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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

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Rational Faith for Irrational Hopes: Praying Bigger Prayers During Times of Crisis

Olivia Robinson, Seaver College senior, reflects on how the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation has shaped her prayer life to move beyond what is probable and put her hope in God.

Daniel Perez

When Your Future is Unclear, Trust in the Lord

Daniel shares his thoughts about leaving Malibu and moving back to his parents’ home in Santa Paula, California due to the rapid spread of COVID-19. In this post, he reflects on Mark 16:1-8 and what it could possibly mean for disciples of Jesus today.

Rick Gibson

Cave Dwellers: Good Friday 2020

Rick Gibson reflects on living faithfully during Good Friday 2020. Rick shares how he is making sense of the Coronavirus pandemic through art, and he honors his mentor, Dr. Wayne Strom, who passed away of Coronavirus last week.

Elizabeth Smith

Sharing Stories about the World, in the Time of Coronavirus

Dr. Elizabeth Smith, Assistant Professor of Journalism at Seaver College, reflects on the power of storytelling in her own spiritual life and work as a journalist.

Dr. Lauren Amaro is Associate Professor of Communication at Seaver College, with expertise in health and family communication. She is spouse to Carlos and mom to Caleb and Naomi. Read more of her writing at www.laurenamaro.com.

Spiritual Rhythms in the Time of Coronavirus

Dr. Lauren Amaro, Associate Professor of Communication at Seaver College, reflects on how she is coping professionally and personally during the COVID-19 crisis and invites us to slow down and consider practicing Sabbath rest.

Pepperdine 2020 Seniors

Season 2 - Episode 5: Seaver College 2020 Seniors

Today's spiritual life podcast features four Seaver College seniors. Listen in as Sara asks students, Caroline Sisson, Matthew Pastor, Jared Lee, and Allison Lee to reflect on their spiritual lives and how they are processing recent interruptions to their senior year. 

Jennifer Berry Hawes

Season 2 - Episode 4: Jennifer Berry Hawes

Jennifer Berry Hawes shares remarkable testimonials from the 2015 shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Hawes recalls conversations with the three surviving victims and discusses her book, "Grace Will Lead Us Home: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness.”

Rachal Marquez (Seaver ’17)

Letting Go of the Pressure for a Purpose

“It is time we make room for the realization that “purpose” doesn’t have to be a vast idea of some grand calling in one’s career or in one’s faith, nor in the intersection of the two.” Rachel Marquez (Seaver '17), shares her journey to understanding and experiencing life with purpose as a daily calling.

Interfaith Panel

Season 2 - Episode 3: Interfaith Panel

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, Seaver '87

Career and Spirituality, Can They Coexist?

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.