Robbins Peace Emphasis
The Campus Christian Center (CCC) represents the most visible and tangible expression of the College’s contemporary understanding of its Christian identity, as well as the most prominent means by which the College fulfills the third feature of its 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.”
In working to fulfill its responsibility to this major feature of the institutional mission, the CCC also orients its departmental work and programs around another intentional 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.” In other words, the College has commissioned the Center 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. Deriving its primary character from the College’s Christian identity, therefore, the work of the CCC emphasizes personal and social dimensions, and the practical significance of reconciliation and peacemaking. Thus, the CCC develops and administers programs that promote the vision of a world shaped by values that Christians share with many other religious traditions: 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 Campus Christian Center 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.