Dear Class of 2019,
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 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 capacity and direct the Campus Ministries office in facilitating the many religious and spiritual life activities that take place on campus. Campus Ministries’ 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 is housed in a unique campus facility – the Bunting♦Meyerhoff Interfaith and Community Service Center located at 3509 North Charles Street – on the corner at University Parkway. This center serves as the home to nearly 30 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 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 22nd, from 1:30 - 3:30 pm. This will give you a chance to meet returning students, other new students and 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, mediation, community service, study breaks and social events please visit our web site at www.jhu.edu/chaplain. You will also see some of our photos from recent programs and information about up-coming activities. Our programs are open to all JHU students – religious and non-religious alike.
Please 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. As the chaplain, I am available for confidential conversations about any topic and serve as a point of reference for other campus resources. You may email me at
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!