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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

Cynthia Colburn, PhD

Words of Encouragement During Covid-19

Cynthia Colburn, Professor of Art History at Seaver College, shares some words of encouragement during "Safer at Home" in Malibu, California.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.