Micah Mandate

The Magazine of the J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice at Trevecca Nazarene University.

Social justice student balances school and family life

By Abigail Duren Shawna Selby spent eight years working at a Barnes and Noble as a single mother.  It’s that time in her life that provides the motivation she needs each day to finish her degree, raise five kids and have a baby in the middle of the semester. “My life has changed,” says Selby, a social justice major. “I went from being a single mom to two kids and working 60 hours a week and barely making it by, to now being a stay-at-home mom to six children and getting to go back to school.” Selby had given up thinking that things could ever be different or better. She had two children and had worked at a Memphis Barnes & Noble for eight years and had muddled through difficult relationships before marrying her husband,

Refugees find hope at urban farm camps

by Rebekah Warren For refugee children, fleeing from war and destruction, Trevecca’s urban farm camp can bring the comfort of home. “Many of the refugees come from agricultural backgrounds,” said Karen Shaw, coordinator for the urban farm. “They come with skills they can use to make ends meet, and that’s the connection we want to make.” During May and June, high school and middle school students living in the Nashville area will have the opportunity to learn how to care for farm animals, build a garden and learn about healthy cooking and eating. The goal is that the kids attending the camps will develop a basic understanding of the importance of environmental justice for their local communities as well as the world. “We want to

Leader of the Salvation Army’s International Commission for Social Justice speaks in chapel

By Abigail Duren Lt. Colonel Dean Pallant, leader of the International Social Justice Commission of the Salvation Army, spoke in chapel at Trevecca on Tuesday morning. Colonel Pallant and his wife, Eirwen Pallant, are responsible for the work of social justice in 126 countries worldwide, as well as being attached to the United Nations, with his wife Mrs. Pallant being chair of the anti-trafficking task force at the Salvation Army. The pair both work with victims of various injustices, including victims of human trafficking. They both believe that the restoration programs with which they work all work best when there is a theological foundation to them. (more…)

Freshman missionary makes home at Trevecca

by Sydney Wiseman Five private international schools, four countries, and three different languages. Lexi Sunberg, freshman social justice major, is adapting to life at Trevecca after spending all her growing up years on the mission field. Sunberg was born in Kansas City and then was moved to Russia when she was just five-weeks-old. Her parents are missionaries. “I know a lot of people who don’t enjoy it. It’s normal life to me. I love it,” said Sunberg on the life of a missionary kid, “I really like to travel, meeting people, and hearing stories. There are some pretty awesome people

Refugees find hope at urban farm camps

by Rebekah Warren For refugee children, fleeing from war and destruction, Trevecca’s urban farm camp can bring the comfort of home. “Many of the refugees come from agricultural backgrounds,” said Karen Shaw, coordinator for the urban farm. “They come with skills they can use to make ends meet, and that’s the connection we want to make.” During May and June, high school and middle school students living in the Nashville area will have the opportunity to learn how to care for farm animals, build a garden and learn about healthy cooking and eating. The goal is that the kids attending

Refugees find hope at urban farm camps

by Rebekah Warren For refugee children, fleeing from war and destruction, Trevecca’s urban farm camp can bring the comfort of home. “Many of the refugees come from agricultural backgrounds,” said Karen Shaw, coordinator for the urban farm. “They come with skills they can use to make ends meet, and that’s the connection we want to make.” During May and June, high school and middle school students living in the Nashville area will have the opportunity to learn how to care for farm animals, build a garden and learn about healthy cooking and eating. The goal is that the kids attending