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Please contact the leader listed for the Club Convo to sign-up for the group. Sign-ups are on a first-come, first-serve basis until full.  

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When Helping Hurts

01/18/2017 - 2/22/2017

Wednesdays, 4:00pm, Main Campus (Pepperdine Volunteer Center)

Contact Info: Lara Bergeron, 214-732-6535, lara.bergeron@pepperdine.edu

Over the course of this club convo, we will explore the book When Helping Hurts, which discusses modern day poverty alleviation. Poverty is much deeper than simply the lack of material resources, which means we must reassess our efforts. This book will extend our conversation of poverty to new realms - physical, relational and spiritual.



03/16/2017 - 4/20/2017

Thursdays, 4:00pm, Counseling Center

Contact Info: Jeff Williams, (310) 506-4210, jeffrey.williams@pepperdine.edu

Want to improve your relationships? This 6 week group will give you the tools you need to build and maintain healthy boundaries with the important people in your life. Learn to navigate conflict and closeness with integrity and Christian values.


My Body, My Temple (For Both Genders This Semester!)


Fridays, 6:00 pm, Tapout Fitness Woodland Hills

Contact Info: Abi Smith, (310) 506-4303, abi.smith@pepperdine.edu

The aim of this club convo is to provide students with the tangible tools to achieve the peace of mind and confidence that comes from learning to defend their bodies from physical evils. There will be a focus on the way that Biblical healing encompasses physical, mental, and spiritual health. Specifically, we will work with Pastor Benjamin Brown to understand the way that physical health and protection intersects with and supports our relationship with Jesus.

Students will meet at Tapout Woodland Hills at 6pm on Fridays, beginning March 10th, to participate in a series of six weekly, 45 minute self-defense classes from Benjamin Brown, one of the first MMA instructors in the world. Benjamin is a Grandmaster, He has a 10th Degree Black Belt in the Filipino Martial Arts, a 3rd Degree in Karate, and a Jiu Jitsu Black Belt. Following the class, students will meet to discuss the physical-spiritual connection (1 Corinthians 6:19,20) and the importance of honing our ability/willingness to protect our own bodies. We will ground discussions in Biblical text.

Students who attend all 6 courses will receive official Tapout Self-Defense Certification. Each student is responsible for paying an instruction fee, which is being offered at an extremely discounted rate with payment plans available. We want this group to be accessible to all students, so please contact abi.smith@pepperdine.edu if cost is a barrier for you. Students must register with Professor Smith for Convocation and call 747-226-3033 (Tapout Fitness Woodland Hills) to register for the class. Please specify that you are registering for Professor Smith's Self-Defense Club Convo by March 1st in order to get the discounted instruction rate.


Experiencing God through Dance

02/24/2016 - 04/14/2016

Fridays, 1 pm (Location: TBA)

Contact Info: Rachel Hargis, rachel.hargis@pepperdine.edu

Can dance be used as worship? What does it mean to use our bodies to glorify God? If you're a dancer, used to be a dancer, are vaguely interested in dancing, or have never danced before, you are welcome! We will explore using movement and dance as worship in this club convo!

No previous dance experience required! Wear something you can move in!


Organizing Love

03/09/2017 - 04/20/2017

Thursday, 4 pm (Location: TCC 250)

Contact Info: Justin Schneider, 310-506-4878, justin.schneider@pepperdine.edu

Organizing our communities is not only a part of our history in the U.S., but it is also an example shown to us by Jesus. Relying on scripture from the bible and "Organizing: People, Power, Change," we will explore answers to the following questions: "Why am I called to leadership in my community? How will I move others to join me? How will we develop strategy and structure our work together? And how will we achieve our goals?" This club convo is open to all, but guidelines for civility will be established.


Questions About Religion in America People Are Afraid to Ask

03/15/2017 - 04/19/2017

Wednesdays, 7 pm (Location: 24410 Tiner Crt.)

Contact Info: Nancy Shatzer, 310-506-6263, nancy.shatzer@pepperdine.edu

This club convo, hosted by John and Claudette Wilson, is a discussion group mainly for international students (but is open to all students) to dive into tough topics of faith, nationalism, and other questions that people are often afraid to ask; What does "Freedom of Religion" mean in America? Is America really a "Christian Nation"? What is separation of church and state? The group will be inter-generational and offer refreshments at the beginning of each session. Please contact Nancy to join up, and we will see you there!



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