Jan 17

Diversity in Belief

Jan 17

Unity in Compassion

Dec 26

Schedule: 2017 SC Interfaith Harmony Month

S.C. Interfaith Harmony Month Launch and Recognition of Gov. Haley by IPSC    Friday, December 30
12:00 Noon    S.C. State House Rotunda, Columbia
Interfaith Partners of South Carolina will announce the launch of S.C. Interfaith Harmony Month (January).  The group will at that time also release a statement recognizing Governor Nikki Haley for proclaiming S.C. Interfaith Harmony Month each year.  All are welcome.

Midlands Interfaith Meetup    Tuesday, January 3
6-8:00 PM  Zorba’s Restaurant, 6169 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia
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.

Healing & Peace Ceremony    Sunday, January 8
3:00 PM    S.C. State House front plaza (north side)
A recognition of the pain we have experienced during violence around the world in 2016 and reflections on both personal and community peace. Interfaith ceremony presented by Temple Osireion.

Women of Many Faiths    Thursday, January 12
6:30 – 8:30 PM    2020 Assembly Street, Columbia
Interfaith women’s discussion group has met monthly for nearly 15 years. Discussion topic for this meeting: How are women’s bodies perceived/used in different faiths?  How are women’s bodies the site of different definitions/meanings in religion? Questions contact anne41450@aol.com or schelen1@icloud.com

Exploring Islam Mosque Open House    Friday, January 13
4:00-5:30 PM     517 Winmet Drive, Columbia
“Exploring Islam” Jointly presented by PICNA and Masjid Noor Ul Huda.  Program includes presentations on Islam, to be followed by Q&A session, fellowship and snacks. Questions contact: 803.210.7355 or chaudhry.Sadiq@yahoo.co

Sikh Religious Society Prayer Services   Sunday, January 15
11:30 AM refreshments, 12:00 Noon prayers begin, 1:30 PM Langar lunch  11419 Broad River Road, Chapin
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. Attendees are asked to observe the following for reverence:
* Head covering (will be provided or you may bring your own) before entering Langar Hall and Prayer Hall.
* Expect to remove your shoes in either the Men’s or Ladies’ Shoe Room in the foyer.
* Ladies sit on the right side in Prayer Hall and men on the left. Benches and chairs will be available for guests who cannot sit on the carpeted floor.
* The projection screens in Prayer Hall have English and Hindi translation of hymns recited by Giani Ji (Priest Kamaljit Singh).
* As you walk up to the elevated stage with Guru Granth, Sikh Holy Scriptures, please show your respect for the Guru (Scriptures on stage).
Questions contact ajitrandhawa123@icloud.com

To Be Announced    Thursday January 19
6:30 PM    Devine Street, Columbia 29205
[Christian prayer service]

Hindu Temple Celebrates Birthday of Swami Vivekenanda    Saturday, January 21
4:00 – 6:00 PM, dinner 6:30 PM   5704 Bush River Rd, Columbia
[To be announced – cultural and spiritual presentations followed by dinner]

Shabbat Open Service    Friday, January 27
evening, Columbia
[To be announced]

2017 A Year of Interfaith Understanding Launch    Sunday, January 29
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM    2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston
In this time of religious bigotry, Unity will give its pulpit to a religion every month in the hopes of fostering more knowledge and understanding in the faith community. January 29, 2017 will feature Simran Singh who will teach us about Universalism (though not Unitarian Universalism, that was last summer!). Also to come in future months are Native American spirituality and The Orthodox Churches. Questions contact unitycharleston@msn.com or 843-566-0600.

Orangeburg Hindu Temple Service    Sunday, January 29
5:00 – 7:00 PM   1035 Five Chop Road, Orangeburg
Prayers, singing of bhajans, chanting of mantra together and talk by temple priest (pravachan) on topics from the Gita or Ramayana. Questions contact ksingh@claflin.edu or (803)535-5899.

Louis Venters Speaks About Baha’i Faith    Sunday, February 5
2:30 PM    Florence Library
Educational program presented by Interfaith Partners of Florence. Questions contact annrey48@yahoo.com.

Jun 18

To the Members of Emanuel AME and the People of Charleston

June 18, 2015

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.

The Rev. Roy M. Mitchell
Interfaith Partners of S.C.

Dec 29

Governor Calls For Appreciation of Different Palmetto State Cultures, Faiths and Beliefs

Interfaith Harmony Month 2015-w gold seal-smallerS.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.

Jul 06

Signing the Charter For Compassion

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

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