Governor proclaims January interfaith harmony month in SC

People attend an Interfaith Prayer Vigil at the Olivet Baptist Church on July 17, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — The New Year is just days away and local religious groups are celebrating January as “South Carolina Interfaith Harmony Month.”

Interfaith partners of South Carolina announced the launch of the program Monday morning during a news conference at the State House.

Interfaith Partners of South Carolina (IPSC) is a five-year-old statewide organization with representation from many religions, including Buddhist, Christian, Baha’i, Muslim, Unitarian Universalist, Jewish, Pagan, Native American Spirituality, Sikh religious representatives.

Starting in January, congregations across the state plan to hold services and special events to mark the month-long declaration.

This is the fourth year that Governor Nikki Haley has declared January as South Carolina Interfaith Harmony Month.

Interfaith Partners will host a special presentation on Tuesday, January 19 called “Facing Fear in Our Houses of Worship.”

Haris Tarin of the Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott will discuss how to constructively face our fears in the wake of tragedies such as the shooting at Emanuel AME in Charleston.


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