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"I ask you to keep doing what you are doing," said the governor. Here in South Carolina it is rare that a public official acknowledges any religions besides Christianity and sometimes Judaism.   But Governor Nikki Haley is no stranger to the minority experience, having grown up as a first-generation Indian-American in rural S.C. in a family which practiced the Sikh religion.  As she noted on a previous occasion, she has faced several challenges in her career: being female, being "ethnic" a … [Read more...]

S.C. Interfaith Harmony Month

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We got the good news on Wednesday - our governor has for a second year in a row proclaimed January to be S.C. Interfaith Harmony Month! Why does she do it?  What does it mean?Well, first of all, this dovetails with the United Nations' World Interfaith Harmony Week in early February.  When Interfaith Partners of S.C. first set out to mark WIHW here at home, it nearly exhausted us to squeeze a handful of calendar items into one week and a half period.  By 2013, we had a far longer list of even … [Read more...]

And All God’s Children Said “Waheguru”

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The Sikh Religious Society of South Carolina held the opening and dedication for their new gurdwara building on June 16. It was a lovely affair marked by the beginning of sung prayers (kirtan) on Friday at noon, and lasting until sometime on Sunday. (I’m in awe of those musicians!) The new building is beautiful, the colorful saris and scarves to die for, and the langar meal afterwards was delicious, as always. Sikh leaders were most anxious that religious leaders from as many religions as pos … [Read more...]


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