From our Board Chair:
We are delighted that Valarie Kaur, Sikh American author, has committed to celebrating Interfaith Harmony Month with IPSC in January 2021 (either virtually or by video). Please help to cover her fee with a personal and/or group contribution. Click on the right to give electronically, or mail a check to: Interfaith Partners of S.C., P.O. Box 5301, Columbia SC 29250.
Thank you for your continued dedication to the mission of IPSC and your support of this important annual statewide endeavor.
Yours in diversity and peace,
From our Board Chair:
How has the pandemic changed your worldview? Your lifestyle? Your family? Join Midlands Interfaith Meetup to share your most profound insights during this season of change.
Join friends of any, all and no faiths for a virtual meetup on Zoom from 7-8 PM on Sept. 1. Free and open to the public, but please register to receive the Zoom link.
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Interfaith Partners of South Carolina (IPSC), being a very diverse organization, is heartbroken at the escalating racial division and tension within our communities. IPSC’s mission to bring together people of different religious, spiritual, and secular paths throughout our state to cultivate a more harmonious community, is more important than ever. Our work draws deeply from a shared commitment to nurturing relationships of respect, dignity and trust within our local communities.
How, then, do we work together to build harmonious community? While IPSC struggles to find the right words, we reaffirm our commitment to participate in the building process.
We are reminded that with each crisis comes multiple opportunities:
- opportunities to hear one another in the midst of pain and strife;
- opportunities to stand alongside one another in solidarity, even in the midst of social isolation;
- opportunities to learn from one another, committing to the hard work of building communities of dignity, respect and justice.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, inspired by the work of Mahatma Gandhi, confronted racial injustice through strategies of active nonviolent resistance, reasoning that, “the aftermath of nonviolence is the creation of the beloved community, while the aftermath of violence is tragic bitterness”. Such resistance against systemic oppression requires deep courage, working toward the victory of friendship and understanding. Dr. King’s words were spoken not from a place of utopian hope or naivety, but from the experience of racial injustice and suffering.
What questions emerge within communities that continue to face the day to day consequences of racism today? How may we actively participate in the process of constructive de-escalation, in order to contribute to the building of harmonious community? IPSC will continue to work alongside partners, affiliates, and allies in the coming days. In the midst of our religious and racial diversity, may we draw strength from one another.
The Orangeburg Massacre: Witnesses Speak
In 1968, a civil rights demonstration turned violent when officers opened fire on a crowd gathered at SC State University. Only this year was a sculpture memorial erected to remember the three students killed that night.
Annette Reynolds, a student at the time, and Bill Barley, a photojournalist at the scene, will speak about their experiences at this pivotal event, now known as the Orangeburg Massacre.
Join friends of any, all and no faiths at the British Bulldog in Harbison. 6-8 PM. Free and open to the public. Order on your own. No RSVP necessary.
1220 Bower Pkwy E-10, Columbia, SC 29212