The Guibord Center – Religion Inside Out founded by the Reverend Dr. Gwynne Guibord is an independent California non-profit corporation located in one of the most religiously and spiritually diverse cities in the world – Los Angeles. The Guibord Center – Religion Inside Out is dedicated to creating and upholding a sacred space in the public square that honors The Holy in The Other. It is a place of meeting and interaction for an extraordinary variety of spiritual and religious traditions.
Unlike many other wonderful interfaith educational institutions that have as their final goal to define differences and similarities between faiths and facilitate a spirit of cooperation and collegiality, our intention is something more – it is not only to enable people to hear each other’s religious or spiritual voices without fear or intolerance but with openness to the presence of The Holy – to experience the Holy through the eyes of the Other. We will achieve this by inviting participants from different spiritual and faith traditions into an environment that is not only academic and cognitive but also close and personal – that involves the “heart” as well as the “head”, where participants can come to trust and respect one another. Such openness will not only deepen one’s own faith but also encourage multiple faiths to play a constructive role in shaping our collective life and doing the good works that all religions and spiritual practices believe in. Turning religion inside out will deepen our own personal and collective faith experiences and serve to free our communities from prejudice and hatred.