Tracy Wells

Tracy Wells began mapping the religious diversity in South Carolina during the summer of 2003 while she was a student at Furman University. She updated previous research done in 2000 and 1998 by the project at Furman University. While most previous research has been conducted in the upstate, where Furman University is located, Tracy concentrated on the midlands, specifically the capital of Columbia, which appeared to be the most religiously diverse area in the state at the time. Previous researchers Benjamin Coleman and Melissa Peterson in 2000 and Alison Mills and Andrea Prevost in 1998 gathered some information on the Bahá’í community, Buddhist centers, Hindu templeA temple is a house of worship, a sacred space housing the deity or central symbol of the tradition. The Temple in Jerusalem was the holy place of the Jewish people until its destruction by the Romans in 70 CE; now the term “temple” is used by th. Ref..., Islamic centersAn Islamic center will typically include a mosque, school, and area for social and cultural activities. When a new Islamic center is being organized in the United States, attention is paid to community needs, including a weekend or full-time school, indic.../mosquesMasjid (plural masajid) in Arabic means “place of prostration,” or the place where Muslims bow in prayer; in English, this word has become “mosque.” A masjid contains a prayer hall in which there is a mihrab or prayer niche, and a minbar or pulpit... and the state’s only SikhSikhs call their tradition the “Sikh Panth,” meaning the “community (panth) of the disciples of the Guru.” The tradition reveres a lineage of ten Gurus, beginning with Guru Nanak in the 16th century and coming to a clos. with the death of Guru Gob... gurdwaraThe gurdwara, “the gateway of the Guru,” is the place for community gathering and worship in the Sikh tradition. The Guru is the Adi Granth, the sacred scripture of the Sikh tradition. Each center will include a chamber where the Adi Granth is kept, a... in Columbia. Tracy updated this research and created additional profiles, interviewing spokespeople and attending religious services as a participant/observer.