It is with deep sadness that we received the news of the death of the Rev. Dr. Gwynne Guibord, ’99, Claremont School of Theology’s recipient of the 2010 Alumna of the Year award. Dr. Guibord, the founder and President Emerita of The Guibord Center – Religion Inside Out, died on August 15, 2019.
Gwynne was most passionate about interfaith work and devoted decades of her life to it, including founding The Guibord Center in 2010 to carry forward this calling. She worked with the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) on Jewish-Christian and Muslim-Christian dialogues. In 2017, when the NCC began exploring two new interfaith dialogues, Hindu-Christian and Buddhist-Christian dialogues in the West Coast, the NCC turned to Dr. Guibord and The Guibord Center to co-sponsor the dialogues.
CST President Jeffrey Kuan, who is the Christian co-convener of the Buddhist-Christian dialogue, says, “I had the privilege of working with Gwynne and witnessing her passion and commitment in ‘bring[ing] people together, to challenge assumptions, unleash the Holy, and affirm the faith that transforms the world’ (Mission of The Guibord Center). It was an honor to have known her and worked with her.”
Gwynne also co-taught one of CST’s largest classes, “Interreligious Dialogue and Leadership,” with Professor Najeeba Syeed, who said, “There are many words one could use to describe Dr. Gwynne Guibord; chief among them is honorable. I had the honor of teaching with her one semester, and sitting on so many panels I can’t count them (the last one on Mary last Christmas). Really no one has done more than she has in LA to advance peace between religions. May she rest in power; it’s a sad day for our city.”
Gwynne leaves behind her wife, Dr. Lo Sprague, who recently succeeded her as president of The Guibord Center, and many colleagues and friends across all religious traditions.
A Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated by Bishop John Harvey Taylor at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24 at St. John’s Cathedral, 514 N. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles 90007.