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).
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 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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Thursdays (7pm – feel free to arrive anytime after 6:30pm) 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 Other Monday (8pm) West LA.

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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Sundays (9:30am) Room 301
Leader: Rachel Gipson, MSW
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What to expect: It can be really hard to be human. Each week as we gather on Sunday, we bring the weight of the anxiety, joy, concern, hope, fear, and anger created in the previous week with us. Let’s come together to unload, process, support, and encourage. This support group has no agenda, action items, or plan. We aren’t problem solving or debating. We are listening and connecting over the feelings and experiences that we share as fellow humans. It is an open space for the community to use as they need, and to clear our minds and hearts in order to be more present during the worship that follows. If you are human, this support group is for you. All are welcome!
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If interested, contact: Josh Lopez-Reyes at josh@theloftla.org

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Every 2nd Sunday of the Month (11:45am)
Location: Westwood UMC, Room 207
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! Our current book study is James Cone’s The Cross and the Lynching Tree.

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If interested, contact: 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

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Wednesdays, January 30th and February 6th
Location: The Stalking Horse Brewery (10543 Pico Blvd., LA)
Led By: Pastor Chris Spearman and Rabbi Joel Nickerson
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What to expect: Religious people of all traditions understand there is an intersection between spirituality and sexuality. Traditions have responded with taboos, boundaries, rules, and moralizing. However, different traditions have different approaches and destinations. That’s what Theology on Tap is all about – learning about ourselves through the stories of others. Leading up to Valentines Day, we’re hosting a two-part conversation called “Two Positions On Sex: A Christian and Jewish Perspective”. Maybe we can find a better, more holistic and spiritual way to be lovers through our traditions (not just in spite of them).
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If interested, contact: Josh Lopez-Reyes at josh@theloftla.org