Marion L. Usher, author of "One Couple Two Faiths: Stories of Love and Religion," will give a book talk at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19.
Cinderella days and projects have become a staple in a lot of communities, and for the Lowcountry, it’s the same. The events are a culmination of local community members and businesses coming together to donate dresses while local girls are able to pick out one of their choosing at no cost
While many churches with dwindling congregations have shuttered their doors, one church in Charleston will get a new lease on life.
On a recent Monday, my wife, Becky, and I boarded a plane flying south to Honduras. From several thousand feet aloft, we cross a border that, according to The New York Times, “76,000 migrants crossed without authorization in February ... approaching the largest numbers seen in any February i…
Perhaps no symbol, beyond the Confederate flag, is as steeped in the dueling historical narratives of South Carolina and its people as its most beautiful crop: cotton.
For many Christians, Lent involves abstaining from favorite foods, beverages or habits and spending more time in prayer and meditation. Here’s what some worshipers plan to give up for the season.
My interest in public safety comes from the tragedies I’ve witnessed in my chaplain career. In death’s aftermath, I’ve offered comfort to those whose loved ones were accidentally struck, shot, suffocated, burned, poisoned, fallen or electrocuted.
In the 18 years I’ve been writing this column, many readers have shared their impression of what a chaplain is. And more than a few have certainly told me what a chaplain is not.
A special session of the general conference, held Saturday through Tuesday in St. Louis, Missouri, will decide whether the denomination will permit same-sex weddings in churches and ordain openly gay clergy — a hot-button topic that recently threatened to split to denomination. Charleston area congregations are hoping for unity and clinging to their values.
Rural Mission, a faith-based Johns Island charity in its 50th year, will suspend operations at the end of the month. The charity is turning over its assets to the South Carolina United Methodist Camps and Retreat Ministries, with which it is affiliated.
“Would I have to understand all religions to become a chaplain?” asked a woman considering a career change. I shook my head, chuckling at this question I’m so often asked.
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.