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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

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.

Judy Ho

Embracing Spiritual Resilience

Are you in a rut in your spiritual life? In this blog post, Dr. Judy reflects on the role our varying personalities play in our spiritual development and offers ideas for building spiritual resilience.

Dr. Soong-Chan Rah and Daughter, Anna Rah

Season 1 - Episode 4: Soong-Chan Rah

Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, Seaver College parent and seminary professor at North Park University, shares the reasons he is excited for his daughter to attend Pepperdine, and his research as an experienced pastor and academic on topics including lament, authenticity in worship, faith deconstruction and religious cynicism, and the globalization of the Christian movement in modern history.

Abagail M. Gibson

Communicating the Complexity of Faith as a Historian

Abigail M. Gibson, Master’s student at University of Oklahoma, shares how her perspective as an historian has contributed to the ways in which she understands herself, her faith, and the complexities of life itself in the age of social media.

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Season 1 - Episode 3: Dr. Tabatha Jones Jolivet and Dr. Chris Collins

Dr. Tabatha Jones Jolivet and Dr. Chris Collins discuss their new book, “White Jesus: The Architecture of Racism in Religion and Education.” They share their personal experiences with the cultural construction of a white Jesus-figure and some of the a white Jesus-figure is affecting America today. Drs. Jolivet and Collins share their vulnerable experiences deciding on the book’s cover and invite us to draw deeper into intersectional community life.

Jeffrey R. Baker

How Practicing Law Teaches Me to Love My Neighbor

Professor Jeffrey R. Baker, Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Director of Clinical Education, reflects on the complexities of individuals through his lens as a lawyer, leading us to deeply reflect on the call to love our neighbor.

Kacie Scherler

What Stillness is Teaching Me About Purpose

Kacie Scherler, Seaver 2013, MS at GSEP 2016, shares of her circumstances leading to a life of physical stillness and the many profound lessons God is teaching her in recovery.

Christina Littlefield

Truth, Having Nothing to Fear From Investigation, Should Be Pursued Relentlessly in all Disciplines

Christina Littlefield, Associate Professor of Communication and Religion at Seaver College discusses her experiences as a truth-seeker, connects biblical teachings to being a truth-seeking journalist, and reflections on finding God in questioning.

Mike Cope

The Spiritual Practice of Paying Attention

Mike Cope, Director of Ministry Outreach at Pepperdine University, offers reflections on how Jacob's unawareness to the presence of God in Genesis 28 inspires us to slow down and pay attention to God’s glory around us.