Partnerships with Educational Institutions
An important goal of The Guibord Center is to increase opportunities for interfaith education and dialogue for elementary and secondary students. To that end, The Guibord Center is building strategic partnerships with local private schools in order to meet students where they are already active and have a supportive community for developing interfaith awareness. The following are school partners with whom The Guibord Center is in the process of planning activities for 2018:
Campbell Hall (Studio City)
Campbell Hall is an independent, co-educational K-12 day school affiliated with the Episcopal Church that emphasizes academic excellence and spiritual formation, and is committed to fostering a community that honors the diversity of the human experience.
The Guibord Center is partnering with them to:
Provide speakers for an interfaith panel for middle schoolers to dialogue with young adults from Muslim, Hindu and Sikh communities;
Resource a senior seminar on World Religions, including setting up field trips to houses of worship, dialogues with youth groups from various traditions, and assistance in supplementing curriculum for the course through the rich video resources available for free on The Guibord Center’s website;
Organize volunteers from a variety of faith traditions for Campbell Hall’s annual Book Week to read stories to elementary children on the theme of kindness and compassion.
New Horizon School (Pasadena)
New Horizon School is a fully accredited, National Blue Ribbon school (Preschool – 8th grade) that offers both academic excellence and a firm grounding in moral and ethical values according to Islamic principles. New Horizons School has interfaith partnerships with The Weizmann Day School (Jewish) and St. Mark’s School (Episcopal).
The Guibord Center has been working with the leaders of New Horizon School, Weizmann Day School and The Harambee School to hold a two-hour interfaith event for 5th and 6th graders in April 2018. The students will learn how the teachings of Mohammad, Moses and Jesus demonstrate the importance of Commitment, Compassion and Contemplation in building a life of faith in God, and consider how to apply these values to their own lives on a daily basis.