Easter Week at Pepperdine

Next week we will have several opportunities to observe Jesus’ journey to the cross, as we prepare to celebrate Resurrection Sunday on April 8.

Monday, April 2 at 2pm in Stauffer Chapel we’ll gather for our annual University Easter Week Service. We will hear a message from Tom Stipanowich, Director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, be led in song, and share prayer and scripture with faculty, staff and students. The University Concert Choir’s voices in our chapel is always a highlight of my year.

Thursday, April 5, The Glazer Institute (and maybe Judaic Cultural Awareness Club?) will host a Passover Seder at Alumni Park the Seaver Cafeteria at 2pm. “Featuring presentations from students highlighting Passover traditions from around the world, attendees will also be able to participate in the Seder and eat a full meal prepared by students.” This will be a wonderful opportunity to understand the meaning of the Seder, the setting of the “Last Supper” and Maundy Thursday, to contemporary Jewish celebrants around the world.

Pepperdine University Concert Choirs and the Colegium Musicum present “They That Sow in Tears Shall Reap in Joy,” Music for Holy Week, on Thursday, April 5 at 7:30pm. This performance will feature works by Bach, Purcell, and other master composers of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, beautifully reflecting the themes of Holy Week.

On Good Friday, I’m excited about a new initiative with Human Resources. From 8:30-10:30AM, we will take a group of 60 Pepperdine employees to Serra Retreat for a time of quiet prayer, meditation and reflection. If you’re interested, please register here.

Friday, April 6, Hung and Corinne Le and the University Church of Christ will host a Seder meal in Fireside Room for the community and families in which each portion of the meal will be accompanied by readings from the Haggadah and reflections on how the Jewish Passover traditions anticipate Jesus’ life and ministry. Hung and Corinne are some of our most welcoming hosts, but please check with them before attending so they can plan for you.

We anticipate that many in our community will join their churches for Palm Sunday, special days throughout the week, and next week for Easter Sunday. A list of local faith communities is available here.

The University Church of Christ, meeting weekly at the heart of campus, provided this invitation:

Resurrections are forever!
You are invited to join the University Church of Christ in celebrating Easter. This Sunday, April 8, come to the Firestone Fieldhouse at 10:15 a.m. for a time of worship, teaching, and celebration that the Lord has risen!

May God guide our hearts and minds through the week, as we engage this story of Jesus’ free gift of love and God’s delivering hope.


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