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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

Peter Thompson

Malignant Brain Tumor

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

Season 2 - Episode 2: Father Greg Boyle

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)

Serving in Community as a Global Citizen

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)

How Christian Higher Education Prepared Me for the Real World

Steven Zhou (Seaver ’15 and ’17), shares three primary lessons learned from gaining a Christian higher education at Pepperdine University.

Avery Davis Lamb (Seaver '16)

May The Climate Crisis Be A Moral Opportunity to Build The World We Are Called to Build

Seaver Graduate, Avery Davis Lamb ('16), presents the biblical invitation to care for and tend to the ecology of Creation, each other, and God.

Jim and Joline Gash, President and First Lady of Pepperdine University

Season 2 - Episode 1: Jim and Joline Gash

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

Fear and Courage: Companions on the Journey

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.

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Season 1 - Episode 8: Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis and Dr. Mallory Wyckoff

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.

Dr. Jooho Lee

Glorifying God with Life and Possessions

Dr. Jooho Lee shares his thoughts on the relationship between possessions and God’s desire for generous living, reminding us that all aspects of creation are owned by God.

Eboo Patel

Season 1 - Episode 7: Eboo Patel

This spiritual life podcast features Sara's conversation with author, speaker, educator, and interfaith leader, Dr. Eboo Patel. Eboo founded Interfaith Youth Core on the idea that religion should be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He is inspired to build this bridge by his identity as an American Muslim navigating a religiously diverse social landscape. On the podcast, Sara asks about Eboo's spiritual practices, the role of his mother's faith in his life, and his hopes for the young people to whom he devotes his life.