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Stories with our Grandfathers

June 24th

We held our first ever Intergenerational Conversation via Zoom and it was so much fun!! Thank you to those that participated and interviewed their grandfathers, even those that were newly born!! It was great to hear the stories and the wisdom from these men. To watch this video, please see our YouTube channel.


Victim Advocacy: Knowing Your Rights and Who To Contact

June 3rd at 7:15pm EST

The Atlantic Institute partners with many faith and cultural organizations across the state for dialogue events, as such, we recognize that often it's these organizations that are "first responders" in the community when someone has been victimized. It was recently announced that, in South Carolina, June 15th will be known as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. We are partnering with South Carolina Victim Advocate Network (SCVAN) and the Faith Based Victim Services Program to inform and educate everyone on what services their program provides. We will gather a panel of members from these organizations and look at how they work with and react to victims in South Carolina from all walks of life. They will discuss services, statistics, and ways to plan for a safer community. Sign up below for a chance to take part in this discussion!


MaraMara Allport is the Training Program Manager with the Elder Abuse Training and Treatment Program housed within the Medical University of South Carolina. She trains healthcare and senior service providers on identifying and referring elder mistreatment through free in-person and online trainings. She enjoys community outreach to raise awareness about this growing public health issue and advocates for staying safe throughout the life span. Mara graduated from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, is married, and mother to an almost-2-year-old boy.








 MaraRoger Acton is in his fourth year as the Faith Based Victim Services Project Director with the South Carolina Victim Assistance Network (, along with his Assistant Project Director and Community Outreach Coordinator, Arelis Alcantara, connecting all faith communities with the powerful support of all violent crime victim services for victims and their families. In compliment to his SCVAN work, Roger, at the beginning of 2020, was appointed by Attorney General Alan Wilson as the Subcommittee Chair of the new Interfaith Initiative for the South Carolina Human Trafficking Task Force. Roger is also a part time chaplain with Marketplace Chaplains, ( providing ministry support to the staff of multiple businesses in the Midlands, as part of their employee benefits. Covering a span of over 25 years, he has enjoyed ministering in Florida, Texas and South Carolina, including about a year as a hospice chaplain, and several years as a volunteer hospital chaplain. Prior to Roger’s ministry call, he worked in sales, marketing, plus interspersed retail work with Lifeway Christian Resources while in ministry in South Carolina. With his wife, Cathy, they are celebrating 28 years of marriage, and are blessed with two awesome, collegiate daughters, Micah and Faith.






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On Easter Sunday, April 21st, a series of coordinated attacks struck several hotels and institutions of Christian faith in Sri Lanka. Over 200 were killed, and at least 450 were wounded. The Atlantic Institute thoroughly condemns these attacks intended to sow fear and discord. We stand by our Christian brothers and sisters in this time of mourning and healing and can only offer our sincere condolences to the victims, their families, and the people of Sri Lanka.

The senseless and abhorrent attacks on the people of Sri Lanka affect us all. These were attacks against peace, against understanding, and against the solidarity of humanity. It is imperative that we come together in this time of crisis and continue to foster dialogue that bridges the gaps in understanding that cause horrific violence. It is imperative that we cultivate respect between different beliefs and promote peace across cultural lines. It is imperative that we condemn violence and hateful rhetoric in all its forms. It is imperative that we look beyond our differences and find common ground in weeding out hateful ideologies.

The intentional targeting of centers of worship is cowardly and vile. We cannot live in fear. We must not allow divisiveness to separate us. Love is stronger than hate and the time for humanity to come together as a family is now.

We are horrified by the news of the serious shooting at Christchurch in New Zealand. On behalf of Atlantic Institute, I condemn in the strongest terms, this act of terror targeted at peacefully praying Muslims. Our thoughts and prayers are with New Zealand's Muslim brothers and sisters and all of its people on this dark day.

This reaffirms what we have always maintained: Terrorism does not have a religion. We truly believe in our Interfaith Commitment and remain steadfast in believing that loves is a supreme force over hate -Dr Akif Aydin