It seems like everything about gender and sexual identity is in flux these days, which has opened more complex, nuanced conversation among faithful people. For example:
- If our understanding of human nature shifts, how does our understanding of the nature of God/Supreme Being also shift?
- Where do I follow tradition and where do I break new ground?
- When does my faith sustain me and when does it constrain me?
- What practices can my faith community engage in to accommodate a wide range of life experience and opinions?
The Guibord Center invites you to join us for a time of delicious vegetarian food and listening deeply to each other’s stories about the intersection of faith, gender and sexual identity. This is an evening of interfaith conversation—young adults and adults from all faith traditions are welcome to attend.
This event is free and open to the public. We thank our site partner, UCC Simi, a welcoming Christian congregation with connections to interfaith partners in the area.
To help us provide sufficient food and hospitality, please click below to register.
Please share the invitation with your circles.
A powerful voice is rising that meets misogyny without flinching, without apology or shame, without backing down.
We rise together as individuals and communities, women and men of all colors, faiths and backgrounds, to proclaim the sanctity of the Feminine in all people.
We say to those who would intimidate, injure or exploit the vulnerability of any being: “No More!”
Please join us for an extraordinary evening of healing and empowerment through music, dance and ritual.
We’re pleased to invite community organizations and individuals who share our common concerns to become event sponsors. Sponsors will be listed with their logo and/or name on this website, on our social media and in the program for the event.
Thank you to our event sponsors:
Author Philip Goldberg in Conversation with the Rev. Dr. Gwynne Guibord About His Latest Book
He was called “the 20th century’s first superstar guru” (Los Angeles Times), and today, nearly a century after he arrived in the United States, he’s still the best known and most beloved of all the Indian spiritual teachers who have come to the West. Now, finally, Paramahansa Yogananda has the authoritative biography he deserves.
His own iconic memoir, Autobiography of a Yogi, has sold millions of copies and changed millions of lives since its publication in 1946. But it doesn’t tell the whole story.
Much of Yogananda’s seminal text is devoted to tales about other people, and it largely overlooks the three vital decades he spent living, working, and teaching in America. Huge chunks of his life—challenges, controversies, and crises; triumphs, relationships, and formative experiences—remain unknown to even his most ardent devotees.
But this is more than a compelling life story. “Yogananda would, I believe, want any book about him to not only inform but transform,” Goldberg writes. “It is my hope that the readers will be enriched, expanded, and deepened by this humble offering.” That is sure to be the case for both Yogananda enthusiasts and those who discover him for the first time in these illuminating pages.
From The Life of Yogananda Jacket Copy
Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author. A reception with light refreshments will follow the program. Your RSVP/Registration helps us accommodate all our guests.
How To Be An Interfaith Ally
The recent shootings at two mosques in New Zealand, as well as similar tragedies at a Pittsburgh synagogue and other places of worship, have left many people with questions:
- What are some of the underlying similarities and crucial differences in these tragedies?
- How do I respond to friends and colleagues who are feeling afraid, angry, or hopeless about violence inflicted on their places of worship and communities?
- What can I do to increase solidarity in my circles and be a good interfaith ally in these hard times?
Join us for a homemade vegan lunch, deep conversation and some skill-building to become a better interfaith ally. 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 hosted by our partners at Ananda Los Angeles. It is free and open to the public. Please register in advance so we can provide sufficient food and seating. SEATING IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 40 GUESTS WHO REGISTER. Once we reach capacity you may contact Lisa to request to be added to the waiting list. Questions? Contact Lisa Patriquin, Program Director for Youth and Young Adults, at email@example.com or 508-776-7812 (calls only–no texts)
This is the main fundraising event of the year, and provides an opportunity to experience The Guibord Center in the amazing setting of historic St. John’s Cathedral.INFORMATION AND TICKETS
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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.
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 www.ananda.org/50th
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-776-7812 (calls only–no voicemail or text)
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.
With Dr. Daniel Walker and the Gospel Music Workshop of America Los Angeles Chapter
Gospel 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.WATCH THE VIDEO AND SEE PHOTOS