The Mission of The Guibord Center – Religion Inside Out is
to bring people together to challenge assumptions,
unleash the sacred,
and affirm the spirituality that transforms the world.
The Center works to open hearts and minds. We bring together people of different beliefs and spiritualities to learn firsthand about one another’s values and practices in a safe and welcoming environment.
Through personal stories and experiences, we find areas of common values that enable us to build relationships with those we once considered “other.” In the process, we learn more about ourselves and deepen our spiritual beliefs.
A faith tradition or religion is a set of spiritual beliefs, practices, and rituals that give meaning to the lives of followers. The Guibord Center works with the Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Indigenous Spirituality, Islamic, Jewish, Pagan, Sikh, and Zoroastrian communities, partnering to promote interfaith understanding.
Religion is often blamed for being part of the problem and not the solution. But we believe living out the actual values at the heart of faith traditions – compassion, respect, understanding, and promoting the well-being of Creation – is key to bringing reconciliation, justice, access, and opportunity for all.
The Guibord Center’s interfaith initiatives focus on areas we believe are vital in working toward a better world. Recent events, including Covid-19 and violence against Black, Asian and other communities, have brought longstanding issues of racism, inequity, and injustice into sharp focus.
Our current initiatives are:
Interfaith work at The Guibord Center focuses on building relationships with one another in order to develop a level of trust and a deeper understanding of our shared spiritual values.
When we talk about “Religion Inside Out” we mean “religion below the surface” from a personal perspective of those who practice their faith every day. As a result, we get to the heart of faith as we hear stories from those who draw inspiration from their values in their daily lives.
Since our inaugural event in 2011, The Guibord Center has presented more than 100 free public programs. These programs have included interfaith community events and concerts; lectures on individual faith traditions; small, informal gatherings; and online presentations.
We offer these events as safe, welcoming spaces for all to experience our neighbors’ different views and traditions. Most of these events have been filmed and are available in our video gallery.