Trevecca Nazarene University

Stewardship of the Earth Day

Trevecca celebrated its fourth annual Stewardship of the Earth Day on March 31, 2009, with a special chapel and the planting of a tree at a neighborhood school.

Trevecca’s Chaplain Tim Green provided this year’s chapel message, focusing on the topic of “Creation Care: Christian Responsibility or Cultural Fad?” In his sermon Green asked students to look beyond their picture of personal salvation so that they could see the “larger picture” of God’s efforts in this world—namely, the way that God shares his power with his creation and the way that God invites humankind to mirror God’s care for creation.

Following the chapel service, representatives from Trevecca met at the nearby Johnson School to plant an American chesnut tree, an endangered species that scientists and environmentalists are working to plant again in the U. S. Members of the community and students in an ecology class from the school (a grades 9 through 12 alternative school) also attended the event. Among those present were Councilwoman Sandra Moore, Johnson School Principal Claire Jasper, Trevecca biology professor Chris Farrell, Trevecca alumnus and organic gardener Jason Adkins, members of the Trimble Action Group, and Trevecca student and president of the Environmental Sustainability Association Lyle Blanco.