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

Trevecca Urban Farm gets a grant

Posted by admin October - 9 - 2014 - Thursday ADD COMMENTS

by Rebekah Warran, Staff Writer

This summer, the Urban Farm received a $25,000 grant from Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (NCM) to serve the local Nashville community.

NCM is an organization that partners with the Nazarene churches around the world to help those in need.

The region that surrounds Trevecca, particularly the Napier and Chestnut Hill areas, are considered to be a food desert,” said Jamie Casler, director of the J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice.


“The people in our community do not have access to healthy foods within three to five miles,” he said.

The money donated with go to multiple projects that are taking place in the farm.

Some will go to green house development and expansion and the majority will go to camps that bring high school students from around the area and around the world to learn about farming in an urban setting.

“We are seeing to educate and inspire people to understand issues surrounding nutrition and health,” said Jason Adkins, environmental projects coordinator and overseer of the Urban Farm.

Local students will have the opportunity to learn how to grow their own crops and take care of them. The funds will help with staff support, especially in the summer.



“It will also pay high school students to work part time… learning how to farm and leading others,” said Adkins.

For the local community, the work of the urban farm will have a long-term impact with the potential to shape the way future generations handle food consumption and how well they care for themselves.

“We surround them with the resources, love and care that they need to grow their own food,” said Casler.

This story first appeared in the October issue of the TrevEchoes, the student newspaper of Trevecca Nazarene University.

Compassion mobile experience comes to Trevecca

Posted by admin October - 3 - 2014 - Friday ADD COMMENTS

By Bailey Basham

Compassion International’s mobile experience “Change The Story” recently made a visit to the campus of Trevecca Nazarene University .

Compassion currently provides food, education, and security for nearly 1.6 million children living in poverty around the world in 26 different countries.

This experience is designed to show its participants a world that is unlike any other they have been exposed to before.

“The Compassion Experience allows people of opportunity to see what life was like for these Compassion graduates and will hopefully spark some ideas for how they might be able to work towards a solution,” said Heather Daugherty, associate chaplain at Trevecca.

As a part of this experience, visitors are given an iPod and pair of headphones through which the true stories of Compassion graduates are shared.

The mobile experience at Trevecca offered two tour options: a walk through the life of Julian Alum, a young girl from Kampala, Uganda whose family fell into poverty after the death of her father, and Ruben, a boy who grew up in Bolivia in a broken home ravished by poverty and abuse.

Once inside the mobile replicas, visitors get to explore the homes, the Compassion schools, and the streets where the children worked.

At the end of the tour, a video is shown on each person’s iPod showing just how much Compassion benefited Julian and Reuben. Julian was able to attend university where she earned her master’s in social work, and Ruben was able to escape poverty and graduate from high school.

“It was a really cool experience, especially since we each got to hear and see the things that Reuben did,” said sophomore Abigail Larimore.

For more information about Compassion, child sponsorships, and their mobile ministries, visit their website by clicking here.

By Abigail Larimore

On a stage that was mostly bare, save an armchair, a coat rack and a bench, a survivor of human trafficking told the dramatic story of her kidnapping, drug use and eventually redemption through a one-woman play.
Stacy Jewell Lewis, a survivor-activist, poet and playwright of Washington D.C., presented her show, “7 Layers Captive,” detailing her experiences in the sex industry, Friday Sept. 19 as part of Trevecca Nazarene University’s annual social justice conference on campus.
Audience members were given an all access pass inside the thoughts and feelings of a 19-year-old Lewis as she detailed how a seemingly harmless elderly man offered her a ride home, and instead took her to meet her new pimp. Or what it was like to see girls much younger than she, learning the same trade. Perhaps the most heart wrenching piece of the story, was learning that her captors had been following her for weeks , and threatened to kill her son if she attempted to escape.
Lewis became addicted to drugs after her pimp introduced her to pills to help curb the emotional pain. In addition, he would force Lewis to do drugs before taking her to visit the family. When her own family rejected her, it only drove her further into the arms of the man who set the trap in the first place.
In the second act of the show, Lewis discussed some common misconceptions about prostitutes. Instead of believing that trafficked individuals choose to be where they are, Americans must remember that this industry is first and foremost slavery, and no one chose to be there, she said.
Lewis is the first human trafficking survivor to share her story on campus.
Coordinators of the fifth annual social justice conference tried to chose and address topics that students are passionate about, said Jamie Casler, director of the J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice.
“Students help to drive this issue,” said Casler.
The show starred Lewis, who had the only lines spoken aloud, as well as other silent characters including Andrea Richardson, a Trevecca dramatic arts major.
Richardson landed the role after being approached by Jeffrey Frame, professor of dramatic arts and communications.
“He approached me and asked me if I would help out, because they approached him asking if he could find an African American female to portray her younger self in the show. I was really excited to do it,” said Richardson.
Hilary Frame, also a Trevcca dramatic arts major, worked as unofficial stage manager for the show, as well as a liaison between Lewis’s stage crew and Trevecca’s departments.
“There are so many more passive ways to share her life, but it wouldn’t get the same message or emphasis across. Plenty of people share stories that sound like fairy tales. But when you see someone act it out for you who did experience it, it creates a new level of reality,” said Frame.

Compassion Experience Starts Today

Posted by admin September - 29 - 2014 - Monday ADD COMMENTS

Trevecca Nazarene University was selected to host the Compassion Mobile Experience from Sept. 25 to Sept. 29.

Change The Story: The Compassion Experience is an interactive journey that allows its participants to experience cultures different from their own in ways they likely would not have considered before.

This free and all-ages appropriate mobile experience takes you through the lives of children living in Bolivia, the Philippines, Uganda, and Kenya by immersing you in their worlds via narration and the chance to explore the lives of the people in these developing countries through replicas of their homes, markets, schools, etc.

The Compassion Experience is sponsored by Compassion International, a Christ-centered child sponsorship and preventative justice organization that is dedicated to providing food, education, and security for children living in poverty around the world.

To experience another culture and better understand the realities of global poverty, reserve your place in the Compassion Experience by visiting their website or feel free to walk up and take part as you can.

Mobilizing the Church for Social Justice Conference

Posted by admin October - 22 - 2013 - Tuesday ADD COMMENTS

This past September over 100 church leaders and students gathered on Trevecca’s campus for the inaugural Mobilizing the Church for Social Justice Conference. The conference was hosted by the J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice and featured speakers such as Dr. Dan Boone, Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, Dr. Carla Sunberg, James E. Copple, and Jennifer Roemhildt Tunehag.


The event included workshops lead by experts in the field, collaborative discussion on pressing topics, tours of local ministries, and a viewing of the film “Trade of Innocents”


If you missed the conference, you can watch the speakers’ keynotes and the panel discussion at the links below or at http://vimeo.com/trevecca






Professional Video to Highlight Social Justice Center

Posted by admin September - 20 - 2012 - Thursday ADD COMMENTS

By Brennen Finchum

Sunsets in the garden, a homeless man under an overpass, and Trevecca President Dan Boone teaching a class all set the scene for a new promo video for Trevecca’s Social Justice program.

“The purpose of the video is for recruiting purposes,” said Betsy Harris, Trevecca marketing coordinator. “It will also go into helping fundraise money for scholarships.”

The idea began this past summer at the initiative of Boone, University President, who wanted to promote the J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice.

“He wanted to make Trevecca distinct from other universities,” said Harris.


The social justice program does just that.

There are only a handful of universities in the nation who offer degrees in social justice, including Hamline University and Marquette University.

The promo is being directed and produced by Nashville’s own Barry Simmons, founder of Stone Castle Pictures.

About six months ago, Simmons reached out to Trevecca and started the filming process. They interviewed people, researched and planned for months before the filming began near the beginning of September.

“We couldn’t be happier with the way it’s turned out. Can’t wait to show it to everyone,” Simmons wrote in an e-mail.

This isn’t Stone Castle’s first social justice minded project.

Among an assortment of films, Stone Castle produced feature length “Sons of Lwala” for some friends who were trying to fund a village’s first clinic in Kenya. The film raised $500,000.

In 2009, Stone Castle filmed a “dry run” to help organize a global event called “Help Portrait.” The event gathered more than 8,000 photographers in 42 countries to capture the portraits of the homeless, the oppressed and the overlooked people of the world.

“This is all about people just giving what they have,” said Jeremy Cowart, celebrity photographer and the events founder.

A rough cut of Trevecca’s film is out now and the official release date is expected in early October, said Casler.

Trevecca’s PA Program

Posted by admin November - 21 - 2011 - Monday ADD COMMENTS

Katie Schimmelpfennig

When Trevecca Nazarene University started its physician assistant program 35 years ago, the goal was to offer more than a degree in the medical field.

As one of about five schools in the country that tie a PA program to Christianity and service, Trevecca created a niche for itself.

“Through the years, of course, [the PA program] always had the emphasis for the mission of the school… to provide people, not only an education, but to also serve others in a Christian manner,” said Gerald Moredock, director of PA program.

The reputation of the program attracted students like Monica Klatt, a 25-year-old student from Tucson, Ariz., who moved across the country to Nashville, Tenn.

Trevecca tries to offer an international focus, providing PA students with access to medical missions, opportunities to study abroad as well as short-term mission trips.

Physician Assistants must complete 116 credit hours to complete the master’s degree in order to become a certified PA. They often work in hospitals and physician’s offices—under the supervision of a physician—and perform tasks such as conducting complete physicals, providing treatment and counseling patients.

As of May, 2010, the average PA salary in the U.S. is $86,410, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Trevecca’s 27-month program offers 12 months of clinical rotations. Students currently have the opportunity to complete some rotations overseas in Africa and Central America.

But Moredock says, “the U.S. is also filled with missions.”

The program recently accepted the largest class of 48 students last year and offers multiple information nights. The next one is Feb. 2 in Trevecca’s Greathouse Science Building, Room 101 at 6 p.m.

Trevecca beautifies campus with promise of arboretum

Posted by admin March - 14 - 2011 - Monday ADD COMMENTS

Katie O’Connell –

With the planting of nearly 30 trees, Trevecca is on its way to becoming a certified arboretum, with a walking tour of trees on campus. Nineteen different species native to Tennessee were planted while students were away on Christmas break, continuing the dream of former Trevecca president, Homer Adams.

Trevecca is trying to become a level II arboretum, which requires at least 60 different species of trees, all of which must have name cards attached, and a walking map must be available for self-guided tours. The name tags and maps are currently in development. Read the rest of this entry »

Who is Fred Gray?

Posted by admin March - 1 - 2011 - Tuesday ADD COMMENTS

Jordan Taylor -

Dr. Fred Gray, a civil rights activist and attorney, was born on December 14, 1930 in Montgomery, Alabama.  Gray grew up in a segregated section of the city where he and his five siblings were raised by his parents Abraham and Nancy Gray.

After high school, Gray attended seminary at Nashville Christian Institution in 1947.  He then went on to Alabama State College where he worked as the district manager of the Alabama Journal.  From 1951-1954, Gray enrolled in law school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  He began practicing law in Montgomery by opening up his own law office.

Gray represented Rosa Parks upon her arrest in 1955 and members of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Later that year, Gray’s involvement as an attorney in the boycott’s civil suit Browder v. Gayle brought integration to the bussing system in Montgomery.  Gray was elected to the Alabama state legislature in 1970.

Gray has received many awards and honors for his civic service, including the nation Bar Association’s C. Frances Stradford Award and the American Bar Association’s Spirit of Excellence Award.  In 2002, Gray became the President of the Alabama Bar Association and is also a member of the International Society of Barristers.

Gray continues to practice law and travels the country speaking on human equality.

Recycling Logs

Posted by admin November - 23 - 2010 - Tuesday ADD COMMENTS

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