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What Guides Us

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV)

It is through God's grace toward us that we are able to live and breathe. It is through God's power that we are able to impact each other, walk out our callings, and achieve our goals. In 2 Timothy 1:7, the Greek word for God's awesome power is δύναμις or Dunamis. We are committed to creating an environment that optimally supports the spiritual, scholarly, and professional development of all members of the Pepperdine community. Manifesting the creation of this environment requires invocation of and receptiveness to God's power. Learn how DUNAMIS summarizes our vision of a community of belonging for all Waves—past, present, and future.


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"D" is for Dialogue

OCB will engage in and facilitate grace-filled and authentic dialogue among Pepperdine's constituents to maximize mutual understanding, empathy, and collaboration. (Colossians 4:6)

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"U" is for Universitas

Members of the Pepperdine community have chosen to live, learn, and grow in a Christian academic environment. As we better understand our own roles and appreciate the roles of other Waves, both similar to and different from us, we create an excellent and resilient whole. We are one. (1 Corinthians 12:18-20)

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"N" is for Neighbor  

Our neighbors are not just those who vote, worship, look, talk, or love like us; our neighbors are all of humanity. We must put each other first and inculcate an "other-oriented" ethos, pathos, and logos (Matthew 22:36-40). We must do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than ourselves (Phillippians 2:3).

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"A" is for Agility

Agility requires our willingness to see old things in new ways and to try on different ways of thinking. It means cultivating a willingness and ability to hear, consider, and empathize with the needs of our brothers and sisters (Mark 2:2-6).

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"M" is for Mindfulness

Nothing "just happens"; intentionality is an integral part of making progress. In times of rancor, anger must not be met with anger. We must daily commit our minds to love and see the beauty in ourselves, our neighbors, and the entire Pepperdine community (Phillippians 4:8).

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"I" is for Imagination

Creating a better tomorrow requires allowing God to renew our minds and help imagine a better tomorrow. As we boldly examine today's reality, we must ask, "Tomorrow, how can we use our talents together to create a campus community where we praise God in our unique ways while living, learning, and collaborating to imagine, create, and sustain a haven of inclusive and faith-filled academic excellence? (Romans 12:2)

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"S" is for Service

"We are here to serve —period. Our gifts, intellect, and scholarship are for others. Our conversations and service projects should edify the other, as we serve, like Jesus, from a heart of humility and awe at the variety of Gods wondrous creation." (Matthew 25:35-40)

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