Micah Mandate

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

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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