COMMUNITAS will bring together a cohort of early career pastors (i.e., in the pastorate
from 5-12 years) from the greater Los Angeles area for a series of brief retreat-seminars
spaced out over a two-year period beginning in November 2019 and ending in March
2021. These sessions will utilize Pepperdine faculty and staff who have particular
expertise related to the topic under discussion and/or a relationship with the selected
business and community leaders from the greater Los Angeles area to engage in direct
conversation with these young leaders.
The first meeting of each two-year series will be a three-day, two-night session (Monday
afternoon-Wednesday afternoon) focused on orienting pastors to the program itself, building
community among the program participants, and familiarizing participants with concepts related to organizational and community leadership and change. Most other sessions will begin on Tuesday mornings and end on Wednesday afternoons, with each session devoted to a particular social issue that is important and relevant to the community (final session will begin on Monday evening). The program also includes a 5-day, 4-night trip to Washington, D.C. in July 2020 to examine issues of national and international importance.
Accommodations and Meals
The retreat-seminars will be held at the Villa Graziadio Executive Center on Pepperdine's Malibu
campus, situated in a tranquil setting at the highest point of the campus with both mountain and
ocean views. This full-service executive conference center provides the perfect setting for study,
reflection, conversation, and community building.
All participants will have a private room with queen bed. All session meals and accommodations travel to Washington D.C. are free of charge, thanks to a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.
COMMUNITAS: Cohort Three
Session 1: ENGAGING A VIBRANT COMMUNITY OF FAITH
Organizational and Community Development and Leadership
November 11-13, 2019
Dr. Gary Mangiofico, Graziadio School of Business and Management, Pepperdine University
As former Associate Dean of Fully Employed and Executive Programs and a Practitioner Faculty of Organizational Theory and Management, Dr. Mangiofico brings more than 20 years of experience leading strategic development, operations management and integration, and turnaround operations solving complex challenges as a CEO, COO, and as a general management executive for both start-ups and Fortune 50 companies.
Session 2: RECLAIMING HOPES AND DREAMS
Education and the Future of Our Community
January 28-29, 2020
Dr. Anthony Collatos, Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Pepperdine University
Teaching in the master of arts in education program at GSEP, Dr. Collatos' research involves the Futures Project, an eight-year longitudinal study that looked at creating alternative pathways for first-generation urban youth to more effectively navigate the K-16 educational pipeline. A former secondary social studies instructor, coach, and college access advisor for low-income youth, Dr Collatos is well-versed in issues related to the Los Angeles area school systems.
Session 4: FAITH IN OUR CAPITOL
Travel to Washington, DC
July 13-17, 2020
Staying at Pepperdine's facility on Pennsylvania Avenue, just up the street from the White House, cohort members will have the opportunity to engage national civic leaders, explore our capitol, and discuss how national policy affects the church and issues faced by the citizens of Los Angeles.
September 12, 2020
Pastors will have the opportunity to bring their families to the Malibu campus for a fun day of community, swimming, playing in the park and eating BBQ!
Session 5: WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR?
Immigration and the Church
October 13-14, 2020
Dr. Miguel Gallardo, Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Pepperdine University
Dr. Gallardo is a Professor of Psychology and Director of Aliento, The Center for Latina/o Communities. He teaches courses on multicultural and social justice, intimate partner violence and professional practice issues. Dr. Gallardo's areas of scholarship and research interests include understanding the psychotherapy process when working with ethnocultural communities, particularly the Latina/o community and in understanding the processes by which individuals develop cultural awareness and responsiveness. Dr. Gallardo is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Gallardo served 6 years on a Governor appointed position on the California Board of Psychology.
Session 6: NOT IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD
Sustainability and Poverty
January 19-20, 2021
Dr. Christopher Doran, Seaver College, Pepperdine University
As a Professor of Religion at Pepperdine's Seaver College, Dr. Doran teaches courses related to Christianity and Sustainability, Christian Ethics and Theology and Science. Dr. Doran's interests lie in the Christian response to the ecological crisis and public policy related to environmental ethics. His recent book, Hope in the Age of Climate Change: Creation Care This Side of the Resurrection, addresses the need for Christian response and responsibility in light of our hope derived from the Resurrection.
Session 7: HEAD AND HEART
Navigating the World of Non-Profits
March 22-24, 2021
Dr. Regan Schaffer, Seaver College, Pepperdine University
Dr. Schaffer is Professor of Organizational Behavior and Management and Director of
the Nonprofit Leadership Collaborative, which exists to prepare Pepperdine students for a life of service personally and
professionally while strengthening the impact of the nonprofit sector in our community.
She engages her students in community-based scholarship and has partnered with over
500 nonprofit organizations on collaborative projects. Her research interests include
curriculum design and assessment, nonprofit management strategies, and leadership