Robbins Peace Emphasis
Berea College has commissioned the Campus Christian Center (CCC) to create programs that will encourage and empower students, staff and faculty to work toward precisely the kind of world that the mission-statement envisions. One feature of the mission: “Adherence to the College’s scriptural foundation, ‘God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,’ shapes the College’s culture and programs so that students and staff alike can work toward both personal goals and a vision of a world shaped by Christian values, such as the power of love over hate, human dignity and equality and peace with justice.”
The Earl G. and Sue D. Robbins Peace Lecture
The Center has developed and administers the Robbins Peace Emphasis as one of the programs through which the department fulfills its commission from the College and promotes those essential values for authentic community. Through the Robbins Peace Emphasis each year, the CCC offers “The Earl G. and Sue D. Robbins Peace Lecture,” which occurs in the Convocation Series, currently during the spring semester each year.
Mr. Earl G. Robbins, a former student of Berea College, established this lectureship on peace in 1988. Mr. Robbins provided funding for this program, as he stated at the time, because, at Berea College, he had learned “what is important in life,” the true humanity “of all of us.” He and his family instituted this lectureship in order to help students to discover precisely this. Mr. Robbins also intentionally instituted this program with a connection to the CCC because of his experience as a student at Berea College. Mr. Robbins said, “[w]hile I was a student at Berea, the Chapel programs were the most stimulating, ideal-building facets of the entire educational program.” For that reason, the Campus Christian Center administers this program.