Boone Center for the Family
Strengthening and promoting healthy relationships as we honor God's essential foundation - the family.
Sharon Hargrave is the executive director for the Boone Center for the Family at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist in both California and Texas. She is also the founder of Strong Marriages/Successful Ministries at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. She travels with her husband and speaks nationally and internationally on issues pertaining to couples in ministry, marriage, intergenerational relationships, parenting, and the Restoration Therapy model. Hargrave holds a bachelor's degree from Biola University and a master of arts degree in marriage and family counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Sharon will host six marriage and family classes for the Boone Center.
Conflict That Kills Our Connection
(Hindrances to Enjoying the Oneness of Marriage)
Did We Live in the Same House?
(Energizing Famiy Relationships Between Generations)
Marriage: As God Intended It
(A Psychologist and His Wife Reveal the Mystery and Majesty of Marriage)
(Helping Marriages Survive the Growing Trend of Cohabitation)
Going on Offense in Defense of Marriage
It Can Be Better Than This!
(Practical Help for Real Marriages)
The Bible: A Discussion
The 10-hour ambitious miniseries, The Bible, premiered on the History Channel recently—to the highest cable television audience for 2013 (to date). Over 13 millions viewers watched the premiere episode of the series, which brings to life the stories of Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and other central personalities and moments in the biblical story.
Craig Detweiler, associate professor of communication at Seaver College and director of Pepperdine's Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture, will lead a discussion about the miniseries. The session will explore The Bible's significance in current pop culture as a Christian-themed show that has proven mass-audience appeal.
National Day of Prayer
May 2, 2013
The National Day of Prayer occurs during our time together. This annual emphasis on prayer, established by Congress, encourages Americans to pray for our nation, its people, and its leaders.
The theme for 2013 is "Pray for America." Please join with area ministers at noon at Heroes Garden for a time of prayer.
Should Christians Embrace New Media?
We are in the midst of a digital revolution that has created a seismic shift in our culture and altered the way we think about the nature of all things and how we connect and relate to one another. The church cannot afford to ignore a revolution that may be presenting as many opportunities as it is threats.
Digital content is ubiquitous and as Gary Veltman, blogging at the crossroads of higher education and culture, says, "Technology and media are not neutral, that is, they shape worldviews, habits, and virtues for better or worse." Though few dismiss new media and technology as a passing fad, many wonder whether these new communication forms lift the human spirit or diminish it.
As the church awakens to the challenges and opportunities presented by a digital revolution, it must look to guides who can discern the value of new media and identify opportunities for reaching the world through storytelling. After all, Jesus cared deeply about making connections and revealing the true nature of things.
Craig Detweiler, associate professor of communication at Seaver College and director of Pepperdine's Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture, has spent his career writing and lecturing about the stories that shape our ideas and our culture. Drawing upon his own career as a screenwriter, as well as his personal relationships with nearly every believer working in Hollywood today, Craig has become one of the leading voices on this subject.
He has attracted people like Ralph Winter, producer of Secretariat and The X-Men, and Tom Shadyac, director of Liar, Liar and Bruce Almighty to teach and mentor Pepperdine's aspiring screenwriters and filmmakers. Together they are engaged in a hopeful dialogue around the role storytelling can play in shaping society's views on matters of faith.
Craig sees the value less in the ever-changing landscape of new media and more in the craft of storytelling itself. These days, he finds the modern storyteller developing narratives using all available mediums. Whether through books, movies, music, graphic novels, video games, or social networks, today's storytellers are making deep connections with their audiences, reflecting, and then shaping their ideas and beliefs. New media has placed the power of influence in the hands of the best storytellers.
The Pepperdine Bible Lectures is pleased to welcome Craig to the 2013 program. His presentation on finding the sacred within pop culture will stir your imagination as to the possibilities of connecting meaningfully with the communities around you. The question is: Will Christians choose to spend their energy protesting mediums that deliver vulgar content, or embrace mediums that deliver life-changing stories?
Craig's class will be held at 2:30pm each day:
- Footprints of the Divine (Seeking the Sacred Within Pop Culture)
- Into the Dark (Finding God at the Movies)
- Is There an App for That? (Faith in a Time of Too Much Information)
Joel Phillips is a painter living and working in Thousand Oaks, California. Since graduating from Pepperdine University in 1982, he has exhibited extensively throughout the country, including such venues as Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles, the Bennington Center for the Arts in Vermont, the Museum of California Art in Pasadena, the Gilcrease Museum in Oklahoma, the Museum of the Southwest in Texas, and the Weisman Museum of Art in Malibu.
April 30 - May 3, 2013
Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art