Writing for Justice

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Alice Driver talks to border-crossing migrants

Alice Driver conducts interviews in Tapachula, Mexico with migrants who have lost their limbs while riding the train known as “The Beast,” a freight train used by U.S.–bound migrants to more quickly traverse the length of Mexico. The risks of riding these trains are high and many riders are left with life-altering injuries that limit their capacity to work. Photo … Read More

The Reward of Music

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Wilkensley Thervil playing the drums.

Wilkensley Thervil ’21 plays percussion for the Black Music Ensemble. Thervil is the 2019 Red Foley Music Award recipient and says he loves the family atmosphere of BME. Photo by Oluwatobi Adejumo ‘20 Music has always captivated Wilkensley Thervil, a junior double major in Technology and Applied Design (TAD) and Computer Science. Born in Haiti without access to musical instruments, … Read More

Why a Labyrinth?

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Student chaplains gather around the newly-built labyrinth.

Berea’s student chaplains stand on the Berea College labyrinth, based on the Abingdon á la Chartres design. It was constructed in spring 2019 in the grassy area beside Hutchins Library near Phelps Stokes Chapel. Photo by crystal whylie ’05 When you visit Berea College, you might ask: “Why is there a labyrinth next to the Hutchins Library?”  The answer to … Read More

Adopting a Spirit of Service

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Portrait of Reverend Steve Peak in his home church

Photo by Amanda Smith, Making Memories Photography When Reverend Steve Peake ’74 was a boy, he sat in a one-room segregated schoolhouse in tiny Fleming-Neon, Ky., listening to women from a nearby Christian organization tell the story of John the Baptist. They brought with them an easel and Bible characters cut from felt that they placed upon a board to … Read More

Campus Christian Center Paves Ways for Careers in Christian Service

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Instilling Reverend John G. Fee’s “gospel of impartial love” into all Bereans is the true work of Berea’s Campus Christian Center (CCC). Serving people of various backgrounds, faiths and life experiences fosters the ability to live out this “gospel” in a practical way through lives of service, especially in the student chaplains it cultivates. Former CCC chaplains Philip Sutherland, M.D. … Read More

Class notes

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The Berea College Alumni Association enjoys hearing from Bereans from all over the world. The “Class Notes” section of Berea College magazine reports verifiable news you wish to share with your alumni friends and associates: careers, weddings, retirements, births, and other items of importance to our alumni. Please include your class year and name used while attending Berea. Notes may … Read More

Welcome to Worship

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Members of the Campus Christian Center gather and bow down in the shape of a heart.

Campus Christian Center provides opportunities for worship, prayer/meditation, devotional study of Christian scripture and interfaith conversation. Its professional chaplains offer pastoral counseling for all members of the College community, and a trained student team provides peer counseling and spiritual support to fellow students. Photo by Crystal Wylie ’05. The Campus Christian Center mentors students to focus on diversity, inclusion and … Read More

Radical Hospitality: The Gospel of Impartial Love in Theory and Practice

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Danforth Chapel

Too Christian, not Christian enough It’s not rare in America that a liberal arts college is church-affiliated. It’s also not rare that a liberal arts college used to be church-affiliated. What do we make of a school, then, that is both “distinctly Christian” and explicitly, intentionally not church-affiliated? For the uninitiated student, answering this question can be difficult. To a … Read More

Affrilachian Roots

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Affrilachian: A History of the Word   In 1991, Frank X Walker, an experienced playwright and visual artist, and a budding poet, was confronted with the reality that Appalachian—according to Webster’s Dictionary—referred only to “white residents from the mountains.” As a native of Danville, Ky., he felt that, like his white peers, he too was creating the great shadow of … Read More