about that meetup on Tuesday

Image result for mea culpaTo everyone who came out (all 40 or so of us!) for Tuesday’s Midlands Interfaith Meetup – thank you for your graciousness and understanding as we began to realize that the restaurant was clueless about our reservation, and either unable or unwilling to accommodate us.
I want to apologize to everyone who went out of your way to come out and hear our special presenters, Tayyaba Sadiq and Omar Shaheed.
Tayyaba and Omar – we thank you most sincerely for your understanding and willingness to reschedule.
Obviously, we will NOT return to that restaurant under any circumstances, and Ben is hard at work identifying a new location that will suit our needs.
Thanks to the many of you who have made great suggestions, all of which are being followed up. Please bear in mind that the difficulty with most establishments is: a-no separate room; b-required room fee or large deposit; c-unwillingness to allow us to order individually from menu; or some combination of such details. If you know of something, please get in touch with Ben at benmaston32@gmail.com.
Meanwhile, thank you again for being so patient and supportive under trying conditions!

Oct 1 Dinner Meetup – New Location!

In these unsettling days of conflict around the world many of us wonder what Muslims here in the Midlands believe and what they do – what are their worship services like, what are the values that guide their lives, what are their customs, holidays, practices?  Two longtime members of Interfaith Partners will share with us at the Oct 1 meetup about their own Muslim practice. Imam Omar Shaheed of Masjid As-Salaam is the former vice- chair of the IPSC board, and Tayyaba Sadiq, software development professional, mother, and a member of local Muslim community and connected with several area masjids (mosques). This is our opportunity to hear about day-to-day life in Islam, what are the “scary words,” and to ask the questions you really want to ask our presenters. New location: Carolina Ale House- Harbison, 277 Columbiana Dr

Afternoon of Interfaith Friendship & Fun For All Ages

Sep 3 in Columbia: Four faith leaders

Dr. Carl Evans, Rev. Julie Bird, Rev. Jackie Utley and Roger Acton are our special panel for the September 3 Midlands Interfaith Meetup.

Christianity: Four faith leaders discuss myths about their spirituality at the Midlands Interfaith Meetup.

Join friends of any, all and no faiths at Zorba’s Greek Restaurant, 6169 St Andrews Road in Columbia. 6-8 PM. Free and open to the public. Order on your own.

Peace in the Park Returns Sep 29!

Fun festival for all ages! 12:30-4:30 PM
Art, crafts, music, dance, entertainment, nature walks and art contest!
Join with friends from many religious traditions to celebrate peace, harmony, respect and dignity.
Bring your friends and family. Eleven different religions will each have an activity area for crafts and games, the Commons will feature music and dance – both to watch and to do yourself, and end the afternoon with a giant spiral dance. Davis Field at UofSC (743 Greene St, next to the Russell House) Free Admission – All Welcome
Co-presented by Interfaith Partners of S.C. and Interfaith Initiatives at the University of South Carolina
Contact us with questions or to volunteer

Lama Abhay Rinpoche in Columbia Aug 6

The delightful Rinpoche returns to be with us again, courtesy of the S.C. Dharma Group!

Join friends of any, all and no faiths at Zorba’s Greek Restaurant, 6169 St Andrews Road in Columbia. Free and open to the public. Order on your own.

Ahbay Rinpoche (Lama Ahbay Tulku Jigme Thupten Tendar Rinpoche) is a teacher who has been recognized by the Dalai Lama as a reincarnation of Lama Lobsang Tenzin, and has taught widely in Europe and the United States.

In the present time:  Lama Ahbay Tulku Jigme Thupten Tendar Rinpoche
Born in Darjeeling, India, he became a monk at the age of six. When he was twelve, His Holiness the Dalai Lama identified him as the reincarnation of the hermit Lama Lobsang Tenzin. One year later he was enthroned as Tulku (reincarnation) in Gaden Jangtse Monastery. He was ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He continues with the work of founding a monastery and teaching all over the world, especially in India, Vietnam, England, and the US.

In a past life: Lama Lobsang Tenzin (former reincarnation of Lama Ahbay Rinpoche)
The former reincarnation of Lama Ahbay Tulku Jigme Thupten Tendar Rinpoche was the hermit Lama Lobsang Tenzin, who became well known and famous for his supernatural powers. By that time animals of the near forest like deer and monkeys would come to him and people from all walks of life continuously received his blessings. After the Chinese invasion, he lived in a room for many years and continued meditating and teaching. Before his death, he predicted his reincarnation.

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