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Event Hours Vary, See Website.

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November 17th Giving Thanks Dinner, Greenville

The Atlantic Institute in Greenville hosted their first potluck Pre-Thanksgiving event. It was great to have time and fellowship with all those in our community. The dishes served, from Samosas to Vegan Pea Soup to Turkey and homemade Cranberry Relish were wonderful to enjoy! It was great to have this time together to share and learn from one another! 

 

 

 


 

 

November 16th Giving Thanks Dinner, Charleston

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To RSVP for this special dialogue and dinner event, please email Charleston@atlanticsc.org ONLY 40 SEATS AVAILABLE!

 

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 September Dialogue Dinner

 

We invite you to join us for an interactive dinner, movie and discussion on September 26th 6:30pm at our event center in Greer. This event can hold up to 60 people and is on a RSVP of first come first serve basis. 

We will be hearing from Lynne Waheeba as she presents: Syria: The Hidden Hope along with Dr Aaron Simmons as he shares his new book: "Camping with Kierkegaard: Faithfulness as a Way of Life"

 

 

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Syria: The Hidden Hope is an interactive docuseries exploring the reality of living in war. With 21 audio interviews and 9 video interviews, you will get an insider perspective on the Syrian revolution and its aftermath. The aim is to share people’s stories in a humanitarian light away from the noise of politics. This work is about the forgotten humans whose stories were lost amidst the chaos of war.

 

1campAbout the Book:

“In this book, Aaron Simmons takes us on a trip to the mountains to reflect on the meaning of life. In a world too often defined by a quest for “success” that leaves us empty, alone, and anxious, Simmons seeks “faithfulness“ outdoors with thinkers and artists from Aristotle to Kierkegaard, Sartre to Anne Lamott, and Kendrick Lamar to Donovan Woods. Simmons invites us to rethink what it means to make
choices, take risks, be alone and silent while cultivating friendships, and to find our calling by facing our vulnerability. In the end, Simmons shows that faithfulness is more than a religious concept. It is about living a life of risk with direction.”

 
   

 

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The Atlantic Institute is pleased to announce the launch of a new program for the 2023 year: Life Skills for Teens! This program will pair high school teens with our online instructors to listen and learn about different topics. This program will be on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 11am and last for an hour.

 

 

 

Past Programs:

 

May 20, 2023

How to change a tire, How to Jump-start a car.

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Alexander v. SCNAACP, part I: Deciding who gets a voice.

Sunday, October 1
Hosted by Independent Dialogue Coordinator Catherine Fleming-Bruce

Join us on a discussion on public attitudes toward access to voting. It will focus on the Congressional District 1 (Charleston area) redistricting plan which will be heard by the United States Supreme Court on October 11.

This is an opportunity to discuss perspectives on the vote, why one person/one vote is important to citizenship, the evolution of this Supreme Court case, and different ways people are making their voices heard on the decision. South Carolinians will be traveling to DC for the hearing and the audience will be invited to join them.

Invited guests include representatives of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Upstate Action Alliance.

Alexander v. SCNAACP, part II: Amicus briefs as 'voices' that are part of the dialogue.

Friday, October 6
Hosted by Independent Dialogue Coordinator Catherine Fleming-Bruce

This conversation will be a review of the Amicus briefs, or 'friend of the Court' submissions that support various sides of the case. We will discuss them as illustrative of the dialogue that takes place in a Court case, and provides a way for the voices of a variety of actors, including community organizations and others, to provide them perspective for the public and the jurors to hear.

 

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SPIRITUAL POETRY

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Join us for an exploration of spiritual poetry through the ages. We will read poetry from the beginning of civilization to modern times and reflect on how different faith traditions and cultures express connection to the divine. Bring one or two poems from your own tradition that resonate with you to share with the group. Original poems are very welcome!

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Continuing Traditions: The Significance of Dia de los Muertos

Friday, October 27 · 3 - 4pm EDT
 
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A Vibrant Tribute to the Departed
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Cal Duran of Denver, CO joined our Dia de los Muertos session to share colorful snapshots of his ofrendas as well as his insights for taking time and making space for those who passed before us. With over 17 years of creating community ofrendas, Cal brought a wealth of knowledge from both his own experience as well as wisdom from his mentor Rita Flores.

 

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Elders & Animals!
Pictured with his mentor Rita Flores, Cal told us he visited with his 92 year old elder each week prior to their collaboration on the large ofrenda behind them. This type of connection with elders is important for everyone, he shared with us. Animals too share a special space with us, and his final ofrenda of the 2023 season is in memory of a beloved giraffe at the Denver Zoo, who passed away earlier this year.
Visit this photo and others at Cal’s website & on Instagram!

 

 

Featured speaker: Colorado Artist Cal Duran

Cal Duran is a seasoned Front Range artist who has built altars, installations, and artwork featured in museums and galleries throughout the Denver Metro area and beyond. He continues to honor his ancestors and recently created a room at Meow Wolf, Denver, honoring the indigenous tribes of Colorado and the Americas. He understands the importance of land acknowledgment honoring all the Earth tribes across the globe and the indigenous lineages down his blood line.

He is a Queer, Two Spirit, Indigenous, Native, Mixed blood, Latinx, Manito, Mestizo, Chicanx, Indian Artist, and Arts Educator from Colorado. Art has been a portal to channel his indigenous ancestors, where he slips under an emotional spinning vortex of creation. The makers of his blood flow through him. He channels the artisans, craft-makers, mud-dwellers, star-makers, dream-weavers and earth-brothers, and sisters, those who paved the way and forged the path. His work carries spirit and his truth is in everything he creates. He has roots that bridge India, Mexico and the natives of this land. He finds himself exploring parallels between his hybrid identities found in myth, religion, and ritual.

As a youth educator, Cal understands how important art is for our next generation in creating safe spaces and helping youth find their voice. He is honored to weave a his vision of ancestral knowledge in order to guide others as they seek to reconnect to ancestors, create altars and remember where they came from. He gives gratitude and love to everyone working hard to create a world full of love, joy and creativity.

 

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Dinner and Dialogue

GREER, SC

Open to the first 50 that sign up! Join us February 13th at 6:30pm for Dinner and Dialogue in Greer SC. We will be hearing from an Imam, a Rabbi and a Christian representative on the theme "Expressions of Love from Our Faiths" As we all break bread together and enjoy a meal we will share and discuss our Expressions of Love as expressed in our many varied faiths we all represent. We look forward to seeing you. As always this event is Free of Charge, you are welcome to make a donation, but it is not necessary.

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CHARLESTON, SC

Address: SC SOCIETY HALL 72 MEETING ST. CHARLESTON, SC 2940 Join us March 1st at 6:30pm for Dinner and Dialogue at the South Carolina Society Hall. We will be hearing from a Musliam, Jewish and a Christian representative on the theme "Expressions of Love from Our Faiths" As we all break bread together and enjoy a meal we will share and discuss our Expressions of Love as expressed in our many varied faiths we all represent. We look forward to seeing you. As always this event is Free of Charge, you are welcome to make a donation, but it is not necessary.

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Understanding The World Beyond The Human Experience

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Thursday, October 26 · 8 - 9pm EDT
 

Ever wonder what is beyond the realm of the human experience? Can we transcend to a different level of awareness? Each of us has to answer these questions in our own way but, if you are looking for some guidance, join us for an evening with Betsy Grady on Oct 26 at 7pm CST. Her ability to navigate through a different level of understanding will leave you refreshed, uplifted and peaceful. Betsy is a certified Akashic Records Consultant working on her first book, "The Unseen World". Her book will detail everything you need to know to access a spiritual awareness. "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." -Marcel Proust

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March 18th Join us in Greer at our Event Center for an Iftar. CLICK HERE TO RSVP

We are hoping for wonderful weather to be able to host a fast-breaking meal. Sharing dialogue for all to understand the meaning of the month of Ramadan, fasting, alms giving, etc will be discussed followed by listening to the call to prayer and then breaking bread together. Due to limited space this is reserved for the first 50 that RSVP. Please arrive around 7pm.

 

March 23rd: Sharing Ramadan: Downtown Greenville

Come one and all to downtown Greenville on March 23rd by the entrance to Falls Park. We will be giving out small sample plates of Turkish food on a first come, first served basis in observance of the month of Ramadan. We will set up around 6pm and finish at 9pm. Come and see us and learn all about the month of Ramadan, fasting, alms giving, etc.

 

GONE PHISHING: How to avoid Internet scams

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Wednesday, October 18 · 7 - 8pm EDT
 

Scammers are everywhere on the Internet. This session will advise you of how to avoid being a victim of an Internet scam. We'll look at how to turn a critical eye to emails and websites that induce you to harm yourself.

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In this program, we explored and reflected on how we rate our internal state in relation to the world around us. We discussed how our unique experiences, age and culture contribute to our outlook on life, and how that in turn affects our internal mental health and well-being. The video of this program can be found on our YouTube channel here: Atlantic Institute SC - YouTube

 

 Speakers:

Jennifer MJennifer Muth has been teaching psychology at Old Dominion University located in Norfolk, Virginia, for nearly 25 years and has served as a full-time faculty member for nearly 20 years, teaching Social Psychology, Cross-Cultural Psychology, and Positive Psychology. Muth has experimented with incorporating various High-Impact Practices into her teaching practice. Along with teaching year round at ODU, Muth has facilitated two study abroad trips to Rome, Italy, engaged in a four-faculty psychology learning community, implemented ePortfolio projects into large enrollment online courses, and actively collaborate with the LeADERS team to engage students in these activities. Muth recently completed the Quality Matters Teaching Online Certificate to keep current with best practices in online teaching. 
 

Sameer SSameer Shah, an accomplished legal professional and visionary hailing from India, and is currently expanding his expertise in the United States. With an extensive 28-year legal practice, Shah's impressive expertise extends across diverse domains including arbitration, mediation, maritime law, commercial disputes, and more.

Shah is the founder of S.U. Shah & Associates, a dynamic law firm based in Ahmedabad, India. He also serves as the Director of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) India Branch, the founder of ADR BAR, and a Co-Founder of Energy Related Arbitration Practitioners (ENRAP) India Chapter. Shah's dedication to mediation development is evident through his role as a Faculty/Trainer for Mediation at IM Campus, Germany. His impact is both local and global, with associates across India and collaborations in countries including Bangladesh, Dubai, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, London, Shanghai, Turkey and Vietnam. With a career marked by steady contributions, Shah continues to shape the legal profession in impactful ways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Harmony in the Lunar New Year: An Interfaith Celebration of Renewal

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On January 24th, 2024, Independent Dialogue Coordinator Jennifer Hill hosted "HARMONY IN THE LUNAR NEW YEAR: AN INTERFAITH CELEBRATION OF RENEWAL." Her guest speaker was Xinyi Meng of East Point Academy. Xinyi gave a wonderful and thorough breakdown/history of Lunar New Year. Her presentation was educational and enjoyable. The Atlantic Institute was very fortunate to have her as our speaker.

 

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