Rev. Dr. Gwynne Guibord founded the Guibord Center four years ago in order to discover religion from new perspectives, offering insights on many faith traditions practiced by different people and to bring people together to challenge assumptions, unleash the Holy and affirm the faith that transforms the world. Under her invitation, Hsi Lai Temple, along with 44 other religious organizations joined together as advisory council members. November 4, at St. John’s Cathedral, 28 members from 7 religions, held the board of directors and advisory council meeting. After a few words from Dr. Guibord as a short welcome, directors and advisors each took turns sharing their recent experience of cultivation in their daily lives. Some of them expressed health issues, some witnessed the violence around the country while one of the advisors appreciated the peace and calmness even in chaotic Uganda. Ven. Mankuang raised the question brought up by a Layola High School student – “Can religion bring more peace to this world while there is a lot of violence and war going on?” and asked all the members to contemplate on compassion for one minute.
Ms.Christine Budzowski, the video staff, reported on the outreach of the newly designed website, there are 69 high quality videos at Vimeo about different educational events which are shared with millions of people. About 30 new visitors view the website daily through computers and smart phones. Facebook draws more and more people who is interested in learning the true meaning of each religions. To celebrate its 125th year, St. John’s invited the advisors to attend and participate by gifting the Cathedral a prayer book from their own faith tradition and receiving a Book of Common Prayer in turn on February 6, 2016.
Another cheerful announcement came from Ms. Edina Lekovic, Director of Policy & Programming at the Muslim Public Affairs Council, and has spent the past 15 years helping Muslim Angelenos find their voice. Recently, she was honored as one of the Ten Most Inspirational LA Women of 2015.
After a few discussions from members and planning for 2016, all members agreed to meet again on May 11, 2016.