The Lion and Lamb

Through all appropriate means, but especially through arts and literature,
The Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center of Bluffton University promotes the study of
peace and justice,
cultural understanding and nonviolent responses to conflict 
with an emphasis on these themes for children. 

Children's books

The Lion and Lamb offers:

The Arts

Explore sculptures, fine art, children's artwork and original illustrations from picture books.


Resources include more than 4,000 picture books, children’s books, curriculum guides and teacher references. 

Presentations for elementary studentsProgramming
“Teaching Peace to Children”
Sessions on cultural understanding and conflict resolution are offered for elementary school children. University students are trained and empowered to present.




Visitors are welcome to browse the library collection of picture books, enjoy the artwork and sculptures inside the center and outside in the Honda Outdoor Sculpture Garden.

Mondays 9 a.m. - noon and 1-3 p.m.  
Tuesdays 9 a.m. - noon and 1-2 p.m. 
Wednesdays 9 a.m. - noon and  1-5 p.m. 
Thursdays 9 a.m. - noon and 1-2 p.m. 
Fridays 9 a.m. - noon and 1-3 p.m.

If you would like The Lion and Lamb to be open outside the times listed, contact Paul Weaver at 419-296-9462 or Tareq Abuhalima at 419-247-9089.

Contact information

The Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center
1 University Drive 50
Bluffton, OH 45817-2104

about the founder

Dr. Elizabeth "Libby" Hostetler, professor emeritus Bluffton University, founded The Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center in 1987 to provide a resource for children to gain skills necessary for developing a vision of peace. Libby served as director of the center until retiring from Bluffton University in June 1999. Through her efforts in various roles as a teacher, professor, principal, founder and director of The Lion and Lamb, Libby is an advocate for peace-learning and peace-living.

The Lion and Lamb celebrated its 30th year in 2017 >

About the directors

To more directly align with the work of Bluffton University’s education program, Dr. Paul Neufeld Weaver, professor of education and director of global education, serves as the center’s director. Tareq Abuhalima, from Gaza, Palestine, co-directs the center as a graduate assistant. 

financial support

The Lion and Lamb depends on financial contributions from those who share our vision for peace. To support our efforts, 1) visit and choose designation option “The Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center or 2) write check payable to The Lion and Lamb and send to:

The Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center
1 University Drive 50
Bluffton, OH   45817-2104