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
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.
Seaver Graduate, Avery Davis Lamb ('16), presents the biblical invitation to care for and tend to the ecology of Creation, each other, and God.
Season 2, Episode 1 kicks off with the 8th President of Pepperdine University, Jim Gash and First Lady, Joline Gash. Jim and Joline share their vocational journeys, early memories that sparked their love, and their hopes and dreams for a new season of Pepperdine. Listen in as President Gash shares his dream to see Pepperdine as a unified body gathering with more intentionality towards worshipping and praying together.
Harmony Hill-Weber shares her journey of overcoming fear to step into her vocational calling as a chaplain, and the people God used to give her courage along the way.
In today's spiritual life podcast, Sara talks to Dr. Thema Bryant Davis and Dr. Mallory Wyckoff about the relation of sexuality to our spiritual lives, in particular, purity culture and the impact of sexual trauma on survivors' theological perception and spiritual formation. This podcast has advice and significance for every listener out there! Listen in as Dr. Thema and Dr. Mallory discuss the spiritual life as an embodied spiritual journey filled with study, the arts, ministry, worship, therapy, spiritual direction, and healing. If you would like a further resource related to the topic of sexual trauma, see Sara Barton's recent sermon by copying and pasting this link into your web browser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pTyrZU8H38&t=16s.