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, (Acts 17:26)’ 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.

In 1988, Earl Robbins, a Berea College alum, and his wife, Sue, provided funding to establish an annual lecture series on peace and peacemaking at the College.  The couple made this choice because, as Mr. Robbins stated at the time, while attending Berea he learned that what is important in life is the true humanity of all of us.  Robbins was intentional in connecting the program to the CCC.  “While I was a student at Berea, the Chapel programs were the most stimulating, ideal-building facets of the entire educational program,” he once said.  Since the passing of both Earl and Sue Robbins, the Robbins family has continued to support the Robbins Peace Lecture Series in substantial ways.