Payson to Host Events for Pepperdine’s Annual Bible Lecture Series

Guest Post by Shea McCollum, Library Marketing Assistant.

On April 30th through May 3rd, Harbor: The Pepperdine Bible Lecture is coming to campus. As part of Harbor, Pepperdine University Libraries will be hosting some exciting events at Payson for event attendees to enjoy.

Logo for Harbor: The Pepperdine Bible lectures

Two events will take place on Wednesday May 1st and Thursday, May 2nd from 1-4 PM in the Payson Digital Learning Lab:

The first event is the Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, during which Pepperdine University Libraries invites Pepperdine Community members and Bible Lecture attendees to create and expand upon the existing Wikipedia pages related to the Churches of Christ, with a focus on notable Churches of Christ women. No prior experience of Wikipedia is necessary and both the experienced and novice editors are welcome.

At the same time, Payson will also have some historical Pepperdine photographs on display. Visitors are invited to see these historical photographs and help library staff identify the people and events in them. The Special Collections and University Archives at Pepperdine holds many collections of photographs documenting the institution’s history in South Los Angeles and Malibu.

Photograph of President Ford with David Davenport and other guests, mid 1980s
President Ford with David Davenport and other guests, mid 1980s



From Wednesday, May 1st until Friday, May 3rd at 1:20 to 1:45 P.M, there will be short lectures each afternoon by Jerry Rushford in Payson’s Special Collections Seminar Room. The topics of these lectures will be as follows:

Wednesday, May 1:

The Journey of Campbell’s Pulpit from Kirkcaldy, Scotland

to Payson Library at Pepperdine University

Thursday, May 2:

B.F. Coulter: Founder of Coulter’s Department Store and

Visionary Leader of the Church of Christ in L.A. (1874-1911)

Friday, May 3:

Surviving Pearl Harbor: The Japanese Church of Christ

in Los Angeles (1923-1942 & 1946-2002)



Photo of Jerry Rushford posing with a book in Payson's Rushford Center
Jerry Rushford posing with a book in Payson’s Rushford Center

Also, on display at the Rushford Center during Bible Lectures week is the Campbell Pulpit, which Alexander Campbell preached behind on August 10, 1847 at Rose Chapel Church of Christ in Kirkcaldy, Scotland. Lecture guests are encouraged to come and have their photo take behind this historic lectern.

Elsewhere on campus, the Rushford Center will also be sponsoring the following events on campus in Plaza classroom 190 from 3:15 to 4:15 PM.

Wednesday, May 1st:

The Incredible Impact of Don DeWelt on the Restoration Movement

Thursday, May 2nd:

Stories of Faith and Courage: Remembering Our Foremothers in the Restoration Movement

Friday, May 3rd:

Take My Voice, Let Me Sing: Women Hymn Writers in the Hymnals of the Restoration Movement

We look forward to seeing you in Payson for these exciting Bible Lectures week events!


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Payson to Host Events for Pepperdine’s Annual Bible Lecture Series