Sep 20

Light of Unity Festival

So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth” ~ Bahá’u’lláh

The Baha’is around the world are celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah on October 21 and 22, 2017. You are warmly invited to join us!

Schedule of events

The Birth of the Báb Celebration
Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Greater Columbia Bahá’í Center
2020 Assembly Street, Columbia

The Light of Unity Celebration
Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 1:00 PM
Irmo Community Park
7473 Church St, Irmo

The Birth of Bahá’u’lláh Celebration
Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Greater Columbia Bahá’í Center
2020 Assembly Street, Columbia

The Bahá’í Faith

In tens of thousands of locations around the world, the teachings of the Bahá’í Faith inspire individuals and communities as they work to improve their own lives and contribute to the advancement of civilization. Bahá’í beliefs address such essential themes as the oneness of God and religion, the oneness of humanity and freedom from prejudice, the inherent nobility of the human being, the progressive revelation of religious truth throughout history, the development of spiritual qualities, the integration of worship and service, the fundamental equality of the sexes, the harmony between religion and science, the centrality of justice to all human endeavors, the importance of education, and the dynamics of the relationships that are to bind together individuals, communities, and institutions as humanity advances towards its collective maturity.

The Báb

In the middle of the 19th century – one of the most turbulent periods in the world’s history – a young merchant named Alí Muhammad announced that He was the bearer of a message destined to transform the life of humanity. At a time when His country, Iran, was undergoing widespread moral breakdown, His message aroused excitement and hope among all classes, rapidly attracting thousands of followers. He took the title “The Báb”, meaning “the Gate” in Arabic.

The Báb announced that humanity stood at the threshold of a new era. His mission, which was to last only six years, was to prepare the way for the coming of a Manifestation of God Who would usher in the age of peace and justice promised in all the world’s religions: Bahá’u’lláh. The Bab was martyred for His teachings in 1850 in Tabriz, Iran.

Bahá’u’lláh

In the middle of the 19th century, God summoned Bahá’u’lláh – meaning the “Glory of God”-to deliver a new Revelation to humanity. For four decades thousands of verses, letters and books flowed from His pen. In His Writings, He outlined a framework for the development of a global civilization based upon teachings which educate and elevate both the spiritual and material dimensions of human life.

“I have never aspired after worldly leadership. My sole purpose hath been to hand down unto men that which I was bidden to deliver by God.” ~Bahá’u’lláh

Bahá’u’lláh suffered 40 years of imprisonment, torture and exile for bringing God’s latest message to humanity. Today, His life and mission are becoming increasingly well-known across the planet. Millions of people are learning to apply His teachings to their individual and collective lives for the betterment of the world.

For more information about the Báb, Bahá’u’lláh, their teachings and history, please visit the Bahá’í web pages: http://www.bahai.org/, www.bwc.org, www.columbiabahai.org

Sep 19

Knowing Our Muslim Neighbor Sep 26 at City Hall

Sep 05

IPSC On The Road in 2018!

During 2018, Interfaith Partners of South Carolina (IPSC) is going on tour around the state in order to foster understanding and cooperation among the religious groups of South Carolina.

Invite IPSC to:

  • Celebrate a religious festival, worship service or community event.
  • Share the work of IPSC with your Sunday school class, Youth group, College Campus group, Seniors group, etc.
  • Host a special program (i.e. an interfaith panel discussion on a particular topic of interest to you).
  • Enjoy an informal fellowship meal.
  • Connect you to local/statewide contacts within the IPSC community network.

IPSC welcomes the opportunity to come and be a part of your religious, civic or educational community during 2018. To schedule a visit in 2018, please contact Dr. Adrian Bird, Vice-Chair, IPSC (birdy1502 @ gmail.com)

Aug 25

Oct 3 Midlands Interfaith Meetup

Tuesday, October 3, 6-8:00 PM

Light and dark are in perfect balance at the autumn equinox on Sep 22, then the days become shorter as we move into the dark of the year. Join old and new friends from many faiths for good food and fellowship.

All are welcome, whatever your religion or non-religion!
We order separately, no required order minimum.

Zorba’s Greek Restaurant, 6169 Saint Andrews Rd, Columbia, 29212

Aug 24

Contemporary Antisemitism-An Enduring Form of Prejudice and Hatred: Tenenbaum Lecture Sep 10

Jul 25

August 6: Hiroshima Remembrance & Celebration of Life

•Hosted by Carolina Peace Resource Center and Columbia Friends Meeting

Hiroshima Remembrance & Celebration of Life

When: Sunday, August 6 • 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Where: Canal Room, EdVenture Children’s Museum
211 Gervais St • Columbia, South Carolina 29201

What: Please come to an Interfaith, family-friendly event to raise awareness of the need for universal peace. This vigil commemorates the 72nd anniversary of the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II and will incorporate music, dance, readings and silent reflection as well as activities for young kids.

This event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome!
For more information, call 803-237-2656.

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