Dr. Daniel E. Walker

Dr. Daniel E. Walker

Dr. Daniel E. Walker is an internationally recognized scholar, filmmaker and public speaker working in the fields of history, film and religion, among others. The founding director of the University of Southern California Digital Library’s Gospel Music History Archive, he served as lead historian and co-curator for the 2018 exhibit How Sweet the Sound: Gospel Music in Los Angeles at the California African American Museum.

Dr. Walker holds an MA with distinction in Latin American history from the University of California, Riverside and a PhD with distinction in Latin American and African American History from the University of Houston. In 2018, he received an honorary doctorate from Claremont Graduate University for his contributions to arts, design, and innovation. 

Umar A. Hakim Dey

Umar A. Hakim Dey

A native of Compton, California, Umar A. Hakim Dey is Executive Director of ILM (Intellect Love Mercy) Foundation. He is responsible for facilitating ILM Foundation’s programming and its social-preneurial vision for social change. These programs, including Humanitarian Day, Go Beyond the G.A.M.E, and S.E.E.D. provide intuitive educational experiences that empower local Angelinos. 

Umar is the founding principal of INKERIJ® (pronounced “Encourage”), an advisory organization that works to “help leaders and organizations be more relevant with its base, especially in post COVID-19 times.” Its objective is to establish a more modern leadership approach for communities of color and beyond its borders.  As an active community organizer and Board President at LA Voice, Umar says, “We have to make sure there’s a seat for marginalized communities and our voice at the round table.”

Currently, Umar is working to continue creating awareness by hosting Community Accountability Labs, so residents can sustain presence and not be excluded from the communities in which they have lived for years.

Kaveri Singh

Kaveri Singh

Kaveri Singh is a Los Angeles-based artist who has worked with leading designers from around the world. Her work can be seen at historic estates such as the Greer Mansion, the Brody House, and the LA Conservancy’s Dominguez Wilshire restoration. Kaveri grew up in India surrounded by art and creative expression, and at age 17 went to Europe to study art.

The merging of Eastern and Western traditions has become the common thread throughout her art. It led to one of Kaveri’s most significant projects: a Sacred Murals project in Sarnath, India, depicting the life of the Buddha. The concept was to portray the visible world as a mirror of the spiritual domain. In this light, the merging of styles, traditions, and myths speaks to fundamental human responses to harmony and beauty — a concept that is all about inclusion, and that infuses all her work.

The Rev. Angie Buchanan

The Rev. Angie Buchanan

The Rev. Angie Buchanan, an Advisor to The Guibord Center, is a Founder and the Spiritual Director of Earth Traditions, a Pagan Church, and of Gaia’s Womb, an interfaith spirituality group that has been producing women’s spiritual retreats for over 20 years. A certified death midwife, she developed and teaches a certification course that provides hands-on, intensive training for compassionate end-of-life care and information on ecologically sensitive funerals (www.deathmidwife.org). She currently serves as the pagan student spiritual advisor at the University of Chicago.

Rev. Angie has been involved with numerous organizations that promote interfaith dialog and peace. In addition, she is a longtime activist for religious freedom, women’s rights, and First Amendment protections. In 2014, she was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr., International College of Ministers and Laity, at Morehouse College.

From the Christian Tradition

From the Christian Tradition

Scripture

O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.  So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to all the generations to come.  Your power and your righteousness, O God, reach the high heavens.  You who have done great things, O God, who is like you?  You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again.  You will increase my honor, and comfort me once again.  (Psalm 71:17-21, NRSV)

Prayer

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son:  Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne.  Amen. (Book of Common Prayer)