Even though the Christian faith is prominent among the black population today, a recent report indicates that many African-Americans also follow Islam and often convert to the faith from other religions.
Bach "tempered" (retuned) the chromatic scale, dividing it into 12 equal semitones. He codified the rules of Western harmony, and he set the standard for performance practice in the first part of the 18th century. It’s a legacy that has influenced all musicians since, including The Beatles, whose songs — “Love Me Do,” “Eight Days a Week,” “Penny Lane” — depend on the rules of harmony and voice leading that Bach established.
“Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them.”
Rev. Robert Schenck serves as president of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute in Washington, D.C. Using Scripture and Bonhoeffer's teachings, Schenck travels the nation advocating for gun control.
It was one of the bloodiest episodes of the civil rights movement, and it changed South Carolina's reputation when it came to race relations. It was no longer known as a moderate state that had avoided the violent confrontations seen in Mississippi and Alabama.
Have you ever found yourself under fire for saying or writing something that you believed to be clearly innocuous? As a public speaker and a writer, I can say yes to this a thousand times.
In South Carolina, laws allow students to obtain credit for courses in Bible history, literature and even devotion.
I was stooped over a dustpan lamenting my lot in life when I remembered something the French existentialists believed about struggle: not that struggle would redeem us, but that it was the only sane response to an absurd world.
The groups will host their third annual Food & Faith: A Dialogue Between Muslims and Jews. At the program, which begins with a conversation between Rabbi Michael Davies, who leads Dor Tikvah, and Imam Shamu Shamudeen of the Central Mosque of Charleston, guests will learn blessings and enjoy foods from both religious cultures.
Members of New Light Congregation in Pittsburgh joined Sunday worship at Emanuel AME Church to show unity between two houses of worship devastated by mass shootings.
Bob DeVey will die of terminal cancer. He has chosen not to undergo radical surgery that might buy him a few extra months at the cost of his quality of life. Now he wants to make one final medical decision.
The 116th Congress is more religiously diverse and less Christian than the previous one, even though representation from states like South Carolina saw no shifts.
YWCA Greater Charleston’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. tribute is a 10-day-long celebration that includes a parade, ecumenical and worship services, a poetry slam and a racial equality workshop. Thousands of Lowcountry residents take part in one way or another.
Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston is fielding more requests each year from persons desiring exorcisms. In 2013, the diocese saw 10 requests. By 2018, that jumped to about 45.
For many, the Christmas holidays are long gone now that the time of gift wrapping, extended breaks from work and special time with distant relatives is over.
But for local churches, the Christmas season isn't over just yet.
The Post and Courier reached out to members of the faith, local government and business communities and asked them to describe their hopes for 2019.
If you’ve read my book, “Thriving Beyond Surviving,” you’ll know that the book expounds on “Faith and the other six F-words I live by.”
Half of residents in 11 southern states believe that America was founded as an explicitly Christian nation, a recent poll found.
Tonight, when we receive the Christmas story like a children’s pageant, young or old or somewhere in the middle, we can still hear the angels sing!
If you’ve read my column long enough, you’ll know that this columnist seeks to fill the holes of the unexpected. So, today, I recollect my very worst Christmas ever!
“So, how does a former pastor go about looking for a church?” you ask.
I confess that it can be a hit-and-miss process similar to finding a good counselor and a doctor.
Lowcountry Voices will mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a free 5 p.m. concert on Saturday, Jan. 19, at St. Matthew Baptist Church, 2005 Reynolds Ave.
The adjustment is one of several ways churches are taking safety precautions without allowing them to interfere with the worship experience. Across the region, ministers and parishioners are making minor adjustments to how they handle Holy Sacraments and are encouraging members to stay home if necessary.
The story of the Katz family in Holland during World War II, inspired author Janet Lee Berg to write a historical novel that incorporates some of the experiences her husband's ancestors endured. Immersed in the world of great art, Nathan and Benjamin Katz sold Dutch masterworks to the Nazis.…
The club's president initially denied any internal unrest in an interview with The Post and Courier, but addressed the controversy in a recent newsletter.
On a good day, we should be running the faith-race together, albeit often with different purposes, different goals and varying distances, but still together.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston will release the names of priests in South Carolina credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors dating back to 1950, the diocese announced Friday. The names will be released by mid-February.
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra kicks off a series of holiday concerts at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, with a program featuring Charleston Symphony brass players joined by Doc Severinsen, former band leader for "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson," and Phil Smith, former principal trump…
Students enrolled in Nathaniel Walker's "The Architecture of Memory" class at the College of Charleston have been working on designs for a proposed memorial honoring 36 Africans whose remains were discovered near Anson Street during construction of the Gaillard Center in 2013.
Charleston Port & Seafarers’ Society, an ecumenical Christian organization, looks after the needs of mariners criss-crossing the globe.
Smoke fills the skies near my Auburn, Calif., home. I tried to escape its choking fog by driving halfway down the California coast last weekend, but the smoke followed me the 200-mile distance. The apocalyptic size of this disaster has given my neighbors and me quite a unique perspective during this Thanksgiving and holiday season, and well it should. It’s made us ever more grateful for our homes and the well-being of our families.
Several churches across the Charleston region still stand, but they aren't houses of worship and prayer. Instead, they have been re-purposed as homes, restaurants and museums.
Jesus believed in keeping it simple. If you love God, he said, you have to “love your neighbor as yourself.” This means accepting your neighbor without all of our qualifiers such as religion, politics, race, favorite rock bands and boxers or briefs.
The Brick Church at Wambaw will host a Thanksgiving Harvest service on Sunday to celebrate its 250th anniversary. A traditional Episcopal worship service will honor those who laid the foundation of the parish along with modern-day parishioners who've helped preserve the site.
The series of photo illustrations is called “Linked.” He meant to make just one or two. Quashie’s made 11 so far. And he’s not done.
On Halloween Day, I delivered a speech in the student chapel service at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo. My topic was “What Really Scares Me.” The speech was an expanded version of an October column I’d written on the same theme. The irony of my chosen subject wasn’t lost on me given my weak knees on stage. I was battling one of the most common of all terrors: glossophobia, the fear of public speaking.
Today, many people caring for infants and children at churches must complete CPR and Darkness to Light training, along with background checks. But with these rigorous requirements, some congregations are struggling to find employees to work their nurseries.
Mepkin Abbey's Monastic Guest program allows some men who, without becoming monks themselves, find refuge. August Turak, a former corporate executive in New York City, is one of them.
I have some great readers who sometimes disagree with me but will only rarely become disagreeable. However, once in a great while I get a letter reeking of discontent.
The National Council of Jewish Women is presenting an interfaith educational event about the #MeToo Movement at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St.
With trick-or-treaters donning their scariest costumes in just a handful of days, I propose we play a version of the game "20 Questions." I introduce these questions under the heading, “What is it that really frightens you?”
With the help of College of Charleston graduate students, who used church records and FARO laser scanning to survey the site, St. Mary recently created a database that cataloged who is buried on the grounds.
The Gullah Society will present a public event called “Rise Up! Summoning the Power and Presence of African Ancestors in Charleston,” at 5 p.m. Nov. 7 at the College of Charleston.
Two churches, Aldersgate and Enoch Chapel United Methodist who started the monthly, Saturday worship service last spring, are now hosting weekly services which they hope will continue to attract people from all walks of life and demonstrate true racial reconciliation.
While the first edition of "The Huguenot Church in Charleston" highlights its national influence between 1687 and the 1800s, the much-anticipated second publication picks up in the 20th Century with nearly 50 more pages highlighting prominent Huguenots who had local and national influence.