Donna Freitas Ph.D. to speak on “Sex and the Soul”

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Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015


Campus Center Ballroom

University at Albany

Free and Open to the Public

Donna Freitas, Ph.D., will discuss the findings of her research about students’ attitudes regarding hookup culture, sex, romance, and dating on college campuses today, and how a pervasive interest in spirituality fits into this mix. She will talk about the powerful–though often private–yearnings among men and women to find love during college despite the dominance of hookup culture, and the particular ways the religious/spiritual tradition can respond to this yearning, as well as the desire for something other than hooking up during the college experience.

Dr. Donna Freitas has written many books, both nonfiction and fiction. She is the author ofSex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance and Religion on America’s College Campuses, published by Oxford University Press in 2008. Her follow up title, The End of Sex, came out from Basic Books this past April. Freitas has written for national newspapers and magazines, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Newsweek, and she has appeared on NPR, The Today Show, and other news media outlets discussing her work for Sex and the Soul as well as other research topics. Freitas has been a professor at Boston University in the Department of Religion and also at Hofstra University in their Honors College. She is currently a non-resident Research Associate at the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame. She lives in Brooklyn.


Sponsored by the University at Albany Interfaith Center


Interfaith Prayer Service for Peace Tues. Jan. 13th at 7pm

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ALBANY – An Interfaith Prayer Service for Peace will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 13 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany.

Participants include representatives of the Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim faith traditions.

The event will include readings from the sacred texts of each tradition, as well as prayers for peace. Bishop Edward Scharfenberger will deliver the remarks.

The event is free and open to the public. The Cathedral is located at the corner of Eagle Street and Madison Avenue in Albany.

For more information, contact the Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany at 453-6660.

Vigil for Victims in Peshawar Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014- 5pm

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Please join us this afternoon at 5pm to honor the young victims of Peshawar.

14th Annual Unity Dinner Tonight Dec. 3, 2014 from 5-8pm

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Campus Center Ballroom


Join us for a delicious dinner and wonderful stories!

Religion 101-Greek Orthodox Church Nov. 19, 2014

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Religion 101 Greek Orthodox Church  Flyer20141114_10294954Fr. Theodore Roupas will be joining us to talk about the Greek Orthodox Church. Please join us at the Interfaith Center from 7-8:30pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Unite for Peace Candlelight Program Nov. 19, 2014

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The Interfaith Center with sudent groups UA Interfaith Coalition and YesPlus is planning a candlelight event on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 from 5-6pm in front of the University at Albany Campus Center by the  small fountain.

There will be guest speakers from several different spiritual traditions and Peace Organizations sharing words/readings/blessings for peace.

Please plan to dress warm and join us!

The Albany Peace Project-Please Read

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in General | 0 comments

The Albany Peace Project is a 10 year research project designed to determine if an organized group of trained meditators creating a “coherent state” in their bodies and then focusing peaceful intention outwardly can measurably reduce local violence.  Our hypothesis is that focused peaceful intention has real world impact, and dozens of prior research studies suggest it as well.  We are gathering evidence to determine if this approach can positively impact Albany, NY by gathering individuals who either already practice meditation or would be willing to receive free training via the internet to learn specific meditative skills designed to bring the nervous system into a state known as “coherence”  which facilitates personal well-being, clarity, excellent decision making and optimal performance.  We all have access to this coherent space within ourselves, we just need to learn the reliable skills that enables it to emerge.  The Albany Peace Project will offer you the specific skills to obtain coherence…for FREE!

Not only does learning how to be coherent dramatically enhance the lives of individuals, it has remarkable applications for the workplace.  A good referral for us is any business or organization that is interested in offering their employees or members a highly cost effective program to lower stress and conflict while dramatically enhancing the quality of their lives.  Prior research suggests the more people who participate, the greater measurable impact. Please help us in supporting this historic effort while significantly enhancing your own life.  Please forward to anyone you think may be interested.  We need your help!

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When you sign up for the Albany Peace Project, you will have access to a free webinar offered Sunday, November 30 at 4:30 PM with Director of Research, Rollin McCraty, “The Science of Interconnectedness” which will discuss how science is documenting that we are all connected, and how we can use that connection to facilitate peace in this world through efforts such as the Albany Peace Project.