COLUMBIA—Interfaith Partners of S.C. offers our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of individuals who lost their lives in the senseless act of violence last night at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C..
We pray for the members of Mother Emanuel AME and the entire Charleston community as they grieve and deal with such a devastating tragedy.
Interfaith Partners of S.C. condemns any and every act of violence within a house of worship, or acts of violence motivated by fear, hatred, ignorance, religious intolerance, racism, or prejudice.
As people of many faiths who are widely-diverse not only spiritually, but also ethnically, socioeconomically and culturally, we stand in solidarity today with Emanuel AME and its members and community and pray for peace with justice.
S.C. Governor Nikki R. Haley has issued a formal proclamation naming January 2015 “South Carolina Interfaith Harmony Month.” She will make the announcement at a January 7, 2015, meeting with leadership of the Interfaith Partners of S.C. organization.
The proclamation notes that “throughout the history of our state and nation, we have welcomed people with diverse backgrounds and beliefs, many of whom were seeking relief from religious persecution, giving them the freedom to practice their faith without fear.” It closes with a call for all South Carolinians to “work together to foster compassion and appreciation for the different faiths, beliefs and cultures found in the Palmetto State.”
During South Carolina Interfaith Harmony Month, Interfaith Partners presents a calendar of special religious services and events to which the public is invited. Many of the events are an opportunity for people to learn about and experience communities of faith with which they may be unfamiliar. Click here for listing.
“The reality of living in a multifaith society is all around us and is historically part of being an American,” said the Rev. Roy Mitchell, chaplain at Columbia College and current president of Interfaith Partners of S.C. “We live, work, and attend school together. When we get to know the “other” fear is diminished and we find that our own faith is strengthened and grows deeper.”
The mission of Interfaith Partners of South Carolina is to foster understanding and cooperation among the religious groups of the state through education, dialogue and collaborative projects, in order to assure that: all people are treated with dignity and respect; the religious freedom of all groups is protected; each religious group’s practices and teachings are given respectful consideration; and interfaith discussions will become conversation models that others will want to emulate.
On July 1, 2013, IPSC voted to sign the Charter for Compassion. We have adopted a theme of compassion for our events in the coming year. Visit here to learn about activities as they are added to the calendar. What is the Charter for Compassion? The best idea humanity has ever had …
The Charter for Compassion is a document that transcends religious, ideological, and national differences. Supported by leading thinkers from many traditions, the Charter activates the Golden Rule around the world.
The Charter for Compassion is a cooperative effort to restore not only compassionate thinking but, more importantly, compassionate action to the center of religious, moral and political life. Compassion is the principled determination to put ourselves in the shoes of the other, and lies at the heart of all religious and ethical systems. “Compassion is not an option. It’s the key to our survival.” -Karen Armstrong
A celebration of South Carolina’s many faiths featuring a festive procession, music, ethnic food, dance, song, drumming, small group discussion pavilions and a stroll through the interfaith neighborhood. Bring your family and friends to this colorful temporary village made up of our many faith traditions, the culmination of S.C. Interfaith Harmony Month in January and World Interfaith Harmony Week in early February. The interfaith neighborhood includes Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Islam, Native American, Pagan, Sikh, Unitarian Universalist booths.
1:00 – 5:00 PM on Sunday, February 17, 2013, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, SC. Admission Free. More details
This program is sponsored by:
The Humanities Council SC A state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage.