the McDonough School of Business (MSB) Community 

New! MSB Wednesday Meditation
5:15 p.m.-5:45 p.m. 
 Request Zoom

WCCM (World Community of Christian Meditation)
Sundays
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.              Request Zoom
Dr. Gene Bebeau

 
 
 

Our JMC Leaders Welcome YOU to a Summer Season 2021
of Stillness, Silence & Simplicity!

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Summer Good Morning Meditation
Every Tuesday & Thursday in July
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
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Alumni & Graduating Hoya Meditation
Every Tuesday
5:30pm - 6pm (EDT)
Request Zoom & Sign Up Here!

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For the McDonough School of Business (MSB) Community 

New! MSB Wednesday Summer Meditation in July
5:15 p.m.-5:45 p.m. 
 Request Zoom

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Wisdom Living & the Joy of Connection

Saturday, July 17
 9:00-11:00 am EDT
(3-5pm French Time)

Meditation: Discovering pure prayer of the heart.

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JMC Black Hoya Meditation

Monthly - Summer TBA
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RSVP's Welcome!

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Since November 2020, the Black Hoya Meditation gatherings hosted by the John Main Center have served as a space of healing, unity, community between students and alumni from a range of schools. Together, we have explored the practice of a mantra-based meditation rooted in stillness, silence and simplicity -- the three pillars of the John Main practice. 
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Hosts
Michaella Mentu, MiM '21
Rashan Prailow, MSF '21
Lisa Directo Davis, JMC Program Director

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Undergraduate OnlyGainz Meditation
Starts Back Up in Fall 2021

Sign Up Here!

OnlyGainz is a space for Georgetown undergrad students to create community through Fitness and Meditation.  We strive to keep each other accountable with our own fitness goals alongside cultivating the practice of meditation to guide our journey!

 

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Remembering the Remarkable Legacy of Anne Marie Becraft 

Our JMC Leaders Celebrate Anne Marie Becraft!
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I stumbled across the Anne Marie Becraft Hall while on campus recently and it gave me joy. The space, virtually and physically reminds me of the places where I felt safe, grounded and in community with those around me. My undergraduate experience at a women's college granted me several opportunities to dig deeper within and find my true self. Joining the online weekly meditation sessions with the John Main Center, connects me to my true self in similar, newer ways, while also connecting me with Georgetown students, faculty, staff and community members. I appreciate the fact that there is a designated space to the legacy of Anne Marie Becraft, particularly because she is remembered for establishing an academy for Black girls and I'm a Black girl/woman at this institution. This space reminds me that my Blackness & woman-ness belong here at Georgetown and it is precious to me for this reason.

Michaella Mentu
Master's in Management '21
Georgetown University MSB

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The Meditation House (as I called it) was my favorite place on campus, well before I knew its history or that the university was considering changing its name. The building was once named after a former Georgetown leader who was involved in the sale of 272 enslaved people. To have the place where folks are invited to communally meditate and reflect be named after a Black woman, a woman of service through education, is inspiring. Anne Marie Becraft accomplished so much before passing at 28; I, at 29, hope to create positive, lasting change through my work as well. The space [JMC - my addition] feels more inviting and is somewhere I went (pre-COVID) to bask in the energy of someone like Anne Marie Becraft as a Black woman who serves through education.

Jaime Brown
Associate Director,
Center for Student Engagement
MBA '23
Georgetown University MSB

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“For three years, I resisted going into John Main Center because the idea of meditating and being in silence for more than 2 minutes was the most daunting of concepts. However, my curiosity got antsy and propelled me to try what the media crowned the newest wellness fad– meditation. Over the course of my senior year, I not only was able to discover and deepen my meditation practice but I also became part of such a special community. The center pulls together people from all corners of campus and the world to come together with the common interest of meditation. A simple and profound connection proved to build a foundation for a community so welcoming and loving. So, while it once used to be just that tiny building across from New South, now the John Main Center serves as both an oasis and a home. “Katherine Altman C'19

“The John Main Center has been instrumental for the wholeness of my Georgetown experience. Not only has it become a space of peace and calm but also it has helped me grow spiritually and emotionally. I feel like having the Meditation Center on campus can be a great addition to any student — whatever it is the faith tradition that he or she comes from. Being part of the JMC is an opportunity to each day enhance our lives personally, spiritually, physically, and academically.”Gabriel Donato Gonçalves C'19

Why donate

Your financial to contribution to the John Main Center helps us offer the transformative practice of meditation to the Georgetown community and beyond.

 

Partners

We are grateful for the support of the following:

The Meditatio Foundation

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