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RELIGION 101: PAGANISM – DRUIDRY & HEDGEWITCHERY Nov. 9 from 7-9pm

Posted on Nov 2, 2016 in General

Religion 101-Paganism & Hedgwitchery Nov. 9, 2016 7-9pm The Interfaith Center Steward Jeremiah Lennox & Liz Murray of the Assembly of Capital Region Pagans will provide an introduction to Paganism and Hedgewitchery. Liz Murray/Lady Artemis is a Pagan practitioner following the hedgewitch path like that of her European ancestors. Honored to have a family lineage rich with strong women who were early Quaker settlers from Essex England that served as nurses and midwives to the underserved at the Westbury Friends Home, Long Island New York. Over the years Liz has been midwife and nurse in the tradition of the Wise Woman, also serving the needs of the community where she lived and raised her children on a family farmstead. Currently she is an active volunteer with the Assembly of Capital District Pagans and was Crone Honoree at last years annual Harvest Moot, Troy New York. A prolific artist drawing inspiration from her practice to canvas and photography. Much of her work is raffled for various pagan charities and on display at Art for the Cure diabetes cure annual fund raiser, Albany Endocrinology Assoc.. She shares the rich folklore of her craft in workshops that are hands on creations of the ancient art of witches ladders and amulets thereby passing on the magic of Old. The program is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.  For more information contact Donna at...

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WRITING WITH SPIRIT WORKSHOP w/ Diane Cameron Nov. 2 from 6-8pm

Posted on Nov 2, 2016 in General

This is a writing workshop for everyone: new writers, scared writers, genre-changing writers, and secret (I-have-never-told-anyone) writers. The focus will be on spirituality and inspiration: what lifts us, what holds us, and what helps us in our daily life and in our writing. We will learn, laugh, be inspired and we will write! Diane Cameron’s work appears in the Times Union and other newspapers across the US. She has received many awards for her fiction and nonfiction work. She is the author of two blogs: “Love in the Time of Cancer”-for couples facing cancer, and “Out of the Woods” for people in twelve-step recovery. Registration is required. Call or email Donna at dcrisafulli@albany.edu; 518-489-8573 X 21...

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Red Cross Blood Drive Sponsored by Muslims for Life and Interfaith Center

Posted on Sep 9, 2016 in General

WE NEED YOU! PLEASE DONATE...

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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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Join Us for an Interfaith Ramadan Dinner June 16, 2016

Posted on May 24, 2016 in General

The Interfaith Center and Turkish Cultural Center Albany invite you to join us for an Interfaith Ramadan Dinner. Date: Thursday, June 16, 2016 Time: 7:30 PM Venue: The Interfaith Center –University Dr. West (across from the SEFCU Arena) University at Albany * Ramadan is the Islamic month of fasting, developing self-control and kindness, a time of comprehensive thanksgiving and charity. It’s a time of training oneself to become a better person spiritually and improving relationships with family, friends and neighbors. Program 7:30 pm: Information Session 8:30pm: Dinner at Sunset Note: Dinner is FREE, People of ALL FAITHS/SPIRITUAL TRADITIONS are welcome to attend and bring non-perishable – canned food to be donated to the local refugee families. RSVP: dcrisafulli@albany.edu by June 15,...

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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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