THE LGXP Is AN EXPERIENCE THAT WILL STRETCH AND TRANSFORM YOU.

The Level Ground Experience Pass (LGXP) was created to help connect festival attendees more deeply to the heart of Level Ground: to create dialogue, to inspire empathy, and to foster relationships across our many differences of identities and beliefs.  

Below you can read about the special presentations that will only be available to LGXP pass holders. You can also read about our amazing LGXP facilitators. 

 Learn more about the logistics of the pass and purchase yours here


- LGXP PRESENTATIONS -

WHY DOES SELF-ACCEPTANCE MATTER? by Candice Czubernat 

When we hear the words “loving yourself” most of us probably imagine some kind of pop-psychology guru that’s pretty cheesy, empty of any real meaning and irritating at best.  And yet as a therapist I have seen over and over again that to love oneself is actually one of the biggest spiritual battles we can engage in.  When done with vigor it has the potential to completely change our lives.  In our time together we will explore what gets in the way of us accepting the fullness of who we are, the impact a change can bring and how to start loving all the different parts of yourself.

CANDICE CZUBERNAT is a writer and web-based therapist having found The Christian Closet. Her life’s work has been around studying theology and psychology, grappling with how a LGBTQ identity can co-exist with a Christian faith. She lives with her wife and their 3 year old, boy/girl twins in Pasadena.


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FILM AS A CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICE by Leslie Foster

Liminal places, the breath between moments, the hesitation before a decision, the pause at a doorway—these are awkward spaces for most of us. However uncomfortable, I think these moments should be treasured, because beyond the discomfort, we can often find a rich silence, a place to explore and grow. 

Experimental film tends to live in an odd, liminal space. We’re never sure how to describe it (even those of us who create it) and it pushes us into uncomfortable, beautiful places. I’d like to invite you to join me to explore meditation in a unique way as we use art films as a way to create liminal, contemplative space.

H. LESLIE FOSTER II is an LA-based filmmaker and a co-founder of Traveling Muse Pictures and the Nomad Solstice art collective. He strives to make work that is both beautiful and uncomfortable. With over ten years spent in the film industry, Leslie is happiest when he's applying his knowledge and creativity in collaboration with other artists in order to tell unique stories. 


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Chase Joynt (left) with Michael Skoor (Center) and daughter Rebekah (Left)

Chase Joynt (left) with Michael Skoor (Center) and daughter Rebekah (Left)

BETWEEN YOU AND ME by Chase Joynt

In 2002, Pastor Michael Skoor was convicted of 20+ counts of child sexual abuse and sentenced to 29 years in a California state prison. Reeling from the aftermath of unthinkable trauma, his daughter Rebekah continues to ask questions. How do you love someone who has done terrible things?

Join filmmaker Chase Joynt, and subject Rebekah for a screening of BETWEEN YOU AND ME (15 mins) and a dialogue about faith, violence, forgiveness, and art as method of navigating seemingly-impossible territory. 

CHASE JOYNT is an internationally award winning filmmaker and writer. His latest two films Genderize and Between You and Me are now streaming live online with CBC Digital Docs. His first book, You Only Live Twice (co-authored with Mike Hoolboom) was published by Coach House Books and just named one of the Best Books of 2016 by The Globe and Mail and CBC. 


- LGXP FAQ - 

WHEN DOES THE LGXP HAPPEN?  

The LGXP happens in 12 hours over 3 days:

  • 4-6pm on Thursday, April 6 *includes dinner
  • 11am-6pm on Friday, April 7 *includes lunch & dinner 
  • 9am-noon on Saturday, April 8 *includes brunch

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

The LGXP includes four presentations, meals, facilitated group conversation, and exclusive film screenings. There will also be plenty of breaks and other sweet perks that we can't wait to surprise you with! 

WHO IS THIS FOR?

The LGXP is for anyone interested in listening, learning, and talking more deeply about some of the more difficult, less talked about intersections of faith, gender, and sexuality. 

If you're exploring what faith, gender, or sexuality mean in your own life, or if you're interested in connecting with people from diverse backgrounds and different perspectives, this is the experience for you! 

WHAT IF I CAN'T ATTEND THE WHOLE THING?

Ideally you can clear your schedule to be part of all 12 hours of the LGXP. If you have to miss, however, we ask that you not be absent for more than two of the hours. 

WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF THE FESTIVAL? 

With the LGXP you get free, priority access to all festival events (April April 4-8), none of which conflict with the LGXP times listed above. 

If you have any other questions, please reply directly to this email and we'll be in touch! 


- LGXP FACILITATORS -

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Joshua Beckett

I am a doctoral candidate studying Ethics and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. Beyond teaching and writing, my primary mode of self-expression is song.

 

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Jen Buck

I'm an Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at Azusa Pacific University. I have a PhD in Philosophy of Religion and Theology from Claremont Graduate University and an MDiv from Fuller Theology Seminary. I'm also the author of Reframing the House: Constructive Feminist Global Ecclesiology for the Western Evangelical Church (Pickwick, 2016).  

Cameron Gaebler

I am a queer Christian and a student at Fuller Seminary. In college I majored in physics, became a Christian, and came out for the first time. I have been married to my spouse, Leif, for three years. I enjoy cooking for people, crocheting, and binging on Netflix shows.


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Tamisha Tyler

I'm an artistic theologian, writer, producer and lover of people. I'm a doctoral candidate studying Theology and the Arts at Fuller Seminary.