Embedded in all of our days, weeks, and years are opportunities to grow deeper in faith and closer in community. And we often take advantage of this special, transitional time of the year to commit to new spiritual habits—to devote time to God and to our spiritual growth.
We have an astounding number of faith resources available in this community among our faculty, staff, students, and guests. So this year, I am launching a spiritual life podcast and blog that will make those resources more widely available across our five schools, in hopes that we can better support and connect to one another in our spiritual lives. It is my hope that the regular messages may encourage and teach you something new on your commute, afternoon walk, or lunch break.
-Sara Barton, University Chaplain
Dr. Lauren Amaro, Associate Professor of Communication at Seaver College, reflects on how she is coping professionally and personally during the COVID-19 crisis and invites us to slow down and consider practicing Sabbath rest.
Today's spiritual life podcast features four Seaver College seniors. Listen in as Sara asks students, Caroline Sisson, Matthew Pastor, Jared Lee, and Allison Lee to reflect on their spiritual lives and how they are processing recent interruptions to their senior year.
Jennifer Berry Hawes shares remarkable testimonials from the 2015 shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Hawes recalls conversations with the three surviving victims and discusses her book, "Grace Will Lead Us Home: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness.”
“It is time we make room for the realization that “purpose” doesn’t have to be a vast idea of some grand calling in one’s career or in one’s faith, nor in the intersection of the two.” Rachel Marquez (Seaver '17), shares her journey to understanding and experiencing life with purpose as a daily calling.
Three professors from Pepperdine's Rick J Caruso School of Law, Professor Michael Helfand, Dr. Sukhsimranjit Singh and Professor Tiffany Williams discuss Pepperdine's Christian mission and spiritual experiences from their diverse faith traditions. They share wisdom from their own experiences an Orthodox Jew, a Sikh, and a Christian.
Sylvia Franson, Vice President, Advertising Sales at NBCUniversal writes of her experiences joining together her spiritual life and her career. Franson offers advice often shared with students she mentors through Pepperdine’s Career Coaching Program, where she teaches students how to prepare themselves for their careers and the real world.
Peter Thompson, Director of the Pepperdine Volunteer Center, shares his journey of life with brain cancer and the remarkable ways he has discovered God and the redemptive power of Christ in the midst of uncertainty.
Fr. Greg Boyle, founder of the largest gang rehabilitation center in the world, discusses the radical power of kinship. "Father G" as he is most commonly referred, shares his own formation journey and calling into vocational ministry. His stories and experiences of finding God in all things are sure to inspire any listener towards a life of radical kinship.
Jonathan Kwok (Seaver '17), currently serves as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Lesotho, Africa. In this blog post, Jonathan reflects on what service in community has meant after college and how he seeks to embody Pepperdine's values.
Steven Zhou (Seaver ’15 and ’17), shares three primary lessons learned from gaining a Christian higher education at Pepperdine University.