African Spiritual Roots of Gospel Music

African Spiritual Roots of Gospel Music

With Dr. Daniel Walker

Dr. Daniel Walker, Presenter, African Spiritual Roots of Gospel MusicGospel music is a powerful art form through which generations of African Americans have expressed faith and hope in the face of oppression. Join noted historian Dr. Daniel Walker as he traces gospel’s history back to its roots in Africa. A gospel choir will assist him in transporting us on a compelling musical journey.

Dr. Walker is a globally recognized scholar, artist and speaker. He is founding director of the Gospel Music History Archive at the University of Southern California Digital Library. Dr. Walker co-curated the 2018 California African American Museum exhibit How Sweet the Sound: Gospel Music in Los Angeles. He holds a PhD with distinction in Latin American and African American history from the University of Houston. Learn more at

The Dance of Life: Maypole Celebration

The Dance of Life: Maypole Celebration


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.

Faith At The Table: How to be an Interfaith Ally

Faith At The Table: How to be an Interfaith Ally

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  or 508-776-7812 (calls only–no texts)

Faith At The Table: Your Beliefs in the Workplace

EVENT POSTPONED, DATE TO BE DETERMINED How often do you have a chance to talk with your co-workers about your religious or other deeply held beliefs?   Are these comfortable conversations or do you feel like you have to keep quiet in order to avoid an argument or unwelcome pressure to change?  Do you know your legal rights regarding religious observance in the workplace?

Join us to share a delicious vegetarian meal and your experiences and questions with others who have navigated these sensitive issues.  People from all faith traditions and belief systems are welcome.  This event is free and open to the public.  Invite your co-workers and friends to attend!

Our site partners at the Masjid Al-Fatiha are graciously providing the main meal, so please RSVP using the link below to ensure there will be sufficient food and beverages.