2017 Tour of Faiths - Columbia, SC
The Tour of Faiths program is a great way to spark interfaith dialogue as various groups from the community travel to four different faith establishments to learn and understand more about that religion. This is the first year we have done this program in Columbia area and we are excited for everyone to have this experience.
Temple Osireion in Columbia
Date: Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 4pm
Location: Atlantic Institute, 909 Shull Street, West Columbia, SC 29169 (parking lot off 9th St.)
Description: Join Temple Osireion during Atlantic Institute's Tour of Faiths for this beautiful ceremony to welcome the new year and the flooding of the Nile in ancient Egypt. We will have a big bowl of rose-scented ice water (because it’s August!) for self-blessing/cleansing, special flute music and a closing spiral dance. All are welcome!
The Greater Columbia Baha’i Center
Date: Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 11am
Location: 2020 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Description: Devotional worship will begin at 11am and a brief introduction to the Baha’i Faith will be offered. Light refreshments and time for individual questions and conversation will follow the program.
Beth Shalom Synagogue
Date: Friday, August 25, 2017 at 6:30pm
Location: 5827 N. Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC 29206
Description: Beth Shalom is a conservative, egalitarian, progressive Jewish synagogue. Rabbi Jonathan Case is the spiritual leader. The dress code for the Beth Shalom Synagogue is modest attire that is comfortable yet respectful.
2017 Tour of Faiths - Greenville, SC
Congregation Beth Israel
Date: Friday July 28, 2017 at 7:00pm
Address: 425 Summit Dr. Greenville, SC 29609
2017 Tour of Faiths
Temple of Israel
We had approximately 45 people participate in the tour on Friday evening. Rabi Masters welcomed everyone and began the service. The service consisted of readings and prayers from the Mishkan T’filah and teachings from the Torah. During Q&A, the Rabi discussed the differences between various Jewish denominations and answered the participant’s various questions. With wonderful refreshments after the service all were able to talk with one another and further our understanding of this religion.
Greenville Baha’i Center
Roughly 15 people participated on Sunday morning for the presentation and service on the Baha’i martyr Bab. This service represented the day that Bab was killed. The service taught us how the foundation to the Baha’i faith was started. Readings and chants from the Bab’s writings were shared with the group. The morning ended with intriguing discussions and refreshments between tour participants and the Center’s members.
Monastery of Saint Clare
The Monastery had a great turn out with over 52 people who came on Saturday afternoon. We started the afternoon with a very informative and entertaining Q&A with the sisters of Saint Clare. We learned about the sister’s way of life and a little bit of history behind Saint Clare. Following Q&A, we attended the traditional Catholic Mass held within the Monastery.
Islamic Center of Greenville Date: Thursday July 20, 2017 at 7:30
Holy Cross Episcopal Church Date: Wednesday July 26, 2017 at 7:00pm