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 real-life issues we encounter in working to heal our world. In each session, people from various spiritual and ethical traditions share their personal stories. Attendees also have a chance to share their experiences 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 partnered with IslamiCity, a global Muslim e-community, to bring together people with rich spiritual backgrounds and diverse perspectives. Our second season of conversations focused on the challenges connected with healing our world. We hope this collaboration will serve as a model of interfaith engagement and enrichment that unites communities in faith and hope for a better world.

Addressing the Wounds of Racism

June 23, 2021

The Introduction

The Stories

The Conversation

Candace Carnicelli

Candace Carnicelli

Candace Sofia Carnicelli is a longtime peace activist and nonviolence practitioner, artist and educator. She considers herself an omnist - one who recognizes and respects all religions and the sacred truths on which they are established – and ascribes to the Dalai...

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Rev. Mark Hong

Rev. Mark Hong

Rev. Mark Hong immigrated from South Korea in 1971 and grew up in Southern California. For 34 years, he has ministered to both Korean-speaking immigrant congregations and English-speaking next generation Korean American and multiethnic congregations. Rev. Hong began...

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Mohammed Abdul Aleem

Mohammed Abdul Aleem

Mohammed Abdul Aleem is CEO of Human Assistance & Development International (HADI). HADI has been working since 1991 to build bridges of understanding through humanitarian and educational projects. Two of the organization's flagship projects are IslamiCity and...

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Seeking Immigration Justice

May 26, 2021

The Introduction

The Stories

The Conversation

Mary Tanagho Ross

Mary Tanagho Ross

Mary Tanagho Ross is a senior staff attorney at Public Counsel, a pro bono law firm. In this role, she represents immigrant children in state and federal proceedings, securing and protecting their rights. Mary has been at the forefront of federal litigation...

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Jonathan Fein Proaño

Jonathan Fein Proaño

Born and raised in Ecuador, Jonathan A. Fein Proaño has worked with immigrants and in immigrant justice for the last 11 years. Currently, he is Integration Manager at the International Rescue Committee in Los Angeles (IRC-LA). He oversees an innovative department that...

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Facing Climate Change

Facing Climate Change

April 14, 2021

The Introduction

The Stories

The Conversation

Allis Druffel

Allis Druffel

Allis Druffel joined California Interfaith Power & Light in 2009 and serves as Southern California Outreach Director. Involved in environmental issues for two decades, in 2008 she spearheaded the Los Angeles Catholic Environmental Ministry. Allis has a special...

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David Partida

David Partida

David Partida 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. In addition, he coaches elementary and middle school teachers...

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Mona Bennani

Mona Bennani

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

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Exploring Gender Equality

The Introduction

The Stories

The Conversation

Rabbi Yechiel Hoffman

Rabbi Yechiel Hoffman

Rabbi Yechiel, 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 through meaningful collective...

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Dr. Raja Gopal Bhattar

Dr. Raja Gopal 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, first-generation students,...

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Rosa Manriquez

Rosa Manriquez

A third generation Latinx mother and grandmother, Rosa Manriquez grew up in East Los Angeles. She is an ordained Roman Catholic priest, a member of Roman Catholic Womenpriest, and a celebrant for Holy Wisdom Catholic Community. But Rosa’s main focus is outside the...

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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, anxiety, and...

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Cancel and Call-out Culture

Addressing Cancel and Call-out Culture

February 24, 2021

The Introduction

The Stories

The Conversation

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 Whiteness in the...

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Rev. Michael Reid Trice, PhD

Rev. Michael Reid Trice, PhD

Rev. Michael Reid Trice, PhD, 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 committed to amplifying...

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Marium Mohiuddin

Marium Mohiuddin

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

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The Power of Nonviolence

The Power of Nonviolence

January 27, 2021

The Introduction

The Stories

The Conversation

Merilie Robertson

Merilie Robertson

A social justice advocate and retired teacher, Merilie Robertson taught science at Forman High School for Girls in Lahore, Pakistan for 11 years. Following that time, she spent 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 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 community in Los Angeles....

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Milia Islam-Majeed

Milia Islam-Majeed

In 2008, Milia Islam-Majeed became Executive Director of the South Coast Interfaith Council (SCIC), California's largest and oldest interfaith council. The daughter of parents who immigrated from Bangladesh, she grew up in small-town Fulton, Missouri. Milia earned her...

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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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