Charleston Interreligious Council


Who is CIC?

The Charleston Interreligious Council (formerly the Christian Jewish Council of Greater Charleston) is an organization that seeks to build bridges of understanding to promote sensitivity, tolerance, respect, and fellowship among religious groups.

Founded in 1979, a group of pastors and Rabbis decided to gather in their homes to facilitate conversation and better understand each other’s faiths, thus creating a space of respect and harmony.

Decades later, after facilitating dialogue beyond the Christian and Jewish traditions, the board of directors decided to change the name of the organization. They needed a new name that better represented the Council’s work and its mission, including the broader diversity of religious traditions in Charleston. In 2018 the board voted to change its name to the Charleston Interreligious Council.

The work of the CIC is expanding through programs and events daily. We welcome you to join us as we grow and learn about the history and the diversity of Charleston. There are many ways to get involved in our work. Please learn more by clicking on our Get Involved link.


Our mission is to seek to build bridges of understanding to promote sensitivity, tolerance, respect, and fellowship among religious groups in Charleston. It fulfills this mission by:

• Conducting, sponsoring and/or supporting interreligious events, service oriented projects and activities.

• Increasing public awareness of interreligious issues and shared concerns, and creating opportunities for better understanding

• Promoting frank and open dialogue among faith traditions in which each person remains loyal to his or her own essential faith commitment while recognizing the other person’s integrity and uniqueness.

The CIC also addresses issues of human rights and human dignity espoused by faith traditions. It opposes all forms of prejudice, intolerance, discrimination, racism, and the misuse of religion for political purposes.

The CIC is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, and educational purposes under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


Thank you for visiting the Charleston Interreligious Council’s website. Organized in 1979, the Council provides interfaith dialogue and understanding and facilitates mutual respect. It also creates the opportunity to build friendships. This website provides an overview of our organization. It will also update you as to our programs and activities.

The CIC informs the greater community in living and working together as persons of faith. Annually the CIC holds at least four community forums, programs, and Interfaith services. All CIC functions are open to the public. Please visit Our Programs for more information on our programs.

We welcome your input, encourage your support, and invite your participation as well. You can help on various committees and participate in our programs and activities. We look forward to meeting you at our future programs or hearing from you through this website. We welcome new ideas and how to benefit all. Please learn how you can Get Involved.

We hope you will get involved and look forward to seeing you at our events!

Kenneth A. Fox

Board of Directors


Kenneth Fox CIC President
Congregation Dor Tikvah

Sid Shingler CIC Vice President
Bethel United Methodist Church

Dena Moses CIC Secretary
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

Sandra Brett
Synagogue Eamnu-El

Father Ari Damaskos 
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

Paula Dezzutti Hewlette

Martha Jane Hudnall
First (Scots) Presbyterian Church

Ghazala Javed
Central Mosque of Charleston

Rev. Ed Kosak
Unity Church

Rev. Yhanco Monet
Chaplain, Roper-St. Francis

Lester Pittman
Grace Church Cathedral

Kathleen Rodgers

Judy Selby
Circular Congregation Church

Dr. Elijah Siegler
College of Charleston Religious Studies Department 

Imam Shamu Shamudeen
Central Mosque of Charleston

Robin Shuler
Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim

If you are interested in learning more about the CIC and possibly joining our Board of Directors, please contact us at