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
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.
Dr. Helen Easterling Williams, Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, explores seeking divine direction in every aspect of her life.
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.
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.
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.
Pastor Tate, Founding Pastor at Fellowship Church Monrovia, discusses starting a multiethnic, intergenerational church, the value of finding God in and through community, faith deconstruction and religious cynicism, and going after greatness in service of one another.
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.