By Abigail Duren

Dr. Gary Morsch, founding donor of Trevecca’s J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice, spoke on “The Power of Serving Others, You Can Start Where You Are” at the Compassion & Justice Conference on campus Thursday.

He posed the question, “so what do I do now?” to the audience in the conference, exploring the ideas of how we can exhibit justice to a world corrupted by injustice.

“We have to know the mission,” said Morsch. As the church, we have to learn and understand what our mission is as believers, as a church, as a university. We are all called to the ministry.


 
 

By Rebekah Warren 

God’s role in the politically charged topic of social justice was the focus of the opening session of Trevecca’s Compassion and Justice Conference.

The conference, hosted by the J.V. Center for Social Justice, includes several speakers on issues ranging from caring for the environment to sex trafficking. The goal is to education and equip local justice workers.

Tim Green, university chaplain, presented the first session, exhorting the audience to view social justice as a biblical mandate.


 
 
By Rebekah Warren 

More than 12 million people have benefitted from the work of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (NCM) in Africa, the NCM coordinator in Africa told attendees of an on-campus social justice conference.

Rev. Cosmos Mutowa, the coordinator for NCM in Africa and a Global Missionary with the Church of the Nazarene, spoke at Trevecca’s Justice and Compassion Conference on current needs and the response of the Nazarene church.

Mutowa discussed the responsibility of Christians to be Christ-like in their empathy and question the dichotomy of self-serving sanctification.

 
 
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.


 
 
By Abigail Duren

A Trevecca senior who got a book deal after wearing the same dress for a year to raise money to fight human trafficking spoke to students about her experience.

At an author talk, co-sponsored by the Trevecca Center for Social Justice and Waggoner Library, Bethany Winz shared what inspired her to start the project and what’s she’s leanred since.

“I went into the year thinking I was going to do something big for God,” said Winz. “My goal was to raise $100,000 to assist in the fight against modern day slavery. My blog and my dress were going to change the world.”