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The Voices of Choice Luncheon

Featuring Debra Haffner

"Religion, Spirituality and Sexuality: What's the Connection"
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
11:30 a.m. 
Waldorf Astoria
475 Seagate Drive
Naples, FL 34103
Advanced reservations required
$75 per person of which $40 is a tax deductible contribution to PPCC 
For more information or to purchase tickets please contact Shannon Starr at (239) 262-8923 ext. 300 or by email:

About Debra Haffner:

Haffner is the co-founder and President of the Religious Institute. Founded in 2001, the Religious Institute has emerged as the national leadership organization working at the intersection of sexuality and religion. The organization provides clergy, congregations, and denominational bodies with technical assistance on addressing sexuality and reproductive health, and assists sexual and reproductive health organizations to address religious issues and develop outreach to faith communities.

Prior to founding the Religious Institute, Rev. Haffner was the chief executive officer of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) from 1988 to 2000. During her tenure at SIECUS, she created the Religious Declaration on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing; the National Coalition to Support Sexuality Education; the Commission on Adolescent Sexual Health; and the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education. Prior to joining SIECUS, she served as the director of education for Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington; and special assistant in the U.S. Public Health Service.


She is the author or co-author of six books, including the award-winning “From Diapers to Dating: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Children” which has been translated into 10 languages.


An ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, she is the endorsed community minister with the Unitarian Church in Westport, Conn. Rev. Haffner has a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary, a Master of Public Health degree from Yale University School of Medicine and an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University. In 1996-97, she was a research fellow at the Yale Divinity School. She is currently a visiting professor at Union Theological Seminary and the Pacific School of Religion, and previously taught at Yale Divinity School and Meadville-Lombard Seminary.


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