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Men As Learners and Elders (M.A.L.Es) in Southern California.

We reclaim the spiritual initiation of men through experiential journeying into the True Self, creating a tradition for future generations.

We commit to:

  • Directing men in lifelong spiritual learning.
  • Training men to be Elders.
  • Maintaining ongoing relationships with program participants.
  • Providing Men’s Rites of Passage.
  • Developing additional rites as needed.

We believe:

  • Every man is a Beloved Son of God.
  • Men are capable of serious spiritual journeys.
  • Our message is grounded in the Christian Paschal Mystery while integrating the symbols and rituals from other religions and cultures.
  • Men must seek to improve their conscious contact with God through prayer and meditation.
  • Men must have the affirmation and guidance of wise mentors.
  • Men have a need and responsibility to mentor future generations.
  • In a universal message of love and faith that transcends the boundaries of race, nation, culture, gender, economics/class, politics, sexual orientation and religious differences.
  • Men must seek honest mutuality in their relationships with women in thought, word and deed.
  • Men must recognize and critique their own power with regard to women, minorities and the poor, and use their power for justice in the world.
  • There is a need for collaborating with like-minded groups and other faith traditions.