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As part of the Conservancy’s 20th Anniversary celebration, we are excited to announce the next installment in our award-winning Mosaic series! An Enduring Spirit: the Church in Ocean Park will tell the story of this spirited congregation’s evolution from a traditional Protestant flock to the cradle of social consciousness it is today. The program will air live via Zoom on Sunday, August 28, at 5 p.m. 

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Established in 1899, the Ocean Park Methodist Church built the existing Church in Ocean Park (CIOP) building at 235 Hill Street in 1923. Today, CIOP is widely recognized as the birthplace of Santa Monica’s 1970s progressive movement and has been at the center of many causes that have shaped the city. The church is a contributor to the city’s largest Historic District and is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.


An Enduring Spirit: the Church in Ocean Park features a lineup of speakers who will talk about CIOP's history, mission, programs and the church's positive impact in the community. Panelists include CIOP minister Rev. Janet Gollery McKeithen; Conservancy Board Member and Santa Monica historian Nina Fresco; a former leader with the Church’s LGBTQIA+ program, Roger Gawne; and a parent involved with the Church’s Rockstar Kids program for children with disabilities, Julie Ginsberg.