Berea College Student Shyeila Bowers Named a Newman Civic Fellow

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Shyeila “Shy” Bowers ’20

Shyeila “Shy” Bowers, a junior at Berea College, is one of 262 students named as a Newman Civic Fellow for 2019-2020 by Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization advancing the public purposes of higher education.

“Shy is a hard-working and positive student leader and undergraduate scholar,” said Berea College President Lyle Roelofs. “She uses her community-building approaches to promote dialogue and action to address pressing social issues.”

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South African Couple to Serve as Guest Faculty at Berea College

Dr. Elna Boesak and Dr. Allan BoesakDr. Elna Boesak and Dr. Allan Boesak will join Berea College as guest faculty during most of the Spring 2018 term.

The Boesaks, who are from South Africa, were introduced to Berea by Archbishop Desmond Tutu—who received an honorary degree from Berea in 2005—and by a former trustee. Continue reading South African Couple to Serve as Guest Faculty at Berea College

Berea College Welcomes Public to Jim Wallis Convocation

The Bridge to a New America

Portrait of Jim Wallis

Jim Wallis

Berea College welcomes the campus and public community to hear New York Times bestselling author, Jim Wallis speak about “The Bridge to a New America” on Thursday, September 22, at 3:00PM, in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Wallis is the president and founder of Sojourners, an organization based in Washington, D.C., that brings together a diverse mix of evangelicals, Catholics, Pentecostals and Protestants; progressives and conservatives; blacks, whites, Latinos, and Asians; women and men; young and old who are committed to addressing such issues as racial and social justice, life and peace, and environmental stewardship. Continue reading Berea College Welcomes Public to Jim Wallis Convocation

Love Over Hate

Love Over Hate

Tragic deaths occurred last week in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas.  These evil acts are sad reminders of just how long and difficult is our nation’s journey toward peace and racial justice. I ask all Bereans to remember and raise up in prayer the victims and their loved ones and to continue to hold to our ideals in all you do, seeking peace with justice and trusting in the power of love over hate. 

Lyle Roelofs
President, Berea College

President Roelofs Offers a Response to the Tragedy in Orlando on Behalf of Bereans

We share in the shock and grief resulting from the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, earlier today.  Berea’s Great Commitments, which emphasize love over hate, human dignity and equality, and peace with justice, markedly contrast with acts of hatred and terror such as this. While this incident is an attack on the values of all Bereans, we are particularly concerned for how it will be experienced by our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) members of our community. Continue reading President Roelofs Offers a Response to the Tragedy in Orlando on Behalf of Bereans

Berea College Welcomes Public to What It Means To Be Human

Humanity and the Desire for Peace

Phelps Stokes Chapel — 3:00 p.m., February 25, 2016

Berea College welcomes the public and campus community to Humanity and the Desire for Peace. This program will feature Krista Tippett, host and executive producer of the NPR radio show On Being, which asks questions such as what does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live. This convocation is part of the annual Robbins Peace Lecture, presented by the Willis D. Weatherford, Jr. Campus Christian Center. Continue reading Berea College Welcomes Public to What It Means To Be Human

More Opportunities for Peace and Pizza

Peace and Pizza is a unique series at Berea College featuring talks with renowned peace advocates from around the world and from right at home — with pizza. This educational lecture series is sponsored by Berea College’s Peace and Social Justice Studies and is guided by Michelle Tooley and Meta Mendel-Reyes. This year’s lineup is special, because it features student and faculty speakers, which Tooley refers to as Berea’s “internal resources.” Tooley invites all faculty, staff, students and community members to attend Peace and Pizza, stating: Continue reading More Opportunities for Peace and Pizza

Berea College Students Explore Poverty, Abundance and Peace

Originally posted on December 16, 2011 by Erica Cook

by Erica Cook ’13

From November 13 to the 15, eight Berea College students traveled to the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina to attend the 2011 Lake Junaluska Peace Conference. The conference was positioned in a beautiful setting, almost idyllic. The speakers focused their topics on “Poverty, Abundance, and Peace: Seeking Economic Justice for all God’s Children,” the theme of this year’s conference. Continue reading Berea College Students Explore Poverty, Abundance and Peace

Students Attend Conference Centered on the Transformative Power of Non-Violence

Originally posted on December 20, 2012 by Erica Cook

Berea College students enrolled in Peace and Social Justice courses taught by Dr. Michelle Tooley and Jason Strange attended the 2012 Lake Junaluska Peace Conference from November 8-11. Lake Junaluska is located in the Smokey Mountains of Western North Carolina and has been a Methodist Retreat Center since 1913. Continue reading Students Attend Conference Centered on the Transformative Power of Non-Violence