2017 Tour of Faiths
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 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.
Temple Osireion in Columbia
On Sunday, August 13, 2017 approximately 10 people joined the Temple Osireion for a beautiful ceremony to welcome the new year and the flooding of the Nile in ancient Egypt called Wep-pet. They experienced the self blessing/cleansing with a big bowl of rose-scented ice water, as well as listened to special flute music and singing. The ceremony closed with a spiral dance. The afternoon ended with intriguing discussions and refreshments between tour participants and the temple members.
The Greater Columbia Baha’i Center
On Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 11am, a few community people gathered at the Greater Columbia Baha’i Center for a devotional worship which begin at 11am and a brief introduction to the Baha’i Faith was offered. There was music, singing and prayers from Baha’u’llah read by Baha’i members. Light refreshments and time for individual questions and conversation followed the program.
Beth Shalom Synagogue
Friday, August 25, 2017 at 6:30pm approximately 5 people meet at Beth Shalom Synagogue of Columbia for a conservative, egalitarian, progressive Jewish service with the congregation. Rabbi Jonathan Case the spiritual leader led us through the service with several prayers and songs.
Islamic Center of Greenville Date: Thursday July 20, 2017 at 7:30
Holy Cross Episcopal Church Date: Wednesday July 26, 2017 at 7:00pm