About

WorldCitizenChildrenWelcome to Interfaith Partners of South Carolina!

The state of South Carolina has a centuries-old history of vibrant religious pluralism. The descendants of our indigenous tribes still maintain their unique spirituality. From the earliest days of European colonization, dozens of faiths entered the port of Charleston or traveled south by land, from Muslims to Anabaptists, Jews to Huguenots.  And today we are home to hundreds of religious traditions, large and small. Our economic and social fabric are comprised of business executives, students and faculty at our universities, medical professionals and others who are often new South Carolinians bringing with them the faith traditions of countries around the world. South Carolina interfaith leaders have long realized the importance of bringing together people of divergent religious cultures. Interfaith Partners of South Carolina is a statewide organization.  We invite you to join us for events throughout the year, including discussion groups, festivals, services, films and classes.

Leadership

Board of Directors Zohra Arastu, Muslim Faith Representative Zulfikar Berk, At-Large Adrian Bird, Vice-Chair Bill Collins, At-Large Carl Evans, Past President Rebecca Drennan, At-Large Holli Emore, Pagan Faith Representative, Public Information Officer Will Moreau Goins, Chair, Native American Spirituality Faith Representative Libby Hendley, Treasurer, Buddhist Faith Representative Katherine Kawamoto, At-Large Mary Kennerly, At-Large Peggy Konkel, At-Large …

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Mission

The mission of Interfaith Partners of South Carolina is to foster understanding and cooperation among the religious groups of our community, our state, and our world. Our vision is that all religious groups within the state will interact harmoniously so that: All people are treated with dignity and respect The religious freedom of all groups …

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SC’s Diverse Religious History

As one of the original thirteen colonies, South Carolina has long included an array of religious diversity belying its reputation for rigid conservatism. Historian Walter Edgar notes that South Carolina’s cultural heritage is very different from the other English colonies, being largely influenced in the 1630s by England’s richest colony at the time, Barbados. Promotion …

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