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.
It has been over a year since students gathered for Convocation, and a decision has not been announced about the future of spiritual life at Pepperdine. While students like the spiritual aspect of the University, they don’t want to feel forced to practice religion.
Students and staff breakdown how they stay connected to their faiths as Pepperdine begins a second remote semester. With in-person resources like Spiritual Life Advisors and convocation absent, students seek community and spiritual growth through virtual student-led ministries and interpersonal connection.
Fresh Faces features first-year and transfer students in an effort to unite Pepperdine students, regardless of where they are. This installment introduces first-year Zach Tapp, an actor who is passionate about the arts and business and talks about his recent involvement in the Pepperdine community.
The student-run ministry Word Up is finding its foundation and setting its goals for this semester and next. As its leaders create these goals, they are adjusting to the online format and continuing to provide students with a space for worship.
Word Up offers students a haven for worship.