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

Spring Break Civil Rights/ Southern Music Tour

Posted by admin April - 6 - 2016 - Wednesday ADD COMMENTS

On a Friday afternoon in Alabama, Julie Gant stood where Martin Luther King Jr. had heard the voice of God.
“ I was impacted by just being where he was,” said Gant. “We stood where he stood and talked where he talked to people. We were in his home, everywhere that revolved around him and his legacy.”

During spring break, Matt Spraker, associate dean of students for community life, and Jamie Casler, director of the J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice travelled with 12 students through Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama, experiencing the civil rights and musical history of the south.
Spraker developed the idea for the trip after an important member of the civil rights movement came to Trevecca. Read the rest of this entry »

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By Bailey Basham

Nearly 100 ballerinas will be on Trevecca’s campus this weekend.

The J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice will host “The Art of Justice: Using Creativity to Change the World,” a weekend-long celebration to highlight youth organizations in Nashville who use art to do social justice in youth communities.

The keynote event will be the Rejoice School of Ballet spring recital.

Among the other youth art organizations are Courage UnmaskedHarvest Hands Humphrey Street Coffee Company, local artists and a local community theatre company. These organizations will have booths set up to give out information about their organizations.

“I see many individuals who use different forms of the arts, whether it’s therapeutic writing, painting, or ballet. People use creativity to address social issues,” said Iris Gordon, Nashville business management consultant and adjunct professor in the J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice. “I don’t think many people think about the power of creativity, so the goal of the event is to put that on display, heighten the awareness of what is being accomplished, and spark new ideas and interests in how people can utilize their creativity to also address or manage social issues.”

Rejoice School of Ballet is a non-profit dance school in East Nashville. The school, celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, serves nearly 100 dancers a year from diverse backgrounds. All students pay incomer-based fees for training, dance wear, and costumes.La Fille Mal Gardee Large 134

The goal of Rejoice is to serve dancers from diverse backgrounds by hiring professional faculty to teach students who otherwise wouldn’t have access to quality ballet training, said Patricia Cross, executive director of Rejoice.

Rejoice is a client of The Neighborhood Empowerment Program, which is an initiative of the Center for Social Justice that seeks to equip and empower local nonprofits to maximize their work in serving our neighbors, said Jamie Casler, director of the J.V. Morsch Center of Social Justice.

Gordon has been working with Rejoice for about a year through the NEP. She consults with the board of directors, sets up committees and counsels Cross on business methods and efficiency.

“I have seen real impact on how businesses can address social injustices that exist in our world and have a positive effect just in restoring people to wholeness- both in individuals and the community and at large,” said Gordon.

She has energized the board members to do great work to support and promote Rejoice, said Cross.

“Trevecca sends Iris out in the community to walk alongside nonprofits who otherwise couldn’t afford that sort of help, and to have someone with her expertise and knowledge is an amazing gift,” said Cross. “Iris has brought in other local ministries that are using art to promote social justice, so we feel the event is going to be a great way to open people’s eyes to the importance of the arts and promoting social justice in the community.”

The event is open to all Trevecca students, faculty and staff, and neighboring community members.

“It would really serve as a positive exposure on how different arts are being used to empower and address social injustice and could broaden a student’s perspective on what they might be able to do to use their creativity to help address social issues as well,” said Gordon.

“The Art of Justice” will be on May 2 at 6:30 p.m. and on May 3 at 3 p.m. in Boone Business Building. Tickets are $8 and may be purchased here.

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.

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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 »