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"Spiritual Life"

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Andrew K. Benton

Season 1 - Episode 1: Andrew K. Benton

Andrew K. Benton, President of Pepperdine University reflects on his call to Pepperdine, his intimate prayer life and sacred practices of finding God, and how his Christian faith influences his role as President.