Events Calendar

The Dance of Life: Maypole Celebration @ Hollywood United Methodist Church
May 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


After a chilly L.A. winter, aren’t you ready for spring? We are! Please join The Guibord Center and the Rev. Angie Buchanan for The Dance of Life on Saturday, May 11. We’ll greet the season with a maypole dance, a joyous celebration of love and abundance that reminds us of our deep connection with the Earth and one another. This free event is open to all adults and children.

In ancient times, May 1 marked a turning point. Our ancestors had survived winter and were now ready for the time of fertility, new life and hope. People came together for festivities and rituals to give thanks for the spring, protect crops, and call forth abundance. The maypole dance was one such custom. Originally, maypole dancers circled a living tree.

Rev. Buchanan will lead this beautiful ritual and also share some of the tradition’s history. A reception will follow.

Rev. Buchanan is a rite of passage officiant and Senior Minister at Earth Traditions, a church devoted to ancient Earth-centered spiritual beliefs. An emeritus board member of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, she serves as Pagan Student Advisor at the University of Chicago. In 2014, she was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr., International College of Ministers and Laity at Morehouse College.

Ananda’s 50th Anniversary Celebration @ Ananda Village
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – Jul 7 @ 11:00 pm
Ananda's 50th Anniversary Celebration @ Ananda Village
Ananda 50 Year Anniversary

The Guibord Center is honored to join hundreds of friends from around the world as they gather in the birthplace of Ananda, Ananda Village in Nevada City. This week-long program will weave together all aspects of Ananda’s worldwide mission—fulfilling the will of the Masters, spiritual community, yoga in daily life, the path of Self-realization—into an experience of divine friendship for all. Culminating in the Temple of Light dedication of Saturday July 6th, this week celebrates the joy shared through our worldwide Ananda family, honoring the work inspired by Yogananda, through his disciple Swami Kriyananda.

For information on how to sign up, visit

What It Takes To Be Interfaith Allies @ First Presbyterian Church of Encino
Aug 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
What It Takes To Be Interfaith Allies @ First Presbyterian Church of Encino

Ever wondered what’s involved in building a thriving interfaith partnership?  And how leaders motivate their congregants to engage in interfaith alliance?  Ruth Mandernach of Encino Presbyterian and Rabbi Eric Morgenstern of Kehillah Chen V’ Chesed will share the story of how their working partnership has evolved from landlord and tenant to committed interfaith allies. They’ve learned to navigate differences and disagreements, discovered the unexpected, and made joyful connections along the way.


Join us for dessert (with vegan options) and a candid conversation with these two interfaith leaders.  Bring interested people from your communities to ask questions and share ideas! We welcome all people ages 18 and up from all faith and philosophical traditions.


This event is organized by The Guibord Center – Religion Inside Out and co-hosted by First Presbyterian Church of Encino and Kehillah Chen V’Chesed.  It is free and open to the public.  Please register in advance so we can provide sufficient refreshments and seating.


Questions?  Contact Lisa Patriquin, Program Director for Youth and Young Adults at or 508-776-7812 (calls only–no voicemail or text)


“What About Animals?” A Faith at the Table Event @ United Church of Christ (UCC Simi)
Sep 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
"What About Animals?" A Faith at the Table Event @ United Church of Christ (UCC Simi)

The Guibord Center presents a viewing and discussion of its short film on faith and animals, created for Animal Defenders International.

About this Event

Are you a person of faith who loves all kinds of creatures? Ever notice that most religious traditions don’t seem to say much about how we should treat them? The Rev. Dr. Gwynne Guibord, The Guibord Center’s Founder and President Emerita and a longtime fan of Animal Defenders International, decided to rectify that situation.

In 2017-18, as part of its support for ADI—a nonprofit that advocates with governments worldwide to ban the use of animals in circuses, laboratory testing, and other inhumane practices—The Guibord Center funded and produced ANIMA: Animals. Faith. Compassion. This short film highlights the core beliefs of a dozen spiritual traditions in support of compassion for animals. In doing so, ANIMA brings the missing voice of faith into the conversation on animals and their treatment.

We invite you to join us for a vegan meal and viewing/discussion of ANIMA with Dr. Lo Sprague, President of The Guibord Center and the film’s executive producer, and ADI representatives. Dr. Lo will share about the making of this important documentary and the support it’s received from many local faith leaders. ADI staff will discuss the film’s impact on ADI’s advocacy and their work to return captive animals to sanctuaries in their native lands.

This free public event is organized by The Guibord Center – Religion Inside Out and hosted by UCC Simi, a welcoming and affirming congregation. Special thanks to the Simi Valley Interfaith Council for providing dinner. We welcome all people ages 16 and up from all faith and philosophical traditions. Space is limited; please register in advance so we can provide sufficient food and seating.


African Spiritual Roots of Gospel Music @ St. John's Cathedral
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

With Dr. Daniel Walker and the Gospel Music Workshop of America Los Angeles Chapter

Dr. Daniel Walker, Presenter, African Spiritual Roots of Gospel MusicGospel music is a powerful and influential art form through which generations of African Americans and others have expressed faith and hope in the face of oppression. Join historian Dr. Daniel E. Walker and the Gospel Music Workshop of America, Los Angeles Chapter on a compelling journey to discover gospel’s spiritual beginnings in Africa. You will not want to miss this inspiring event!

Dr. Walker is a globally recognized scholar and founding director of the Gospel Music History Archive at the University of Southern California Digital Library. The Gospel Music Workshop of America, Inc., founded in 1967 by the late Rev. James Cleveland, is the largest gospel convention in the U.S. Honoring Rev. Cleveland’s vision, the LA Chapter lends its talents to community and charitable events each year.

This special evening will conclude with a reception. Free and open to all. Please RSVP so we can plan to accommodate you.



Sacred Stories of Animals, Faith and Compassion @ Vedanta Society of Southern California
Oct 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sacred Stories of Animals, Faith and Compassion @ Vedanta Society of Southern California
This yarmulke-wearing dog and its owner took part in the “Bark Mitzvah” at Temple Beth Shir Shalom, Santa Monica. Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels serves as an Advisor to The Guibord Center.

In Faith and Life

Tales recounting the compassion of animals weave their way through our many faith traditions, touching our hearts and making us better people.

Guest speakers Jan Creamer and Tim Phillips of Animal Defenders International (ADI) will offer moving real-life stories of the compassion of the animals they’ve rescued. In addition, faith leaders will delight us with animal tales from their spiritual traditions:

  • Sura Das, International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)
  • Nirinjan Singh Khalsa, California Sikh Council
  • Pravrajika Vidyaprana, Vedanta Society Convent

The event takes place at the Hollywood Vedanta Temple, a hidden gem of peace and tranquility in the Hollywood Hills. Our guests will enjoy refreshments after the presentation on the beautiful grounds, with an opportunity to talk further with our presenters and one another.

Detailed directions to the Hollywood Vedanta Society will be emailed prior to the event to registered guests.


Models of Pride @ Los Angeles City College
Oct 19 all-day

The Guibord Center will participate in Models of Pride by presenting nterfaith workshops and offering resources including a list of inclusive faith communities.

Registrations are a must. Preregistration closes October 16, but on-site registration is available until 1 pm the day of the event. Stop by our booth and say hello!

Faith At The Table Young Adult Event @ The Islamic Center of Southern California
Nov 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Young Adults ages 18-35 are invited to dinner and a showing of Brave New Film’s short documentary “40 Strangers 50 Questions”, followed by a discussion of ways to move toward unity and solidarity in this era of division and polarization.

Tahil Sharma, Young Adult Advisor to The Guibord Center and Faith Program Manager for Brave New Films, will lead the discussion.


Love Your Neighbor Weekend Interfaith Gathering @ Samuelson Chapel at California Lutheran University
Mar 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“Courage for the Common Good”

with Dr. Lo Sprague

“Love Your Neighbor weekend in an interfaith, community-wide program inviting participation from all faith traditions and people of moral conscience for a campaign of compassion.

We invite people from all walks of life to come together and proclaim the values of loving our neighbor, welcoming the stranger, and respecting the inherent dignity and worth of every person.

Sponsored by:
Simi Valley Interfaith Council
Conejo Valley Interfaith Association
Ventura County Interfaith Community

Webinar: When Worldviews Collide @ Online via Zoom Webinar
Mar 31 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

In this webinar, we’ll examine a historical incident between the Hopi people and Spanish Catholic missionaries in the 1600s with repercussions that still affect our society today.

Background for our conversation

Bishop Steven Charleston is a Choctaw elder, retired professor of theology and Episcopal bishop.  The Guibord Center invited Bishop Charleston to speak at an event called “Honor Earth: Stewardship of the Earth.”  He centered his talk on the concept of kinship and outlined four sacred directions of kinship that Native Americans and Christians share.

To illustrate a Native American understanding of kinship, Bishop Charleston describes the Hopis’ belief about their primary purpose for being on the earth and the devastating consequences that occurred when the missionaries prevented them from carrying out their sacred rituals.

Video clip from Honor Earth

Upon registering for the webinar, you’ll receive more information about the video clip and how to access the webinar, including a private link.

We have reached the maximum number of interactive participants, and we have closed registration for this online conversation. We apologize for any inconvenience.