Trevecca Nazarene University

A vision for the J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice

Amy Sherman, who was named the founding consultant for Trevecca’s new J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice in December, met with faculty and administrators Wednesday to share her vision for the program. Also, the newly named director of the Center, Jamie Casler, was introduced. Casler will serve as an assistant professor in the program. He is a graduate of Eastern Nazarene College, Nazarene Theological Seminary, and the University of Kansas, where he earned a master’s degree in social welfare.  

 

Sherman spoke about the three-fold mandate of Jesus: evangelism, compassionate ministry, and justice. She expressed a desire that the Center encourage students from all disciplines to find ways to be involved in these three efforts, and she encouraged faculty and administrators to explore how the resources and passions of their departments can become engaged. Sherman called for the Center to be immersed in Nashville--not simply to be in Nashville but to be part of Nashville; not to minister to but to take part in ministry with others. Sherman sees Trevecca’s potential as an incarnational presence and looks forward to serving with Trevecca and the Center.

 

Sherman is a graduate of Messiah College and the University of Virginia. She is the author of five books and more than 70 published articles in such diverse periodicals as Christianity Today, First Things, The Public Interest, The Christian Scholar’s Review, Policy Review, Society, Prism, The Christian Century, and Books & Culture. She is the editorial director for FASTEN, a capacity building project for faith-based organizations and is a frequent speaker at church conferences, training events on community ministry, and Christian colleges. Additionally, she has taught at Covenant Seminary in St. Louis and Regent College in Vancouver; provides consulting services to congregations and para-church ministries to strengthen their community influence; is the founder/former executive director of Charlottesville (Virginia) Abundant Life Ministries, an evangelical nonprofit assisting low-income, inner-city families; serves as a senior fellow for the International Justice Mission, a Christian human rights agency; and is a member of the Christian Community Development Association Advisory Board.

 

University chaplain and dean of the Millard Reed School of Religion, Tim Green, expressed the University’s pleasure in having Sherman guide the launch of the Center for Social Justice.