The Guibord Center's Ongoing Work to Challenge the Religious Justification of Violence Against Women


On Saturday, March 8, in Los Angeles The Guibord Center – Religion Inside Out will host an unprecedented and powerful interfaith ceremony to reject the violence against women and girls that pervades all boundaries of race, culture, and religion. “Saving Grace: A Faithful Response to Violence Against Women and Girls,” is an event designed and lead by women that will bring people of all faiths together to reclaim the sanctity of women and girls through profound ritual and the soul-stirring music and dance of Swing Brazil. The ceremony is open to the public and free of charge.

“This poignant ceremony will gather us together in unity to challenge the religious justification for violence and replace it with the hope and dignity that lie at the heart of all spiritual traditions,” said Rev. Dr. Gwynne Guibord, Founder and President of The Guibord Center.

Working with many faith leaders and women’s groups, The Guibord Center has boldly stepped forward take on this otherwise unspoken issue. This ceremony is part of their ongoing campaign to address the role that various clergy and faith traditions have played in the perpetuation of violence against women and girls. Other elements of the campaign include a powerful public service announcement video, a website of resources for those who want to be a part of the solution (video and website: and programs featuring world acclaimed experts on the topic including Dr. Amy-Jill Levine and Sister Joan Chittister.

In the three years since its inception, The Guibord Center – Religion Inside Out has quickly become one of the world’s leading centers of cutting edge interfaith exploration. The Guibord Center has created a groundbreaking new model that offers a wide array of dynamic and transformational programing that engages the mind, opens the heart and offers opportunities for direct experience. It has become a nerve center for world-renowned speakers, prominent religious and spiritual leaders, best selling authors, world-class artists, and breathtaking ceremonial beauty. All are offered to the community free of charge; they are all filmed and experienced by a global audience.
What: Saving Grace: A Faithful Response to Violence Against Women and Girls
When: March 8, 2014 7-9pm
Where: St. John’s Cathedral 514 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007


Laura Capps


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