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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2020 Summer Schedule

In This Unprecedented Time

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Find grounding in Stillness, Silence, and Simplicity by Zooming in for meditation.

Seeking a way to cultivate peace and compassionate action in the midst of all the flux and turmoil? 

Join our Summer JMC on-line community and meditation offerings.

We look forward to sharing a Summer of Stillness, Silence & Simplicity with you.

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 (EDT)

MON TUE WED THURS FRI
08:30 – 08:50 AM

Morning Meditation

Host: JMC Student Leader

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10:00 – 10:30 AM jmcsilencestillnesssimplicity

Host: Harris Staff*

(June 2 & July 7)

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12:00  – 12:20 PM

Pre-Meditation

Ruminating Readings

(wisdom/sacred/text/

quote/poem)

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Pre-Meditation Yoga

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12:30 – 01:00 PM

Host: JMC Director

Lisa Directo Davis

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Lisa Directo Davis

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Host: JMC Director

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05:00 – 5:30 PM

Host: JMC Student Leaders

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06:15 – 07:15 PM

Host: Dennis McAuliffe

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*The Harris meditation takes place on every first Tuesday of each month.

*The MSB meditation participants are invited to join us daily and Wednesdays at our 12:30pm meditation.

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Black Lives Matter Meditation for Healing Racial Trauma

with Dr. Candice Nicole Hargons on SoundCloud

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STARTING Thursday, JUNE 18th @ 1pm-2:30pm

Mindfulness, meditation, and contemplation: all can help us return to our center and foster peace. Learn more and meditate with us in an online summer series.  Though our focus will be primarily on Christian contemplative practices, insights from many traditions will inform our conversations. All are welcome! 

Jointly sponsored by the Office of Mission and Ministry at Loyola Marymount University and the John Main Center for Meditation and Interreligious Dialogue at Georgetown University.

 More info and registration here

Thursday, June 18 | 10 – 11:30 Pacific, 1 pm – 2:30 pm EDT 

Topic: Longing for Belonging: Contemplation as an Exercise in Consciousness 

Featuring: Dr. Leah Marie Buturain, Lecturer in Theological Studies (Loyola Marymount University)

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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

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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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