Table setting

The Open Table

To understand Pepperdine University, one must first understand its identity with Churches of Christ and its rich heritage born out of the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement. This frontier movement, which began in the United States during the Second Great Awakening of the early 19th century, pursues a vision of historic Christianity that is non-denominational in character. The original founders of the Restoration tradition lamented the divisiveness found in denominational loyalties—working to break down walls around often arbitrary differences—and attempted to recapture the unity of the early church through biblical principles they deemed to be at the center of Christian life.

With a heritage rooted in this Restoration ideal, Pepperdine affirms several foundational principles born out of this movement that guide our vision for higher education and the journeys of our students. None, however, is more essential than the sacrament of faith found in the Lord's Supper. Indeed, it is the vision of communion as an open table that perhaps provides our greatest asset for faith-based higher education.

At the open table, everybody is welcome. The open table idealizes a steadfast commitment for a welcoming community, and through it, the University remains centered in the gracious gifts of God and the tenets that unite us rather than divide us.

As a Christian university, Pepperdine invites everyone to gather around our open table where guests are treated with the respect and kindness that we have been called to show one another. Every individual has a seat at this table, and as it becomes a space where lives intersect and knowledge is discovered, we use it to fortify the strength found in our differences and uncover the virtues revealed in diversity, unity, and restoration.