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.

Midlands Interfaith Meetup in Columbia

Multiple religious identities characterize an increasing number of individuals and families. Some have grown up in a multifaith family, and others simply hold essential contradictions between belief, practice and daily living in a primarily monotheistic mainstream culture. Spiritual fluidity and multiplicity may also reflect the times in which we live, times in which migration is frequent and extensive, blending cultures in ways unforeseen by most of our ancestors. Holli Emore, MDiv, discusses her research into the rapid changes happening across America. July 2, 6-8 PM, Zorba’s Greek Restaurant, 6169 Saint Andrews Rd, Columbia.

About Midlands Interfaith Meetup: Join old and new friends from many faiths for good food and fellowship. All are welcome, whatever your religion or non-religion! We order separately, no required order minimum.

May 7 in Columbia

Working with Local Community Groups to Combat Hate

For Immediate Release on April 24, 2019 – As the death toll in Sri Lanka continues to rise, Interfaith Partners of South Carolina (IPSC) joins the many voices around the world condemning the vicious acts of hatred committed against Christians during Easter celebrations. These violent, hate-filled attacks are becoming all too familiar, and IPSC reaffirms its commitment to build bridges across religious boundaries, fostering understanding and trust among South Carolina’s diverse residents. ​

This weekend, IPSC takes another step toward achieving peace, as we proudly partner with local community groups for an event that combats fear with education: the Irmo International Festival. Held on Sunday, April 28th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Irmo Community Park, the festival is a celebration of diversity within Irmo. This local solution is an antidote to hate and one example of how IPSC is helping to build strong and peaceable community. IPSC Chair, Dr. Adrian Bird says, “We will not stay silent in the midst of our tears and our mourning. In solidarity with one another, we actively strive to make a positive difference.”  ​


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