This dinner event will mark The Guibord Center’s 10th year with a program honoring the Rev. Dr. Gwynne Guibord, Founder, who passed away in August 2019. Remembering Gwynne will be a celebration of Gwynne’s tireless work in creating The Guibord Center.
Tahil Sharma, Young Adult Advisor to The Guibord Center and Faith Program Manager for Brave New Films, will lead the discussion.
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!
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.
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.