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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

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's recent sermon at this link 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. who was on campus for the W. David Baird Distinguished Lecture Series.

Nate Barton

How Uganda Taught Me About the Real Effects of Climate Change

In this blog post, Nate Barton (Seaver '16 and SPP '18) connects environmental policy to ethical responsibilities for people of faith.

Season 1 - Episode 6: Seaver Students Hope Mueller and Olivia Robinson

Season 1 - Episode 6: Seaver Students Hope Mueller and Olivia Robinson

In this podcast, University Chaplain, Sara Barton talks to Olivia Robinson (Seaver College, 2020) and Hope Mueller (Seaver College, 2019) about their spiritual journeys. Olivia reflects on her recent Pepperdine TEDx talk and her hopes for love as a strategy for reconciliation. Hope talks about what it was like to be the first female Christopher Parkening classical guitar student and how her Christian upbringing was stretched and affirmed while at Pepperdine.

Whitney Young Groves meets with women in Washington DC to listen to their stories and presentations to US Congressional and government leaders

Advocacy as a Spiritual Practice

Seaver Graduate, Whitney Young Groves ('17), Advocacy Associate with World Vision USA, presents the biblical imperative to advocate on behalf of others and reflects on her role as an advocate for gender equality.

Propaganda

Season 1 - Episode 5: Propaganda

Poet and Hip Hop artist, Jason Petty, better known as “Propaganda,” shares his spiritual biography, journey to Hip Hop and few behind the scenes insights to some of his music.

Dean Helen E. Williams

The Intersection of the Spiritual and the Physical in Everyday Life

Dr. Helen Easterling Williams, Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, explores seeking divine direction in every aspect of her life.

Dr. Tuan Hoang

Reflections on Unity in Community through Artistic Expressions of the Last Supper

Dr. Tuan Hoang, Assistant Professor of Great Books, Seaver College, comments on the complex nature of pursuing unity in Christian community by reflecting on two distinct historical paintings of the Last Supper.