Photo courtesy of JJ Wong
The Week of Peace, Hope and Justice continues through Saturday, with several events and talks focused on community and service.
To host the week, the Volunteer Center partnered with the Intercultural Affairs Office to promote racial and social equality, solidarity and community.
Tonight, School of Law Professor Jeff Baker and Oscar Mondragon of the Malibu Labor Exchange will host a panel on “Bearing the Cross: Living a Life of Justice” in Elkins Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. To end the day, Pepperdine alumnus Alain Datcher, will lead The Well at 7:30 p.m. in the Amphitheater.
Friday will start off with a 10 a.m. Celebration Chapel at the Amphitheater, led by Sara Barton, the Pepperdine University Chaplain. It will be followed by the Peace, Hope, and Justice Coffeehouse, to be held at the Sandbar at 6 p.m., where Jimesa Coxsey, the ICA graduate programming adviser said, “students will perform pieces that represent the themes of the week.”
Saturday is the last opportunity for the Pepperdine community to volunteer as part of the week.
According to PVC Assistant Director Justin C. Schneider, students will get the chance to help at the Coastal 5/10K Run/Walk for Foster Youth.
They will be able to “help at the race with whatever they might need,” such as “registration, cheer on the runners, and hand out t-shirts.”
The week began on Monday, dubbed the National Day of Service, where participants dedicated to volunteering with Voices of Refugees in Anaheim.
According to the PVC, students who participated took care of handing out snacks for refugees, where they had the chance to “interact, get to know them better and treat them like a friend.”
Tuesday was a day devoted to Peace. The Peace, Hope, and Justice Fair was held in Mullin’s Town Square, where several non-profit organizations, such as United Way, UNICEF and LIVESTRONG Foundation, shared how they planned to “bring awareness to the major themes” of the week, said Edward Adutwum, the ICA intern.
Later that afternoon, the Health & Wellness Center and Student Health Advisory Board hosted a Healthy Happy Hour, where students had the chance to participate in the week through prayer and meditative activities such as yoga.
Finally, at 6 p.m., Bishop Darrel L. Bush led the MLK Chapel and shared his thoughts on peace in Stauffer Chapel.
On Wednesday, Bush spoke about the day’s theme of hope as the convocation speaker at chapel. At 1 p.m., the Volunteer Center offered a trip to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, where students had the opportunity to reflect on social problems such as racial intolerance and inequality as they heard the personal story of a Holocaust survivor, and had the opportunity to ask questions.
Throughout the week, students posted their experiences on social media using the hashtag #PeaceHopeJustice for a chance to win a photo contest offering gift cards as prizes.
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