The Memorial Foundation of Hendersonville, Tenn., has awarded Trevecca Nazarene University a $100,000 grant in support of the newly formed J. V. Morsch Center for Social Justice. The goal of the Center is to equip individuals with a unique combination of skills and training so that they are prepared to work from a Christian perspective in the reengineering of urban areas and to respond to human need on a larger scale. The Center will transform the University’s existing compassionate ministry major within the Millard Reed School of Religion into an interdisciplinary social justice major that trains persons in theology, sociology and social work, business, law, and technology. Additionally, students in this program will gain experience with local, national, and global agencies that work in the field of social justice. A variety of non-credit programs and experiential opportunities will also be a part of the Center’s offerings.
Trevecca President Dan Boone says, “This grant from the Memorial Foundation is a wonderful encouragement to Trevecca affirming our commitment to partner with Nashville organizations in addressing core human needs in our community. The University community is pleased and grateful for the Memorial Foundation’s support.”
The Center is named in honor of Dr. J.V. Morsch, long-time Nazarene pastor and leader, whose life’s work has centered on compassionate ministries.
The University is in the process of recruiting a director for the Center and will officially begin its work in the fall.