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Posted: Thursday Feb 2, 2012

February 3, 2012

Saint Vincent College School of Social Sciences, Communication, and Education will present Dr. Jason King, associate professor and chair of the Theology Department at Saint Vincent College, as the first speaker in the fourth edition of its lecture series on Aging and Spirituality at 3 p.m. Wednesday, February 15, at the Fred M. Rogers Center. His presentation is entitled, “Intimacy and Aging.” Admission is free and open to the public.

“Intimate and romantic relationships are essential for the well being of most people,” Dr. King said. “Yet, in our society, we look suspiciously upon older people who are interested in these types of relationships, assuming they should be well past them. Not only is this assumption not true statistically, it is also detrimental. While those who are older typically have different challenges in romantic relationships than those who are younger, this primarily means these relationships should adapt to the differences. Moreover, these adaptations should not be viewed primarily negatively but rather as opportunities to expand one’s practice and understanding of love.”

Dr. King received his Ph.D. in Catholic moral theology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. His research focuses on feelings, decision making, dating, and marriage. His works include “Marriage and the Redemption of the World” in Finding Salvation in Christ (Wipf & Stock, 2010), “A Theology of Dating for a Culture of Abuse” in Leaving and Coming Home: New Wineskins for Catholic Sexual Ethics (Cascade Books, 2010), “Vatican II’s Ecclesiology and the Sexual Abuse Scandal” in Vatican II: Forty Years Later (Orbis, 2005) and (with Donna Freitas) Killing the Imposter God: Philip Pullman’s Spiritual Imagination in His Dark Materials (Jossey-Bass, 2007) and Save the Date: A Spirituality of Dating, Love, Dinner and the Divine (Crossroads, 2003). He is married and has three children.

Upcoming presentations in the series include Richard Schulte, “Getting By with a Little Help from Our Friends,” Monday, March 19; and Msgr. James Gaston, “Spirituality and Grief,” Wednesday, April 11.

Persons of all ages are welcome to attend and share in the discussion and questions.

Parking for the physically challenged is available at the Fred M. Rogers Center. All participants may park in Parking Area A and enter the Rogers Center at the first floor entrance.

Reservations are not required. For additional information, phone 724 805-2522.


Photo: Dr. Jason King 


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