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Pepperdine Volunteer Center Hosts Annual Week of Peace, Hope, and Justice

Peace, Hope, Justice

Beginning Monday, Jan. 20, the Pepperdine Volunteer Center (PVC) will host the annual Week of Peace, Hope, and Justice, a Pepperdine tradition of over ten years. The event will last the duration of the week, ending on Friday, Jan. 25. The week's events and activities will focus on issues of injustice and recognizing individuals whose lives have promoted worldwide equality.

"We hope the Week of Peace, Hope, and Justice will promote thought, and encourage students to consider the different ways they can serve and the different issues of social justice across the world," says PVC development intern Anneleise Graf.

Kicking off the week of events is the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, an initiative started by Congress in 1994, which transforms the federal holiday honoring Dr. King into a national day of community service grounded in his teachings of nonviolence and social justice. The goal is to bring together people of all ages and backgrounds in service activities to improve lives, bridge social barriers, and move our nation closer to the "Beloved Community" that Dr. King envisioned.

For more information about the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and to register, visit the Volunteer Center website.

This year's Day of Service will take place Monday, Jan. 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will lead Pepperdine students to the Skid Row community, where they will work alongside the Union Rescue Mission in Downtown Los Angeles. Students may sign up for this event at the Volunteer Center on the Malibu campus.

On Tuesday, Jan. 21, Joslyn Plaza will host the Peace, Hope, Justice Fair, which will feature an information session and giveaways from local nonprofit organizations at 11 a.m.

At 6 p.m., Bishop Darrell L. Bush will provide a perspective of God's power and grace and share God's word concerning peace, hope, and justice at the annual MLK Chapel in Stauffer Chapel. With his work as a Chaplain in the LA County Prison system, Bush has a very comprehensive perspective on contemporary issues, such as incarceration that will give allow students to think critically about justice in the judicial system.

On Tuesday, Jan. 21, and Thursday, Jan. 24, event participants will have the opportunity to exercise their creativity and commemorate their participation in the Week of Peace, Hope, and Justice by putting their handprints on the ROCK, outside the Waves Café.

Continuing the week of events is a presentation by Urban Light, an organization based in Thailand dedicated to restoring, rebuilding, and empowering the lives of young men affected by sex trafficking. On Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 5 p.m., two representatives from Urban Light will share about their ministry in Thailand and their work helping young men avoid trafficking by providing education, shelter, and health services to those already working in the red light district.

A screening of Under the Same Moon, a film examining issues of illegal immigration, will take place at 7 p.m. in PC 190 on Wednesday. Tomas Martinez, Seaver College professor of psychology, will facilitate a discussion immediately following the film.

Thursday's activities will begin with the launch of a 24-hour prayer service, which will provide participants time to serve the global community through prayer. The PVC encourages participants near and far to join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #pepperdineprays. Sign-ups begin at 11 a.m. at Adamson Plaza.

Hosted by The Well, the Pepperdine community is invited to experience worship from a variety of different student organizations Thursday at 9 p.m. in the Amphitheatre.

The 2014 Week of Peace, Hope, and Justice will conclude with an art exhibit in Adamson Plaza on Friday, Jan. 25. There, visitors may view artistic expressions of Peace, Hope, and Justice as created by participants throughout the week. Art supplies will also be provided for those who wish to participate.

For more information, contact Anneleise Graf at (310) 506-4143.