The Bunting♦Meyerhoff Interfaith & Community Service Center (IFC) is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. Stop by to say hello!


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July 2016


Dear Member of the Class of 2020,


On behalf of JHU Campus Ministries, welcome to the Johns Hopkins University community!  I’m sure this has been a busy summer and that you have received a lot of information from your new school already.  I am writing to let you and your parents know that there is rich and diverse religious life at Johns Hopkins.


My name is Kathy Schnurr and I am the JHU Chaplain.  I serve in an interfaith and inter-denominational capacity and direct the Campus Ministries office in facilitating the many religious activities that take place on campus.  Our team includes ordained and lay ministers, rabbis, priests, an imam and student leaders here to assist all religious and spiritual traditions in any way possible.  Campus Ministries for Religious & Spiritual Life is housed in a very unique campus facility called the Bunting♦Meyerhoff Interfaith and Community Service Center located at 3509 North Charles Street - across the street from the university’s tennis courts.  This center serves as the home to the 25 religious groups at Johns Hopkins.  From daily activities to weekly services, the Interfaith Center is open to people of all faith traditions or no faith at all.  In addition to offices and worship space, there is a library and lounge with a collection of sacred texts, movies and several publications, a labyrinth and a kitchen all to help provide nourishment for the mind, body and soul.


I warmly invite you to an Ice Cream Social at the Interfaith Center, the Saturday of Move-In Weekend, August 27th , from 1 – 3pm.  This will give you a chance to meet many of the religious professionals who serve our campus community and explore the different religious and spiritual opportunities that exist at Johns Hopkins. 


For a listing of our regularly scheduled campus worship, prayer and mediation please visit our web site at www.jhu.edu/chaplain.  You will also see some of our photos from past events and information about up-coming programs.


I want you to know that you are always welcome to stop by the Interfaith Center to meet me, our Assistant Chaplain, Asher Kolieboi and our Administrative Coordinator, Barb Helmuth.  We consider ourselves very fortunate to welcome and serve you.  You may email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it anytime if you have any questions or concerns.  We are blessed with a vibrant and diverse campus community and look forward to having you be a part of it!


I hope the rest of your summer goes smoothly and I’ll see you in August!





Kathy Schnurr


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Mission Statement

Johns Hopkins University Campus Ministries promotes and supports spiritual development, theological reflections, religious tolerance and social awareness among students, faculty and staff within the university community. At its heart, Campus Ministries is a prophetic and pastoral presence which seeks to enhance the spiritual and ethical educational experience of the whole person mind, body and soul.

Welcome to Campus Ministries!
At its very best, a university community is a place of academic and cosmic discovery where time is spent in worthy and imposing intellectual pursuits. It is also true that such a community can foster deep spiritual exploration, growth and engagement. For many it marks the beginning of an awesome search for ultimate meaning. This may take form either in fellowship with others, or individually, in prayerful contemplation. It is more than likely to be a little of both. In whatever way this time is embodied, it is part of an extraordinary lifelong journey. Johns Hopkins University Campus Ministries humbly endeavors to be a nurturing source of light along the way as this search unfolds. 

Chaplains and Campus Ministers have a unique role in a campus community. We seek to be both spiritual supporters and active participants in the life of the university. It is not uncommon that one might encounter a chaplain or a campus minister at a religious service. However, it is also just as likely that one might run into us at a lecture, an athletic event or just hanging out on campus. In the midst of the temporal, we aspire to bear witness to the sacred. We are open-minded, open-hearted and thoroughly committed to your religious and spiritual well-being. In times of joy and of sorrow we are dedicated to being a caring, gentle, accessible presence to all students, faculty and staff. We consider ourselves quite blessed to be part of a community of scholars, seekers and believers walking together on a remarkable journey of spiritual awakening and human flourishing.

Meet our Faith Groups!

The symbol "Palm of a Hand" is most popular and widely known as the Jain religion symbol.  The palm of the hand signifies this assurance, 'do not be afraid', indicating that human beings who are suffering due to karmic bondage do not need to be disheartened but have faith and change the course of their actions by treading the path of righteousness.  The Wheel of Dharma (Chakra) with 24 spokes represents the religion preached by the 24 Tirthankars (Jain Gods) consisting of Ahimsa (non-violence) in thought, words and action.  It is the distilled essence of the religion.