Jun 03

June 12–13 Moving Forward Together Summit

• An Invitation from Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, Inc. •

Moving Forward Together: A National Summit of Schools, Communities, and Law Enforcement

When: June 12–13

Where: Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

What: A multidimensional two-day conference will bring educators, law enforcement members, and other leaders together with the community to foster better relationships between people of color and the institutions that serve us all. Of particular interest to interfaith leaders will be two sessions on Tuesday: a panel at 9 AM entitled “Communities of Faith—Building Bridges for Students and Communities” and a discussion at 11:10 on “Understanding Islam and Muslims”.


For more information and to register, please visit Blue Ribbon Schools’ website.

May 25

June 2, 8, 11, & 20: Four Iftar Dinners

• An Invitation from the Atlantic Institute •

Join the Atlantic Institute for One of Four Iftar Dinners
in Columbia, SC

Friday, June 2, 2017 • 7:30 PM (Dinner at Sundown)
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia
2701 Heyward St, Columbia, SC 29205
Free and open to the public.
More details and RSVP here.

Thursday, June 8, 2017 • 7:30 PM (Dinner at Sundown)
Atlantic Institute, West Columbia
909 Shull Street, West Columbia, SC 29169
(parking off 9th Street)
Free and open to the public.
More details and RSVP here.

Sunday, June 11, 2017 • 7:30 PM (Dinner at 8:30 PM)
Columbia Museum of Art
1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201
Discussion is free; dinner for a small fee.
More details and tickets here

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 • 7:30 PM (Dinner at Sundown)
Atlantic Institute, West Columbia
909 Shull Street, West Columbia, SC 29169
(parking off 9th Street)
Free and open to the public.
More details and RSVP here.

From the Atlantic Institute:

“We invite you to join us for a fast-breaking dinner. Ramadan starts on May 25, 2017 and during the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast by abstaining from consuming water and food while the sun is out. Iftar—or fast breaking—dinners take place each night once the sun sets. This is an important time not only for those who participate in Ramadan because of their faith but also an important time to share this tradition with friends from different backgrounds over delicious food and through lively conversation. It is truly a special time when people of all backgrounds come together and share in the Iftar experience, learning about different cultures and faiths in the process. We have 4 different events that you can choose from. Please RSVP with the link that your are interested in attending. We look forward to seeing you.”

May 21

June 1: Mother Emanuel Nine Remembrance Day

• An Invitation from the SC Human Affairs Commission •

Mother Emanuel Nine Remembrance Day

When: Thursday, June 1 • 11:00am

Where: Chappelle Auditorium, Allen University
1530 Harden St. • Columbia, SC 29204

What: A sacred opportunity to publicly reflect on the June 17 tragedy and recommit to racial and economic equality.

“The SC Human Affairs Commission will host the “Mother Emanuel Nine Remembrance Day” each year on June 1st in Columbia to reflect on the progress made in improving race relations and economic equality for minorities.

Allen University, an institution affiliated with the AME church, lost three alumni (Reverend Clementa Pinckney, Reverend Daniel Simmons, and Tywanza Sanders) from this massacre and will share brief supplications. The Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary also bereaved by the loss of two of their esteemed alumni (Reverend Pinckney and Reverend Simmons) will offer prayers for peace.

As the State reminisces on the tragedy that took place in Charleston, we find the task of eradicating racism challenging, but must remain undeterred. We hope that you will join us and return to your community with a renewed sense of why we should all be working to improve race relations and ensure economic opportunity for all South Carolinians.”

All are welcome.

Apr 16

May 2: Midlands Interfaith Meetup Hosts Rinpoche

Sponsored by the SC Dharma Group, Tibetan Buddhist Monk Lama Ahbay RinpocheLama Ahbay Rinpoche has been recognized by the Dalai Lama as a reincarnation of the hermit monk Lama Lobsang Tenzin, and has taught widely in Europe and the United States. He studied for many years in an Indian monastery, was ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and teaches across the United States and Europe, as well as South Asia and other places.

May 2, 2017 · 6–8pm
Zorba’s Greek Restaurant
6169 St Andrews Rd · Columbia, SC

Sponsored by the South Carolina Dharma Group, Midlands Interfaith Meetup is proud to present the Rinpoche at our May 2 meetup.

Want to meet people from lots of different faiths and talk about the things that matter most to you? Join us on the First Tuesday of each month, 6:00-8:00 PM at Zorba’s Restaurant, 6169 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia, for casual dining and discussion with friends of all and no religions. Food is Dutch treat but you don’t need to order to attend and participate.

Apr 14

May 2: Standing Together: Becoming Other-Wise

• An event from our friends at Justice for All – South Carolina •

Standing Together: Becoming Other-Wise

When: Tuesday, May 2
6:30pm– 8:30pm

Where: Beth Shalom Synagogue
5827 N. Trenholm Rd • Columbia, SC

What: An opportunity to build relationships and explore what being considered “other” in a society of “us” and “them” really means. We will also discuss practical ways to respond to this experience.

Because our program will include a presentation and an opportunity to connect our own stories with the stories of others. This format will allow us to explore not only what we know and experience, but connect with the experiences of others!

Justice for All – South Carolina is a grassroots movement begun by faith leaders to stand for the dignity of all persons in South Carolina. We are from many religions, all walks of life, and enjoy a diversity of political beliefs.

Don’t be silent, find your voice and join us on May 2!

Let us know you’re planning to join us (The link is case sensitive!)

Contact justice4all.sc@gmail.com with any questions.

Standing Together for Justice —SC logo with the tagline, "Justice for all!"

Apr 10

April 2: Understanding Islam and Muslims- in Florence


2:30–5:00 PM · 509 S Dargan St, Florence, SC 29506
The Interfaith Partners of South Carolina, Florence Branch invites you to an educational program by Mr. Chaudhry Sadiq  at the Florence County Library. Please come and join the conversation. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

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