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.

A Short History of Interfaith in S.C.: Interview With Dr. Carl Evans

            And this longer interview includes some remembrances of Dr. Hal French

Leadership

Board of Directors Officers (Executive Committee) Chairperson – Cheryl Nail Vice Chair – Sarah Kurlowich Secretary – Ed Kosak Treasurer – Amarjit Singh Public Information Officer – Holli Emore Past Chair ex officio – Adrian Bird Board Religious Group Representatives: Baha’i Faith –  Carey Murphy Buddhism – Libby Hendley Christianity – Kay Hightower Hinduism – Saji Damodaran Muslim –  Zulfikar Berk Judaism –  Jordan Henry Paganism – Holli Emore …

Mission

The mission of Interfaith Partners of South Carolina is to bring together people of diverse religious, spiritual, and secular paths throughout our state to cultivate a more harmonious community. The vision of IPSC is: To cultivate relationships of friendship, respect, and trust among people of diverse religious and secular paths; To work in solidarity to …

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 …