Dr. R. Scott Colglazier

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R. Scott Colglazier is Senior Minister of First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. The church shares a thriving campus with Pilgrim School, the most diverse private school in the state of California. He has served a number of churches throughout his career, most notably University Christian Church in Fort Worth, Texas, one of the largest churches in the country, and the famed Riverside Church of New York City.

He is the author of several books, his most recent is A Dictionary of Faith: For Open-Hearted, Open-Minded People. He is also author of the popular spirituality blog Take a Breath.

Dr. Colglazier has been the featured speaker at many of the nation’s great churches, and highlighted on CNN, The Today Show, CBS Morning Show, The Advocate, as well as in The New York Times. He is an outstanding leader of small groups, and recently led an extraordinary retreat in Tuscany titled: Rediscovering the Fire of Everyday Life.

Dr. Colglazier is especially interested in the relationship between religious faith and the larger cultural life of Americans. He is known as a progressive, optimistic, and healing person of faith, and uses a breadth of resources, including art, poetry, photography, music, film, psychology and Interfaith awareness to inspire and challenge people.

Throughout his career, Dr. Colglazier has served many boards and community organizations, including Boards of Trustees at Texas Christian University, Brite Divinity School, Christian Theological Seminary, and is the first Christian clergyperson to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Holocaust Museum. He has also served local chapters of Habitat for Humanity and Planned Parenthood. Beyond his graduate degrees from Christian Theological Seminary, Dr. Colglazier has spent extensive time at the Esalen Institute and Tassajara Zen Center.