In November, we visited Mepkin Abbey in Moncks Corner for their annual Creche Festival. The Abbey encompasses 3000+ acres along the Cooper River in Berkeley County, and it was given to this order of Trappist Monks by the Luce family (publishers of Time magazine, etc.) 70 years ago. It is neat to see the Catholic community pull together each year and volunteer in support of this event, and we met and are grateful to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston congregants who served as docents and volunteers. The 90+ nativity scenes exemplified a key pillar of Christianity. Furthermore, the interpretations from different parts of the world in a wide variety of mediums made for a powerful lesson in creativity and art.
Students enjoyed visiting Christ Church Anglican (Mt. Pleasant), Royal Missionary Baptist Church (North Charleston), and the Sanatan Hindu Temple and Cultural Center (West Ashley). We enjoyed a repast (meal associated with a service) at Royal Missionary and representative foods from India at the Hindu Temple.