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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.

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