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Ramadan & the Spirit of Prayer and Kindness

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 in Community Events, General, Photo Gallery

Ramadan & the Spirit of Prayer and Kindness

Another year successfully done with our partners at the Turkish Cultural Center. Food, friendship, and acts of charity were shared as we ate together, shared together, and learned together about the spirit of the Holy Month of Ramadan. With today’s Eid al-Fitr , the festival of breaking of the fast, we reflect upon the last 30 days. Eid al-Fitr is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). The religious Eid is a single day during which Muslims are not permitted to fast. The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. We were so fortunate to have shared an iftar dinner last month, learning about the spiritual importance of kindness, community service, and prayer. These simple things become so much more when we mindfully put ourselves into the work of our own personal spirituality. With all of the horrific happenings that have happened over the last month, we remember even more the need for these sacraments of grace. Blessed Eid Mubarak to all our Muslim friends, brothers, and sisters! Yes, it has been a hard Ramadan this year filled with much sadness. Orlando, Ataturk, and now the holy city of Medina have all been attacked by violence. However, peace remains in our hearts for one another, love remains in our hearts for one another, friendship remains in our hearts for one another. Moving us all closer than ever: the true meaning of Islam. Salaam alaikum dear ones....

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From Then to Now: The Interfaith Center’s 50th Year Anniversary!

Posted on May 18, 2016 in General

The first Chapel House was located in the Barnes Lodge which was built in 1910. It was destroyed by fire in 1985. The Albany Collegiate Interfaith Center (ACIC), for many years known as Chapel House and currently known as The Interfaith Center, was founded in 1965 and incorporated on December 15, 1966, by the Capital Area Council of Churches, Inc., the Jewish Community Council (currently the United Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York) and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York, as a religious center forstudy, prayer, and the promotion of interfaith understanding and cooperation within the University at Albany community. Significant stories behind The Interfaith Center have enriched its history and strengthened interfaith relationships. In 1985, a Protestant (Lutheran) Chaplain rescued the Jewish Torah from the smoldering ruins of the first Chapel House, the old Barnes Lodge on Waverly Place; the Catholic Community donated a silver pointer to the Jewish Community; the Jewish Community donated a candle stand to the Christian Community; Catholic students gathered tools for the creation of a Jewish sukkah. Over the years, The Interfaith Center has evolved into a much-loved center, bringing together young adults from different faith traditions and diverse religious backgrounds and practices to participate in learning, expression, and friendship. Please join us as we celebrate 50 years serving the diverse spiritual needs of the University at Albany community and the Capital Region. WHEN: Saturday October 8th, 2016.  7pm-9pm WHERE: The Interfaith Center at UAlbany: 1400 Washington Ave. Albany across from Sefcu Arena on E. University...

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Interfaith Ramadan Dinner – June 16th @ 8:30pm

Posted on May 18, 2016 in General

Last year the Turkish Cultural Center Albany in collaboration with the Interfaith Center, organized an Interfaith Program and Dinner where speakers from 5 different faiths talked about their religious stance on helping others in need. Nonperishable canned food items were collected and donated to a local homeless shelter. The dinner was very well attended. About a hundred guests enjoyed delicious Turkish food prepared and sponsored by Alaturco Mediterranean Grill in Ballston SPA. This year, we will be doing it again, but with less speakers and more food! DATE: Thursday June 16th at 8:30pm. LOCATION: The Interfaith Center at UAlbany, 1400 Washington Ave. Albany, NY 12222, across from the Sefcu Arena on E. University Drive. Please contact Donna Crisafulli and/or Veysel Ucan for more...

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Islam Awareness Week 4/4/16 – 4/8/16

Posted on Mar 29, 2016 in General

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Refugee Visibility Day: MONDAY, Feb. 29th 930a-5p

Posted on Feb 25, 2016 in Community Events

In partnership with UAlbany Peace Action, the UAlbany Interfaith Coalition will be tabling with other student organizations all day in the LC Concourse on Monday, February 29, 2016 for Refugee Visibility Day: an advocacy event as part of our ongoing “#RiseWithRefugees” campaign! RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/957197037704480/ We aim to steer the focus on the current refugee “crisis” in Europe away from statistics and political debates, and instead toward refugees as individuals. Joined by numerous other organizations, our goal is to collectively celebrate the humanity of refugees, as well as spread awareness about the challenges they face. There will be a gallery of photos that capture the struggles of refugees, but also capture their human spirit. Our tables will have plenty of activities and resources, including background information, displays of different perspectives on the issue, a “Truth or Myth” game, petition signing, donation boxes, videos, and a place to write messages of hope for refugees. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join us in advocating for refugees across the world! Stand with UAlbany Peace Action and our collaborating orgs as we #RiseWithRefugees...

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