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
J. A. T. Smith, Associate Professor of English, reflects on the power of renewal to strengthen relationships, however flawed they may be.
Dr. Kevin Wong, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, reflects on an experience that reminded him Jesus understands us in this time of pain.
Junior Hattie Pace connects her relationship with art to her relationship with God, discussing how she remains confident in God’s ever-inspiring and renewing presence.
Natalie Hagedorn, Operations Manager for the Student Care Team and Title IX Office, describes how, despite difficult circumstances, she overcame feelings of numbness and realized that God had not forgotten her.
Dr. Chalak Richards, Assistant Dean for Student Life, Diversity, and Belonging, encourages others to embrace the process of renewal during times of adversity by acknowledging interruptions, developing new visions, and trusting God's plans.
On the two-year anniversary of the Borderline shooting, Seaver College Junior, Annabelle Childers reflects on the question she often asks herself, "What kind of person am I after this?"
To our community members who have bravely shared stories of racial trauma in university public forums and on social media accounts, as spiritual caregivers, we want you to know that we pray over your experiences and are introspective about our own roles in creating a beloved community. In response to the sin of racism, we seek justice, we seek peace. Read more for a message from your chaplains and spiritual life leaders.
Dr. De Long shares examples of hospitality that provide spaces of welcome, inclusion, and belonging while we experience social distancing.
Cynthia Colburn, Professor of Art History at Seaver College, shares some words of encouragement during "Safer at Home" in Malibu, California.
Today's spiritual life podcast features Pepperdine Student leaders and members of the Student Wellness Association Board (SWAB). Listen in as Sara asks Seaver students, Giuliana Golon, Amanda Fricker, and Morgan Clinton to reflect on their experiences with SWAB at Pepperdine and what it means to engage the spiritual as part of wholistic health.