Charleston Interreligious Council

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg declared the month of January Interfaith Harmony Month in the city of Charleston during a press conference hosted by the Charleston Interreligious Council (CIC) Monday morning, mirroring a declaration by Gov. Henry McMaster for the state of South Carolina.

“We are blessed to live in a city endowed with these great religious traditions that come down to us through the ages,” Tecklenburg said.

As part of the monthlong celebration of religious unity, various events are planned for the month of January, beginning with the continuation of the CIC Interfaith Speaker Series Tuesday evening, discussing Lowcountry spirituals from Charleston’s sea islands.

Next week, the CIC will host the Sacred Space Tour of the Hindu Temple of Charleston, giving viewers a live, virtual tour of the city’s Hindu temple guided by temple liaison Shaila Shroff.

A full list of upcoming events can be found on the CIC’s website. It all starts Tuesday night with Lowcountry Spirituals led by Christal Brown Heyward starting at 7 p.m.

Monday’s press conference featured remarks and speeches by community leaders from seven different faith traditions, each speaking from the experience and faith of their various belief systems in regards to coming together in peace.

Speakers included Reverend Ed Kosad, Dr. Goosby Smith, Sandra Brett, Dr. Ghazala Javed, Shroff, Saundra Upchurch, Dr. Randhir Makkar and Heather Mann.