Accent on Christian Faith
The Campus Christian Center (CCC) functions as the most visible and tangible means by which the College fulfills the third goal or commitment of its educational mission: “To stimulate understanding of the Christian faith and its many expressions and to emphasize the Christian ethic and the motive of service to others.” With this facet of the College’s mission in mind, the Center offers several programs and special annual events through which it both emphasizes the distinctive Christian identity of Berea College and leads the College to accomplish this major facet of its mission. Each year, the CCC provides opportunities both to educate about the many forms of Christian experience and to nurture as well as to develop the distinctive ecumenical Christian community of the College. The Center has gathered these educational and ecumenical activities under one broad programmatic title: Accent on Christian Faith.
The Ruth Pister Hampel Memorial Lectureship in Religion
In the fall semester each year, the Campus Christian Center offers The Ruth Pister Hampel Memorial Lectureship in Religion. The Center invites notable and accomplished ministers, speakers, and theologians to deliver this lecture. The Ruth Pister Hampel Memorial Lecture occurs as a convocation.
The CCC has offered the Hampel Lecture in Religion since 1987, through the generous support of John E. and Ruth Pister Hampel. In 1987, Mr. and Mrs. Hampel donated funds for an endowment to support this lectureship, which became the Ruth Pister Hampel Memorial Lecture in Religion. The Hampels gave this gift with the hope and prayer that this program will continue effectively “to emphasize the College’s long term of influence in the field of religion.”
Christmas Open House
From the beginning until the middle of December when the fall semester ends, the Center holds an Open House for students in the Fireside Room of the Draper Building. The Center provides refreshments, so that students can take time for breaks and moments of relaxation beside the fireplace as they complete the semester and study for final examinations.
Celebration of Christmas
In early December, the CCC co-sponsors, with the Department of Music and Church of Christ, Union, an annual service of worship that emphasizes the music of the Christmas season and a reading of the Lucan gospel’s narrative about the birth of Jesus. The Church of Christ, Union, as the historic founding church of the College, provides its ample facilities for this Christmas celebration. The College opens this event to the entire community: usually, approximately 1,000 people will attend this very popular and festive event.
Christmas Breakfast for Facilities Management
The CCC also provides one other event during its Christmas activities, for a very important part of the College community: the staff of Facilities Management. As a demonstration of the Center’s appreciation for the service that Facilities Management provides to the entire campus, the Center prepares a breakfast for the staff of this department.