Seek Justice Conference

March 16-17, 2018

All main conference events will be in the Tartar Student Activity Center.

This year’s conference theme is "seeking justice," and there is not a more relevant time in history to take a fresh look at our greatest call to seek justice in this world.

Across one and a half days, three main sessions and five workshops, we will open up a conversation on the call we carry to reach out toward the other in compassion, justice and love. During the conference, we will hear from leadership and justice voices and practitioners Jo Saxton and Lisa Sharon Harper among others who will explore practically what it might look like to seek justice in every area of our lives, work, worship and family.



Lisa Harper

Lisa Sharon Harper is a prolific speaker, writer and activist. Ms. Harper is the author of several books, including the critically acclaimed The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong can be Made Right. The Very Good Gospel explores God’s intent for the wholeness of all relationships in light of today’s headlines. Formerly Sojourners' chief church engagement officer, Ms. Harper fasted for 22 days as a core faster in 2013 with the immigration reform Fast for Families. She trained and catalyzed evangelicals in St. Louis and Baltimore to engage the 2014 push for justice in Ferguson and the 2015 healing process in Baltimore. A columnist for Sojourners Magazine and an Auburn Theological Seminary senior fellow, Ms. Harper is regularly featured in Sojourners, in The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, and Relevant Magazine. In 2015, The Huffington Post recognized her as one of “50 Powerful Women Religious Leaders to Celebrate on International Women’s Day.” Most recently, Relevant Magazine recognized The Very Good Gospel as one of “Six Books that Will Change the Way You See the World” and Ms. Harper as one of “Seven Leaders to Follow in 2017.” She is in the ordination process with the Evangelical Covenant Church.

Jo Saxton

Jo Saxton is an author, speaker, leadership coach, church planter and missional visionary, with a message for today! Born to Nigerian parents and raised in London, Jo has served on staff in multiple churches in the UK and US and currently serves as Chair of the Board for 3DM a non-profit organization that equips churches in discipleship and mission. Her message challenges listeners to engage in missional living and discipleship, empower women to lean into their leadership and influence and to equip leaders to lead from the inside out and reframe their vision and purpose. In her book More than Enchanting: Breaking Through Barriers to Influence Your World, Jo discusses the central role of women in the church and society. High Heels and Holiness: The Smart Girl’s Guide to Living Life Well is a discipleship guide for young adult women. And in February of 2018 Waterbrook will release her much anticipated new book The Dream of You: Let Go of Broken Identities and Live the Life You Were Made For. In addition to her writing and speaking, Jo is also the co-host of the popular podcast, Lead Stories: Tales of Leadership in Life with Steph O’Brien. She and her husband Chris live in Minneapolis with their two children.

Advancement of Social Justice Award Recipients:

Dr. Earnest "Rip" Patton
Civil Rights Activist and Freedom Rider






Jay Height
Director, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries USA/Canada







Pre-conference schedule

Conference Workshops

Friday, March 16 Pre-conference: "Farming toward a just future" & "Three Essentials of Maximizing your Mission"
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Pre-conference workshops: Environmental Justice
Nonprofit Development
5 p.m. Registration
7 p.m. Jo Saxton - Biblical Social Justice
Saturday, March 17  
9 a.m. Lisa Sharon Harper - Shalom
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Social Justice Awards
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch Break
1 p.m. Breakout sessions
2:30 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. 10 Year Celebration
3 p.m. Lisa Sharon Harper - Diversity
4 p.m. Closing worship

Workshop topics

  • Children at risk
  • Poverty and community engagement
  • Refugees
  • Conflict resolution and peacemaking
  • Advocacy and church engagement


  • Conference cost: $99.00
  • Student rate (non-Trevecca student): $49.00
  • Pre-conference cost: $50.00


Trevecca has partnered with Club-Hotel Nashville Inn & Suites to offer conference guests a discounted rate of $119.95 plus tax. Guests will be responsible for payment and cancellation fees. Club-Hotel offers a full hot breakfast which is included in the room rate and evening snacks Monday-Thursday between 5-7 p.m.

To take advantage of the conference rate, contact Club-Hotel directly and request the "Trevecca Seek Justice Conference rate."

Club-Hotel Nashville Inn & Suites
2435 Atrium Way
Nashville, TN 37214

About us

The J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice at Trevecca offers a Biblically based, interdisciplinary program leading to a bachelor of science in social justice. Through a rich combination of theory, theology, and intensive field experiences, students gain knowledge and practical skills to prepare them for a variety of careers, including leadership within congregations and social service nonprofits; research and policy analysis positions within local, state, and federal government agencies or advocacy, lobbying, or educational institutions; and staff positions within public agencies or corporations focused on environmental conservation and stewardship.

Trevecca Nazarene University is a Christian university in the heart of Nashville focused on preparing students for lives of leadership and service. Founded in 1901, Trevecca is committed to holistic education, encouraging students to grow intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Located approximately one mile from thriving downtown Nashville, Trevecca provides a liberal arts education while guiding students to find God’s calling on their lives through traditional undergraduate programs, continuing and graduate studies and online offerings. With students from 43 states and 16 countries, Trevecca offers 15 associate degrees, 84 undergraduate majors, 19 master’s programs, and two doctoral programs, as well as specialist and certificate programs.

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