Inspiring Stories for Uncertain Times

The Guibord Center is partnering with IslamiCity, a global Muslim e-community, to bring together people with rich spiritual backgrounds and diverse perspectives for this series. We hope this virtual collaboration will serve as a model of spiritual and interreligious engagement and mutual enrichment that unites our communities in faith and hope for a better world.

Introduction

Rabbi Neil’s Story

Tasneem’s Story

Rev. Kathy’s Story

Tahil’s Story

Tasneem Noor

Tasneem Noor

Tasneem Noor is Program Co-Director for NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership For Change. Raised in Pakistan, India, and Dubai, she is an Interfaith Minister in Residence with the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, an award-winning author, and founder of Noor...

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Rev. Kathy Cooper-Ledesma

Rev. Kathy Cooper-Ledesma

The Rev. Kathy Cooper-Ledesma has served as Senior Pastor of Hollywood United Methodist Church since 2006. She has been a committed leader in national interfaith bridge-building, as well as homelessness and poverty efforts in Hollywood and Los Angeles. Storyteller,...

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Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels

Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels

Rabbi Neil Comess Daniels is rabbi emeritus of Temple Beth Shir Shalom in Santa Monica and a Guibord Center Advisor. He brings his passionate expression of Judaism, strong sense of social justice, and commitment to interfaith and interracial relations to the pulpit....

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Tahil Sharma

Tahil Sharma

An interfaith activist, Tahil Sharma was born to a Hindu father and a Sikh mother. Following the Oak Creek, WI shooting at a Sikh temple in 2012, Tahil became involved in efforts for interfaith literacy and social justice. He has done this work professionally for the...

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Introduction

The Stories

The Conversation

Rev. Angie Buchanan

Rev. Angie Buchanan

Rev. Angie Buchanan, an Advisor to The Guibord Center, is a Founder and the Spiritual Director of Earth Traditions, a Pagan church. She also founded Gaia’s Womb, an interfaith spirituality group that has been producing women's spiritual retreats for over 20 years. A...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Acknowledging Anger

Introduction

The Stories

The Conversations

Dr. Beth Ribet

Dr. Beth Ribet

Dr. Beth Ribet is the director and cofounder of Repair, a nonprofit that engages in research, education, and advocacy regarding health challenges, health disparities and disabilities resulting from systemic violence, exploitation and inequity. A lecturer in gender...

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Jennifer Ortiz

Jennifer Ortiz

Jennifer Ortiz is a teacher and writer whose work and spiritual practice are informed by principles of equity, justice, and the power of the personal narrative. A homebred Angelena, at age 17 she moved to Oakland, California, to attend Mills College. “Attending an...

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Bishop John H. Taylor

Bishop John H. Taylor

The Right Reverend John Harvey Taylor began ministry as seventh bishop of the six-county Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles on Dec. 1, 2017. He invites the diocese’s 65,000 parishioners, 400 clergy, 130 congregations, 30 schools, and affiliated social-service agencies...

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Imam Jihad Turk

Imam Jihad Turk

Imam Jihad Turk is the founding president of Bayan Islamic Graduate School in Claremont, California, and a nationally known leader and public speaker. Previously, Jihad served for many years as Religious Director of the Islamic Center of Southern California, the...

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Exploring Fear

Exploring Fear

Introduction

Aziza’s Story

Sura’s Story

Terry’s Story

The Conversation

Sura Das

Sura Das

A Guibord Center Advisory Council member, Sura Das has represented the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) for many years. He also has long been fervently active in the interfaith community. Currently,  he serves as Vice President of Culver City...

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Aziza Hasan

Aziza Hasan

Aziza Hasan, named an influencer by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, is the executive director of NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership For Change. She has extensive experience in program management and coalition building. An experienced mediator and conflict...

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Terry Opalek

Terry Opalek

Terry Opalek is a student, teacher, writer and presenter of metaphysical and spiritual truths. His spiritual pilgrimage began at age 15 and continues evolving to this day. Terry takes his hard-won life lessons and spiritual development to others through workshops,...

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Introduction

The Stories

The Conversations

​Rev. Jaimie Crumley

​Rev. Jaimie Crumley

​Rev. Jaimie Crumley is a black feminist intellectual historian who is currently a PhD student in the Department of Gender Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her work focuses on the lives and theological visions of free African American Christian...

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Hana Doueiri

Hana Doueiri

Hana Doueiri is currently a high school senior in San Bernardino, CA. She has been involved in speech and debate for many years and has competed at multiple regional, state and national levels. Her speech on religious intolerance and the importance of protecting...

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Christine Stark

Christine Stark

Christine Stark is an award-winning writer, researcher, visual artist, and international speaker with Anishinaabe and Cherokee ancestry. Her cultural and spiritual roots infuse her creative, nonfiction, and academic writing, much of which focuses on Native women,...

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Duncan Ryūken Williams, PhD

Duncan Ryūken Williams, PhD

In addition to serving as Professor of Religion and East Asian Languages and Cultures at USC, Duncan Ryūken Williams, PhD is director of the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture. Formerly chair of USC’s School of Religion, he earlier held the...

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Introduction

The Stories

The Conversations

Kandee Lewis

Kandee Lewis

Kandee Rochelle Lewis is the award-winning Executive Director of the Positive Results Corporation (PRC). Her spiritual belief in Father/Mother God, Mother Earth and our ancestors, and her lifelong sense of being greatly blessed, have allowed Kandee in turn to share...

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Dany Doueiri, PhD

Dany Doueiri, PhD

Born in the Congo, Dany Doueiri, PhD grew up in Lebanon. He pursued his college education in the United States, completing his doctorate in Islamic studies at UCLA in 1996. He is a professor of Arabic and Islamic studies and an executive board member of the Center for...

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Andrea Hodos

Andrea Hodos

After five years as program co-director at NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change, Andrea Hodos recently became associate director. She co-facilitates NewGround’s MAJIC high school leadership council as well as its Professional Fellowship. Andrea has...

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Tim Phillips

Tim Phillips

Tim Phillips co-founded Animal Defenders International (ADI) together with Jan Creamer. With offices in Los Angeles, London, Lima, and Bogota, ADI also built the 455-acre Wildlife Sanctuary in South Africa for rescued lions and tigers. For almost 40 years,Tim has...

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