Micah Mandate

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

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.

“The Grace Card” previewed at Trevecca

Posted by admin December - 2 - 2010 - Thursday ADD COMMENTS

Adam Wadding-

Trevecca was selected for a special screening of, “The Grace Card,” a ministry based movie emphasizing racial issues in Memphis, TN. It was the first University screening, making Trevecca one of the youngest audiences to preview the movie.

The Grace Card

Photo by: christianfilmmaker.com

The screening served as a chapel session, but students were not the only viewers, as people from across Tennessee churches came to watch, including some of the movie’s actors.

The first movie by Calvary Pictures, based out of Calvary Church of the Nazarene in Cordova, TN, was inspired by Sherwood pictures, the movie making industry that created “Fireproof.”

In “The Grace Card,” Mac Mcdonald loses his son to a car accident, and 17 years later he still feels the pain. This pain is taken out on his family, specifically his other son Blake, a high school senior who isn’t meeting the expectations of his father.

Sam Wright, a pastor of an all-black church who has a small income takes on another job as a policeman and is partnered with Mac. He tries to play his part and figure out why God placed Mac in his life, when Mac says nothing but racist remarks toward him. Read the rest of this entry »