Spirituality Discussion Friday, January 8
7:00 – 8:30 PM 334 Clayton Mem. Church Rd., Newberry
Join us in our new church Fellowship Hall at Clayton Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church for relaxed discussion with friends.
Introduction to Nichiren Buddhism Wednesday, January 13
7:00 PM 228 O’Neil Court, Columbia, SC 29223
SGI-USA hosts an Introduction to Nichiren Buddhism at the S.C. Buddhist Center, Questions contact email@example.com or 803.240-2037.
Midlands Interfaith Meet-Up Wednesday, January 13
6:00 – 8:00 PM Zorba’s Restaurant, 6169 St. Andrews Road, ColumbiaCome prepared to visit with friends, and chat about what’s on your heart. All are welcome to this monthly event, no RSVP needed, bring a friend! Dutch Treat Dinner (you may order on your own, but no order is required) followed by discussion. Topic for January: What to do when our beliefs clash? Questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
5th Annual Interfaith Celebration at Hindu Temple Wednesday, January 13
6:00 – 8:00 PM 1740 Jervey Street, Charleston
You, your family and friends are invited to a special interfaith friendship and harmony event organized by the Hindu Temple and Cultural Center. Presentations from different faiths on the topic, “Personal Growth For Social Tolerance.” Questions contact 843-875-9753 or email@example.com.
Women of Many Faiths Thursday, January 14
6:30-8:30 PM 2020 Assembly Street, Columbia 29201
Fellowship and enjoy refreshments together until 7:00 when our discussion will begin. Discussion Topic: What defines “worship” in your services and gatherings? What is the purpose of your gathering? What do people get out of it? What is your expectation, what do you hope will happen? If you wish, bring food to share. Baha’i Center at 2020 Assembly Street, Columbia 29201. Questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
National Congress of American Indians (online) Thursday, January 14th
10:30 AM Livestream Online
National Congress of American Indians President Brian Cladoosby will give the State of Indian Nations address at Knight Studios, Newseum, Washington DC. RSVP required, http://tinyurl.com/jlpqsnn. Space is limited; a confirmation email will be sent to those requests we can accommodate. This event will also be broadcast live through Livestream.com. All are invited to attend (via internet).
3rd Annual Teen Interfaith Service Weekend Saturday January 16
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM 2701 Heyward Street, Columbia 29205
A day of service to the community, lock-in, and building interfaith relationships. High school youth at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia invite other youth to join them as volunteers at Columbia’s Family Shelter. Dinner and lock-in at the UU church follow the day of service. Also included is a unique youth service followed by a Q&A session with a youth representative from each faith tradition present. Fun games and activities will last through the evening. Price for meals and t-shirt is $25. All 9th – 12th grade youth are welcome to participate. Questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baha’i’ Devotional Service Sunday, January 17
11:00 AM 2020 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Devotional followed by an brief presentation and discussion regarding the teachings of the Baha’i, questions welcome. Light refreshments. Presented by the Baha’i’s of Greater Columbia. Questions contact email@example.com
Sikh Temple Open Worship & Langar Lunch Sunday, January 17
11:30 – 1:00 11419 Broad River Road, Chapin, 29036
A special temple service with music and translations into English for first-time guests, followed by a traditional Sikh free langar lunch. Head coverings are provided and all are welcome.
I Shall Not Be Silent Monday, January 18
6:30 – 8:00 PM 5827 Trenholm Road, Columbia 29229
Join Beth Shalom Synagogue for this MLK Weekend special screening of the award-winning documentary about a rabbi who would not be silenced. From synagogues in 1930s Berlin to the 1963 March on Washington, with Andre Braugher narrating excerpts of Rabbi Joachim Prinz’s writings. Refreshments afterwards. Questions and RSVP for planning purposes to 803-782-2500.
Facing Fear in our Houses of Worship Tuesday, January 19
7:30 – 9:00 PM 228 O’Neil Court, Columbia, SC 29223
A panel of law enforcement experts from Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and our own Sheriff Leon Lott of Richland County Sheriff’s Department, talk to us about how to constructively face our fears in the wake of tragedies such as the shooting at Emanuel AME in Charleston. Short presentations by each panelist, discussion questions and interaction with guests. is SC SGI-USA Buddhist Community Center, 228 O’Neil Court, Columbia, SC 29223 (beside DMV). Questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Native American Winter Story Telling (2) Series Wednesday, January 20th
1:00 – 2:30 PM Online webinar
Join us for a Native American Indian Spirituality event, sponsored by The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Inc, (NIWRC) and promoted by ECSIUT- Cherokees of SC. Cost: Free. http://www.niwrc.org/content/event/winter-story-telling-1-3
Stories of the Prophets from the Holy Qur’an Friday, January 22
4:00 – 6:00 PM 517 Winmet Drive, Columbia, SC 29203
Stories of the Prophets, exhibits and refreshments at the Masjid Noor Ul Huda. Modest attire suggested, note that it is customary for shoes to be removed just inside door and women are invited to wear a head covering. Questions contact email@example.com.
Musical Shabbat Worship Friday, January 22
Tree of Life 120th Anniversary Concert Saturday, January 23
7:30 PM start for both 6719 N. Trenholm Rd. Columbia, SC
All are invited to join Tree of Life Congregation for events celebrating 120 years serving the Jewish community of the Midlands. Events also include a Saturday lunchtime music workshop and a Sunday Tu Be Shevat Lunch. Suggested donation for concert $10 or $36 for a family. Made possible by Sid Krauss Memorial Fund and the Columbia Jewish Federation. Questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jubilee! Circle Service Sunday, January 24
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM 2730 Millwood Avenue, Columbia
Join Jubilee! Circle in a unique celebration of the Holy using contemporary secular music and a blend of religious traditions that honors and welcomes Christianity, Paganism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and more.
Concert of Sacred Jewish Music Thursday, January 28
7:30 p.m. Trinity Cathedral,100 Sumter St.,Columbia
Colla Voce, Columbia’s professional chorus directed by Larry Wyatt, will present a Concert of Sacred Jewish Music Thursday, January 28, at Trinity Cathedral, 1100 Sumter St., Columbia. The concert will feature the US premiere (and first performance outside of Israel) of David and Goliath by acclaimed Israeli composer Aharon Harlap, and the first performance of a new arrangement of Shacharit, Meira Warshauer’s interpretation of the Jewish service, newly scored for organ, harp, and percussion, along with its original vocal forces. The program also includes Warshauer’s Akhat Sha’alti (One thing I ask), for chorus and percussion. Tickets are $20 adults ($15 in advance) and $5 students. Available from the Katie and Irwin Kahn JCC 803-787-2023 and USC Choral Office 803-777-5369 email@example.com, or online here.
Opening Ceremony of a Season for Non-Violence Saturday, January 30
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM 1801 Legrand Rd, Columbia, SC 29223
The 19th annual Season for Non-Violence begins January 30 and runs for 64 days until April 4th, marking the deaths of Mahatma Gandhi and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and in honor of their work. Hosted by Unity of Columbia, speakers from different faiths in our community, followed by Dances of Universal Peace and a light lunch. Questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016: The Year For Interfaith Monthly starting Sunday, January 31
9:30 and 11:15 AM 2535 Leeds Ave., Charleston, SC, 29405
In light of the turmoil around mass shootings, religious bigotry, and people’s use of belief and religion as divisive tools, Unity of Charleston announces “2016: A Year of Interfaith Understanding”. One Sunday per month for the entire year, we will give our pulpit to a speaker from another faith tradition to learn of their tradition’s basic practices and teachings. First speaker is on the Sikh faith, February 28- Islam, Dr. Shahid Husain, President of the Central Mosque of Charleston; March 20: Buddhism, Geshela Topgyal, spiritual leader of the Charleston Tibetan Society. More dates and speakers to be announced. You are invited to come to Charleston for any of these Sundays to hear these speakers. Service times are 9:30 and 11:15. Unity is located at 2535 Leeds Ave., Charleston, SC, 29405. Questions 843-566-0600.
Unitarian Universalist Service Sunday, January 31
11:00 AM 334 Clayton Mem. Church Rd., Newberry
This event will be in 2 parts. First part is a short service (around 30 minutes) with sharing on the meaning, history, and symbolism of the elements of a UU service. The second part is gathering in the Fellowship Hall to continue discussion of Unitarian Universalism and the Seven Principles with light refreshments.
University of S.C. Methodist Student Network Sunday, January 31
5:00-8:00 PM 728 Pickens (between Greene & Blossom)
Join us to hear students talk about their ministry, for worship and for a meal, at Wesley Foundation near campus. Questions contact Carl Evans, 803-315-5481. Parking info call 803-799-7363. More about the Methodist Student Network here: http://msnatusc.com/v2/.
Dances of Universal Peace Friday, February 5
7:00 – 9:00 PM RSVP for address near Beltline/Forest Drive, Columbia
Dances of Universal connect us to the universe by positive inspiration from numerous spiritual traditions. Hafiz put it this way, “I bow to the Friend in deep reverence and discover a marvelous secret carried in the air: this whole Universe is just as blessed and divinely crazed as I, and just as lost in this Wonderful Holy Dance.” Leader keeps us from getting too lost by teaching and leading us in chants and dances. Each dance is a practice that enhances our resonance with the Divine in ourselves and in others. We will also share some prayers and blessings. After dancing, we socialize over refreshments. Small donations accepted. Questions contact email@example.com, 803-743-0731. Not familiar with DUP? See some at the recent Parliament of the World’s Religions: Also see more information about DUP.
Interfaith Prayer Day Sunday, February 7
2:00 – 5:30 PM Florence County Library, Dargan Street, Florence
IPSC Florence Branch invites all to join an Interfaith Prayer Day, with a theme of World Harmony and Peace, the second annual program sharing readings and prayers from our diverse faith communities yearning for understanding and respect. Please come and join in the yearning. Light refreshments. More info contact 843-622-8568.
Lights of Nut Ceremony Sunday, February 7
7:00 – 8:00 PM RSVP for private address
Each of us makes our own journey through the night, seeking the light of understanding. While we must make a solitary journey, we are not alone. The deep blue body of Nut, the sky mother, embraces and receives us all, and gives rebirth to us with the dawn. Members and friends of Osireion will hold a short ceremony called Lights of Nut (pronounced “noot”). Because Lights of Nut will be held in a private home, attendance is by RSVP only. You are welcome to bring a guest, however. The service will last about twenty minutes, followed by refreshments. You need not be familiar with New Egyptian Spirituality, Paganism or Osireion in order to attend, and no particular attire is required. Just come and enjoy the communion of Spirit and friends.