The pilot year of the Spiritual Leadership Cohort Scholarship will begin in fall 2022. Assistant Chaplain Shaya Aguilar said the goal of the cohort is to teach students how to be faith leaders while also offering them mentorship along their journey.
Hub for Spiritual Life
Pepperdine has six student-led ministry groups on campus that fall under the direction of Inter-Club Council and the Hub for Spiritual Life. Recent Hub policy changes have shifted the groups’ operations in good and bad ways, leaders said.
The Well meets every week in the amphitheater Thursdays at 8 p.m. The goal of the Well is to foster a sense of community among the Pepperdine students, regardless of religious affiliation.
The Seaver 200 program aims to bring first and second-year students closer to their faith on campus and propel them toward pursuing their faith journey once they are no longer required to do so, said Associate Chaplain Rachel Collins. The spring semester will be the first opportunity for students to experience the new format.
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week creates awareness and advocates for greater protections for our neighbors with housing insecurity. Pepperdine offered short-lived service and enduring conversation to inspire change.
Pepperdine reorganized the Department of Student Affairs over summer 2021. Administrators said the changes were made with operations, budget and strategic priorities in mind, but affected personnel share confusion and hurt following the changes.
Pepperdine feels the strain of the declining pool of Church of Christ membership nationwide in its recruitment process. To combat this, Pepperdine utilizes programs like the Next Gen Preacher Search, Won by One and Crossways; however, this year’s fall enrollment census showed an alarming decrease in Church of Christ students.
Following the dropped Convocation chapel requirement for upper-level students and the launch of the Hub for Spiritual Life, students explore their faith in different ways on campus. While some are involved in student-led ministries or meet with chaplains at the Hub, others find themselves struggling to make the time.
Photo by Megan Williams Everyone has a story. Whether it’s untold or brought up in most conversations, a person’s story is unique and speaks to the ways the world has shaped them. This philosophy inspires Pepperdine Associate Chaplain Zachary Luben’s life, as he is one of thousands of Korean-Americans adopted shortly after the Korean War […]
Like many events at Pepperdine this semester, this year’s Step Forward Day looked different from the past. With obstacles such as COVID-19 restrictions and student skepticism due to the day being led by the Hub for Spiritual Life, Pepperdine’s core mission of students uniting to provide meaningful service held steady.