Micah Mandate

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

Nazarene General Superintendent speaks in chapel

Posted by admin November - 2 - 2015 - Monday ADD COMMENTS
Dr. Gustavo Crocker visited campus on Thursday, October 29.

Dr. Gustavo Crocker visited campus on Thursday, October 29.

By Christy Ulmet

Students who want to make a change in the world must have a sense of urgency and be discontented with the status quo, said Gustavo Crocker, General Superintendent for the Church of the Nazarene.
“We have to be willing to do things that are currently unacceptable to the world, but are acceptable to Jesus,” Crocker said. “We need to be able to ask ourselves, ‘What is not right?’ At times we will have to speak for the voiceless—that’s not popular. At times we will have to challenge the status quo—that’s not popular, but Jesus will honor that.”

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Students work to aid in global water crisis

Posted by admin April - 16 - 2015 - Thursday ADD COMMENTS

By Christy Ulmet

Last fall, five Trevecca students were given the task of creating a clean water project idea. The team, led by Stephens Hiland, senior communication studies major, prepared a model for a fundraiser, which will support Nazarene Compassionate Ministries’ Global Clean Water Fund.

Every Nazarene university and college was able to submit an entry for the project, but Trevecca’s group ended up winning, which gave them the funding needed for the school’s idea, which they titled “Drop by Drop.” Read the rest of this entry »

Trevecca president book on sexuality due out this month

Posted by admin March - 19 - 2015 - Thursday ADD COMMENTS

By Bailey Basham

Trevecca President Dan Boone wants the church to not be afraid to talk to about human sexuality, and his latest book is an effort to help the conversation.

Human Sexuality: A Primer for Christians, will hit the stands next month.

“I do not believe the current discussion about human sexuality will result in a unified church. I also think the categories of liberal and conservative are not capable of defining where the church might come to rest,” said Boone in the preface of his book. “For that reason, I have tried to write a brief theology of human sexuality in the language of the pew… I believe the discussion of human sexuality needs a fresh start. If we are to be the bearers of good news to a broken world, we must recover a biblical theology of the human body and of our human sexuality.”
In the book, Boone references a model devised by Mark Yarhouse, an author and professor of psychology at Regent University in Virginia.
“Mark Yarhouse uses a model that allows us to treat sexual minorities [identities other than heterosexual and homosexual] as individuals with personal stories,” said Boone in chapter 7 of his book. “His approach seeks to hear the journey of a person based on milestone events along the way.”
Boone said he felt called to write on this subject because of the fact that so many people in the church struggle with gender identity and sexuality issues.
He hopes an initiation of the conversation will benefit members of the Church of the Nazarene.
“I think the church is afraid of the topic, and so until some respected leaders in the church begin to demonstrate that we have nothing to be afraid of in entering this topic, I think a lot of churches just won’t,” said Boone. “What will happen is that people will disagree, and in the process of people disagreeing sometimes, we think we have to stop the conversation. It’s okay that not everybody agrees with one another. Peter and Paul didn’t even agree with one another in scripture, so it’s not like disagreement is the most horrible thing in the world.”
In addition to writing his book, Boone also recently spoke at Mission 2015, a Nazarene youth conference in Kansas City, where he and other pastors addressed the issue of homosexuality in the church.
Boone’s book includes two chapters on homosexuality and also touches on pornography, celibacy, marriage, raising children, the church’s public conversation on marriage rights, and on dating culture in today’s society.
The book is currently undergoing the final stages of the editing process and is slated to be released within the next month.  Students and faculty interested in reading the book will be able to find it both in the campus bookstore and in Waggoner Library.
This post first appeared on TrevEchoes Online.

Trevecca Chapel Celebrates Past Mission Trips

Posted by admin October - 3 - 2012 - Wednesday ADD COMMENTS

By Brennen Finchum


Trevecca held its first chapel that was intended on looking at the mission trips that have already happened rather than simply promoting upcoming trips.


“The purpose was ultimately to celebrate what’s happened this past year,” said Brent Tallman, director of campus spiritual formation.


6 current students and a Trevecca graduate told stories, expressed fears they had and how the trips affected them.


“What they [the native people] go through is way different than what you see on TV,” said Justin Ellison, a student at Trevecca.


Fear is a very real thing as students are embarking on their journey.


Katelyn Hays, senior, said she feared being trafficked for sex while she was on a summer-long trip in Bulgaria.


The students also experienced personal transformation.


“You discover new passions when you just go,” said Stephanie Sherwood, Trevecca graduate.


Not only did Sherwood discover a new passion, she decided to move to Croatia with Submerge, a 1-2 year post-graduate trip.


After the students were asked why they would encourage other students to go on a trip, Jeff Byler, senior said that it’s a once in a lifetime thing.


Trevecca offers three different types of trips: Encounter (short-term), Immerse (12 week summer trip) and Submerge (1-2 year post-graduate trip).


The application deadline for each of these trips is October 19. The applications can be found in the religion office located on the 3rd floor of McClurkan or on Trevecca’s website.


Tallman said that an application doesn’t mean you have to go, it just means you have an interest in going.