The SCIC is the oldest and largest interfaith council in Southern California. In 1953 the council was first established as an ecumenical council – meaning that it was an organization comprised of only churches representing the various denominations of the Christian faith. But in 2004, with a historical vote made by the community, the council changed from ecumenical one to an interfaith council. The SCIC now has an association of more than 140 faith communities and organizations, encompassing over 35 cities and serving approximately 1.8 million people.

We continue, today, to pride ourselves in creating communities of compassion among people of different faith and cultures. Continue Reading

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South Coast Interfaith Council

759 Linden Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813
Phone: (562) 983-1665

Email: info@scinterfaith.org
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm

Good Samaritan Counseling Center


Rev. William Scar, D.Min, Good Samaritan Counseling Center, Therapist
Lyle Rapp, MFT, Good Samaritan Counseling Center, Therapist
1350 W. 25th, San Pedro, 90732
Phone: (310) 514-3000

Therapy, Workshops, Adult Education
People seek help when they have run out of answers to the questions that have caused pain, sorrow, and confusion in their daily lives; answers to questions about the future and the meaning of life and hope.

It is a reality that people do not seek therapy as a first solution to a perplexing problem. Most people have many personal options and resources, and usually these resources are sufficient to help individuals through difficult situations. Even when a counselor might be most helpful to assist in a life crisis, more often than not a professional counselor is not consulted until everything else has already been tried and all the emotional resources of the individual or family have been utilized.

It is also at times like these that people resist the traditional ministry of the church and often times avoid a trusted priest, pastor, or spiritual teacher. Indeed, It is precisely at times like these that a clinically qualified pastoral counseling center can be the means through which divine power comes to persons in crisis.

What Do We Believe?
Divine power has to do with creation, crisis, renewal, and transformation. God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, but we are invited by God to heal and become new creatures. Pastoral counseling is about change and answers.

The ironic truth is that nobody really wants to change. We like to imagine that we are basically OK and that we just need a little fine-tuning. “Dear God, please show me the error of my ways, but don’t ask me to change.” Consequently, even if we could change everything and everyone else around us, our own inner feelings would not necessarily become better.

When you are hurting inside, unless you can accept the need for change, you will continue to hurt yourself and eventually the others around you. The answer to this dilemma is a belief in spiritual power that is greater than we are. This is because human beings, even the best intentioned, will still fail each other. The willingness to risk real change and become well will always be a spiritual experience.

We Believe in Healing
Our goal as clinicians at a pastoral counseling center is to journey with people in privacy and safety until they are able to personally benefit from the spiritual power that has always been there for them.

Our Methods of Healing
Psychotherapy is literally the work of changing the soul. Our clinical skills always serve the belief that God will be with people in the process of change and that there will be new answers to life’s problems that are not yet known. True healing is about our faith.

Another vital component in healing is education. As such, our staff members are also skilled in providing workshops and adult education for clergy, clinical professionals, and the general public in your community. We conduct these in settings that include churches, courts, self-help groups, civic groups, volunteer organizations, conferences, print media, radio, television, and other valid public forums.

The major topics of our presentations include:

  • Current clinical issues of concern
  • Roles of religious professionals
  • Legal issues affecting caregivers
  • The definitions of healing and therapy
  • The theology of health care
  • Dynamics of abuse and survival
  • Gender and personal relationships
  • Child/adolescent development
  • Grief, loss, and the life cycle
  • Stages of faith development
  • Conflict resolution in churches
  • Professional ethics
  • Parenting and family values
  • Endings and beginnings

Counselors and Therapists
Rev. Dr. William C. Scar
Ordained Pastor in the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod in 1971; Doctorate from LSTC in Pastoral Counseling in 1984; Diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors; Diplomate in the College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy; Approved Supervisor and Clinical Member in the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy.

Rev. Scar has served for nine years in different inner city ministry settings. He has been in the pastoral counseling field since 1980 and trained at the Menninger Foundation. Since 1984, he has directed pastoral counseling centers and was the founding Director of the Good Samaritan Counseling Center. He has special interest in the use of holistic clinical principles in the treatment of major mental illnesses and character disorders. His other primary interest lies in families at risk of breakup. Additionally, he enjoys training and supervision of clinicians in interdisciplinary settings.

Workshops and Program Interests: Child Development; Court and Clinical Relations.; Adolescent Issues; Spiritual roots in Clinical Change; and the Bible and the Ministry of Counseling.

Lyle R. Rapp
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1986; Obtained Master’s degree in Counseling from California State University, Fullerton in 1983.

Mr. Rapp has worked with diverse clientele with a wide variety of concerns and problems and in doing so has developed a successful working methodology for adolescents. In addition, he works in-depth with issues concerning marriage and family discord. He has an expertise in the areas of communications, family and group systems dynamics. In recent clinical development, the area of spirituality has been added to his therapeutic work. He has taught at California State Universities, in Fullerton and Long Beach for a total of 10 years on subjects pertaining to Counseling and Psychology.

Workshops and Program Interests: Temperament Theory; Effective Communications; Family Systems and Dynamics; and Effective Parenting Skills.