Groups &
Community Life

Groups &
Community Life

Groups & Community Life

Not Just Sunday Friends

At The Loft, we strive to truly be integrated into each others’ lives throughout the week. Our theology centers on the belief that spiritual growth and transformation happens when our community is in conversation. Conversation starts on Sunday mornings, but is taken to deeper levels in Loft Groups throughout the week. Please browse the group descriptions below to find one (or two or three!) that is right for you. Feel free to join at anytime during the semester and to “group hop” until you find the right fit. ALL ARE WELCOME.

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If you’d like to see what Loft groups are meeting online this week, CLICK HERE. For more information, please contact Josh Lopez-Reyes at josh@theloftla.org.

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Last Monday of the Month (7pm).
Leaders & Hosts: Bryan M. Montano-Maceda and Ashley R. Metoyer
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What to expect: Co-ed by Loft community members, Ashley R. Metoyer and Bryan M. Montano-Maceda, the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Healing Community is a brave space that prioritizes personal and collective healing with, for, and by BIPOC. For oppressed folx like BIPOC, the personal is political. Hence why we aim to provide self-care and community-care by promoting solidarity, liberation, and revolutionary outlooks. We are not a therapeutic support group; we are a comunidad (community) that engages in radical inclusive conversations, such as religion, spirituality, politics, and culture. To create a brave space for BIPOC, this group is for ‘self-identified’ BIPOC only. White allies, friends, and family are asked to respect the intention for this group by not attending. Please check the weekly enews and our social media platforms for other events. For the next four months we will focus on the following conversations: Religion (August), Spirituality (September), Politics (October), and Culture (November). If interested, PLEASE CLICK HERE for more information.
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Bryan M. Montano-Maceda (he/him/his) is a first generation Indigenous-Latino (Quechua people of Bolivia) that is dedicated to uplifting BIPOC voices and communities through advocacy in all areas of his life. Bryan is a culturally inclusive and holistic social worker, community organizer, program evaluator, public speaker, and consultant.
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Ashley R. Metoyer (she/her/hers) is a first generation Black woman who is dedicated to delivering services through a social justice lens. Ashley is a Licenced Clinical Social Worker and has more than 15 years of experience working with diverse youth and families.
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If interested, contact: Josh Lopez-Reyes at josh@theloftla.org

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Tuesdays (7:30pm).
Hosts: Allison and Jeff Arnold
Discussion Leader: Alex Smith
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What to expect: Conversation, pizza, alcohol and friendly people – not necessarily in that order. Jeff and Allison are experts at welcoming people into their home, as are their two adorable doggies! We create free flowing conversation around Sunday topics that gets everyone involved. Our motto is: not all problems can be solved, but all problems can be discussed on Tuesday nights!
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If interested, contact: Josh Lopez-Reyes at josh@theloftla.org

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Every Other Sunday (4:30-6:30pm).
Leaders and Hosts: Bobbi and Owen Shiflett
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What to expect: Enjoy a potluck dinner and discuss Sunday topics, current events, and the joys and concerns of life. If you’re a fun professional living in or near Culver City, consider this a safe space to get all the worries off your chest, be encouraged, and celebrate what’s going well in life.
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If interested, contact: Josh Lopez-Reyes at josh@theloftla.org

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Wednesdays (Dinner & Discussion – 7pm).

Discussion Leaders: Emily and Josh Morales
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What to expect: This group is home to all the Lofters living or working on the eastside of town…and we like to eat! Come for dinner, fellowship and discussion about Sunday topics. Spoiler alert: we occasionally watch videos together too! We want to truly “do life” together and we’d love it if you joined us!
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If interested, contact: Josh Lopez-Reyes at josh@theloftla.org

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Every Other Monday (7:30pm) Culver City.
Host & Leader: Katie Hooten
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What to expect: Momming is hard! We juggle all the chainsaws, many times without an audience to see the seemingly impossible accomplishments in a single day. This is a bi-weekly gathering of moms who set aside time to look each other in the eye and say, “I get you.” Each gathering will consist of drinks and eats, informal catch up, and a relevant discussion topic guided by a selected article, podcast, poem, or art piece. The goal is to take a breath on the journey, get and give encouragement, and leave refreshed to face all the joy and challenge that makes momming so amazing.
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If interested, contact: Josh Lopez-Reyes at josh@theloftla.org

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Last Thursday of the Month (8-9:30pm) Culver City.
Host & Leader: Tim Hooten
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What to expect: If you identify as a dad with infants thru school-age kiddos, bring a bevvie to share for a good hang while we solve the world’s problems or create new ones. Occasionally we’ll meet at a pub.
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If interested, contact: Josh Lopez-Reyes at josh@theloftla.org

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Thursdays (8pm – feel free to arrive anytime after 7:30pm) Beverly Hills.
Host: Julia Black
Co-leaders: Julia Black & Whitney Unruh
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What to expect: This will be a time for those who identify as women in our community to connect outside of Sundays. Ladies, please feel free to invite your girlfriends outside of our community as well. We might read an article or discuss current events, but most importantly, let’s relax, drink wine, and enjoy each other.
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If interested, contact: Josh Lopez-Reyes at josh@theloftla.org

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Every 1st Sunday of the Month (12pm)
Organizers: Khamila Ii and Josh Lopez-Reyes
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What to expect: Interested in learning more about the contributions of people of color theologians? Then join this group where we will read and listen to thought-provoking POC theologians and practitioners. ALL ARE WELCOME to be a part of these important conversations!

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If interested, contact: Josh Lopez-Reyes at josh@theloftla.org

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Last Monday of the Month (7:30-8:30pm) Zoom Video Call
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Want to help curate our Loft Sunday morning gatherings? We are part of a community that has an abundance of gifts, resources, and talents, and we are asking for YOUR help to continue to create a brave space of inclusion, support, and welcome for our community. To RSVP and receive conference call details email Josh Lopez-Reyes at josh@theloftla.org

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Third Wednesday of the Month (6:30pm)
Location: Bars/Restuarants typically in West LA
Organizers: Jasmine Shah, Brett Gibson, Westley Garcia, Whitney Unruh, Joshua Edwards, Julia Black, Jonathan Crisman
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What to expect: Okay, so, you know how you go out for a handful of drinks with friends on a weeknight? Well, this group is basically that. We don’t have structure beyond a start time, and even then it’s a drop-in type event. We meet up to hang out (and drink). And after a few, we have some pretty wild conversations; think social theory, institutional critique, quantum physics, pop culture, and sure, sometimes we talk about spirituality. But mostly, we’re there building relationships and forming friendships. So come join us!
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If interested, contact: Josh Lopez-Reyes at josh@theloftla.org