Inspiring Stories: Healing Our World

The Guibord Center – Religion Inside Out and IslamiCity welcome you to a new season of storytelling and guided conversation about the real-life issues we encounter as we work to heal our world. In each session, people from various spiritual and ethical traditions will share their personal stories. You’ll also have a chance to share your own experience in a small group. We’ll reflect on the wisdom we find in our traditions and how to apply it in our own lives. 

The Guibord Center is an interfaith organization dedicated to opening hearts and minds. We’re partnering with IslamiCity, a global Muslim e-community, to bring together people with rich spiritual backgrounds and diverse perspectives for this second season of conversations focused on the challenges connected with healing our world. 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.

Facing Climate Change

April 14, 2021

The Introduction

The Stories

The Conversation

Allis Druffel

Allis Druffel

Allis Druffel Allis joined California Interfaith Power & Light in 2009 and serves as Southern California Outreach Director. She has been involved in environmental issues for two decades and in 2008 spearheaded the Los Angeles Catholic Environmental Ministry. Allis...

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David Partida

David Partida

David Partida David is an arts educator for P.S. Arts, a nonprofit organization serving students in underrepresented communities. He teaches visual arts to students from pre-K through middle school and to adults, and also coaches elementary and middle school teachers...

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Mona Bennani

Mona Bennani

Mona Bennani Mona obtained her MS in environmental peacebuilding from New York University and received her permaculture design certification from the Center for Ethical Living at Zaytuna College in Berkeley. She most recently worked as a sustainability educator with...

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Exploring Gender Equality

March 10, 2021

Rabbi Yechiel Hoffman

Rabbi Yechiel Hoffman

Rabbi Yechiel Hoffman Rabbi Yechiel Hoffman, EdD, is U.S. Director of Jewish Interactive, an online platform with a mission to offer high-quality Jewish and Hebrew education to children everywhere. Rabbi Yechiel empowers individuals to embark on personal journeys...

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Dr. Raja Bhattar

Dr. Raja Bhattar

Dr. Raja Bhattar Dr. Raja Gopal Bhattar (pronouns they/them/their) is a nationally recognized higher education leader, advocate, consultant and author. Their work focuses on intersectional identity development and the experiences of LGBTQ people, immigrants,...

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Rosa Manriquez

Rosa Manriquez

Rosa Manriquez Rosa Manriquez is a third generation Latinx mother and grandmother from East Los Angeles. An ordained Roman Catholic priest and a member of Roman Catholic Womenpriest, she is a celebrant for Holy Wisdom Catholic Community. But Rosa’s main focus is...

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Nurjahan Boulden

Nurjahan Boulden

Nurjahan Boulden Nurjahan Boulden grew up belly dancing. It was a source of personal empowerment that she dreamed of sharing with the world - until a bullet stopped her in her tracks. She was shot with an assault rifle in a random attack at age 21. The depression,...

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Addressing Cancel and Call-out Culture

February 24, 2021

The Introduction

The Stories

The Conversation

Zachary S. Ritter

Zachary S. Ritter

Zachary S. Ritter Zachary S. Ritter is Associate Dean of Students at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He also teaches social justice history there and at UCLA. He recently co-edited Marginality in the Urban Center: The Costs and Challenges of Continued...

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Rev. Michael Reid Trice, PhD

Rev. Michael Reid Trice, PhD

Rev. Michael Reid Trice, PhD Rev. Dr. Michael Reid Trice is Associate Professor of Constructive Theology and Theological Ethics and Director of the Center for Religious Wisdom and World Affairs at Seattle University. He is the founder of Religica.org, a platform...

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Marium Mohiuddin

Marium Mohiuddin

Marium Mohiuddin Marium F. Mohiuddin is the Regional Communications Director for the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region where she works on disaster response, biomed relations and preparedness. Marium has worked in communications and publishing for the past 25...

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The Power of Nonviolence

January 27, 2021

The Introduction

The Stories

The Conversation

Merilie Robertson

Merilie Robertson

Merilie Robertson Merilie Robertson, a social justice advocate and retired teacher, taught science at Forman High School for Girls in Lahore, Pakistan for 11 years, followed by 11 more years at the Community School in Tehran, Iran. On her return to the United States,...

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Daibik Chakraborty

Daibik Chakraborty

Daibik Chakraborty Daibik Chakraborty is currently a second-year student at UCLA studying public affairs and economics. He has a love of public speaking and civil discourse and plans to enter the legal field after graduation. Daibik is a member of the Vedanta...

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Milia Islam-Majeed

Milia Islam-Majeed

Muslim- Executive Director, South Coast Interfaith CouncilMilia Islam-Majeed is the daughter of immigrant parents who migrated here in 1986 from Bangladesh. She has since then lived in the United States spending most of her childhood and adolescence in the small...

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Rabbi Susan Goldberg

Rabbi Susan Goldberg

Rabbi Susan Goldberg is the founder of Nefesh, an open-hearted spiritual community capturing the energy and vitality of LA’s Eastside. A fourth-generation Angeleno, she focuses on revitalizing the area’s Jewish community to again be an active part of these...

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