Did ya hear the news?
(You know it has to be big for me to postpone my “Halloween Memories” blog post.)
The news … Pepperdine University has named a new chaplain, and her name is Sara Barton!
Pepperdine, a Church-of-Christ-affiliated school, has given a post of spiritual leadership to a woman. How awesome is that?
After hearing about this, I went online to learn more about the chaplain’s office at Pepperdine. I clicked on the staff link, and every single person on the page was a woman. 3 for 3. 100%. I felt like Rip Van Winkle, coming awake after a 20-year nap. Where have I been? How did this happen? A place of spiritual leadership that is completely staffed by women? How awesome is that?
This feels like a step in the right direction … a more progressive and spiritually healthy path … becoming more and more a church where both men and women have a voice.
Now I’ve never been to Pepperdine*, but I do hope to get out there one day. I don’t know exactly what things look like in Malibu, CA, but I do have an image forming in my mind. I picture a young guy, a student, sitting in a packed auditorium. There’s a faint sound of ocean waves crashing in the distance. This young man closes his eyes for a moment and hears the voice of a woman speaking the words of Christ into his life. It’s a moment that changes him forever.
How awesome is that?
Sara’s previous guest-post on my blog can be found here: http://growingupcofc.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-woman-called.html
* Tony Kornheiser, an ESPN and DC-area sports-talk guy, calls Pepperdine the most beautiful college campus in America.