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Religious & Spiritual Life (RSL) Day 2012, "Radical Love: Taking Back Valentine's Day" Wednesday, February 8, 2012

RSL Day 2012, "Radical Love: Taking Back Valentine's Day"

Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Time: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Location: Various Locations on Campus

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (RSL) will host their annual inter-religious RSL Day celebration on the theme of “Radical Love: Taking Back Valentine’s Day.”

The day begins with student tabling in the North Atrium of the Campus Center. Activities include the reimagining of traditional Valentine’s greetings, music, popcorn, balloons and suggestions for resolutions on the theme of radical love.

The day continues in the Rose Parlor, with a talk on love, sex, sexuality, and religion at Vassar with Pastor James Tolton of the Rehoboth Christ Conscious Church in Harlem, NY, at 3:30pm.

An inter-religious celebration will begin at 5:30 in the Aula and feature Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, the renowned composer and long-time member of the African-American a cappella group “Sweet Honey in the Rock®,” who will lead attendees in one of her signature “Community Sings.” Other participants in the celebration include members of the student-led RSL campus groups; “Vassar Has Soul,” a student-led choir at the college; Dance Department professor Katherine Wildberger and her student Cheng Peng ’12; Rabbi Rena Blumenthal, Assistant Director of the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life at Vassar College and the Rachlin Advisor to Jewish Students; Imam Qari Muhammad Asil Khan from Masjid al-Noor in Wappingers Falls, NY; the Venerable Khenpo Kalsang Gyaltsen from the Tibetan temple Tsechen Kunchab Ling in Walden, NY; and the Rev. Samuel Speers, Assistant Dean for Campus Life and Director of the Religious & Spiritual Life Office at Vassar College.

The day concludes in the Villard Room at 7:30pm with a South Asian feast from Cinnamon Indian Restaurant in Rhinebeck, NY.

This event is hosted by The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. 

This year's RSL Day program is part of Vassar College's participation in the "President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge: Advancing Interfaith Cooperation and Community Service in Higher Education," a national initiative led by the White House and supported by the Department of Education and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

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