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 be matched to a group or get more information, please contact Josh Lopez-Reyes at josh@theloftla.org.

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Tuesdays (7:30pm)

Resumes Tuesday, September 25th

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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 (5pm)

Resumes Sunday, September 30th
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Leaders and Hosts: Bobbi and Owen Shiflett
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What to expect: 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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Every Other Tuesday (Dinner at 6:30 – Discussion at 7:30pm)

Resumes Tuesday, September 11th
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Discussion Leaders: Emily and Josh Morales
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What to expect: This small group is home to all the Lofters living east of the church…and we like to eat! Come for dinner and fellowship at 6:30 and stay for discussion about Sunday topics at 7:30. 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 Thursday (7pm – feel free to arrive anytime after 6:30pm) Beverly Hills

Starting Thursday, September 13th
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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 Other Monday (8pm) West LA

Resumes Monday, October 1st
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Host & Discussion Leader: Paige Spearman
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What to expect: Our kids are all different ages and we are all different kinds of moms: stay-at-home moms, working moms, sharing-custody moms, single moms! But what connects us is our sisterhood and the desire to navigate motherhood with grace. Oh yea, and we want to drink wine and eat cheese, too. We’ve discussed clothes, partners, dealing with exhaustion and friendships. Occasionally, we just have fun, doing a game night, a bonfire or an old-fashioned show-and-tell!
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If interested, contact: Josh Lopez-Reyes at josh@theloftla.org

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Sunday, October 14th (12:30-1:30pm)
Location: Westwood UMC Campus, Room TBA
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? From Black Liberation to Mujerista to Indigenous and Womanist Queer Theologies, these important voices are often left out of the mainstream interpretation of the Divine in both academic and church circles. During this group, we will read and listen to these thought-provoking theologians and practitioners. ALL ARE WELCOMED to be a part of these important conversations. During our first meeting we will decide on the topic for our Fall meetings.
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If interested, contact: Josh Lopez-Reyes at josh@theloftla.org

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Biweekly on Wednesday or Thursday*
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: Not gonna lie, we’re definitely the group that has the most irresponsible fun during the week. It takes a special kind of person to go a few rounds on a weeknight but we form deep bonds and have great conversation. If you’re not the drinking type, join us for delicious happy hour food and great people. *Date and locations are sent via email the week before.
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If interested, contact: Josh Lopez-Reyes at josh@theloftla.org

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Date/Time: Coming Soon!
Location: The Stalking Horse Brewery & Freehouse
Discussion Leader: Pastor Chris Spearman
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If interested, contact: Josh Lopez-Reyes at josh@theloftla.org