The J. V. Morsch Center for Social Justice at Trevecca Nazarene University will soon serve the Church of the Nazarene denomination in a new capacity. On January 30, 2014, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries USA/Canada (NCM USA/Canada) invited the Center to lead its program for food security in North America.
In his invitation to Trevecca’s Center for Social Justice, the Rev. Jay Height, regional coordinator for NCM USA/Canada, explained why NCM wanted to work with the Center: “The amazing work you are doing could be impactful to [Churches of the Nazarene] as we attempt to meet the growing needs of our neighbors. You are a model of true Biblical compassion, and a strategy that is easily duplicable among [Churches of the Nazarene].”
News of this new partnership pleased Jamie Casler, director of the J. V. Morsch Center, who made this statement: “The faculty and staff of the Center are excited by the prospects of working with NCM. We are always pleased to share what we have learned through Trevecca’s urban farming programs, efforts to plant community gardens, and partnerships with local schools and neighborhoods. We look forward to being part of NCM’s effort to help persons on this continent and in other countries to create sustainable food supplies.”
Casler explained that the Center will develop resources and curriculum materials for use by Churches of the Nazarene who want to develop their own food security programs. In the coming months when more details of the Center’s responsibilities are worked out, the Center will release those details.
*Photo caption: Jason Adkins, coordinator of Trevecca’s urban farming efforts, instructs local high school students about gardening techniques.