Rapper and poet Propaganda to speak, perform in chapel this week

This week, October 22 and 23, Trevecca will welcome Propaganda onto campus. Propaganda, an ambitious musician and poet, is well known for his work that takes an untraditional approach to the Christian faith through hip-hop and spoken word poetry. He has released several albums, one of which placed No.7 on the Billboard Top Gospel charts.

He has also worked as a youth pastor, traveled on several tours across the country with numerous groups, and currently produces The Red Couch Podcast with his wife.

Brodrick Thomas, coordinator of student engagement and diversity at Trevecca, initially saw Propaganda speak at a conference and thought he would be a perfect guest speaker for a Trevecca chapel service.

“He talked about intersectionality, which is … discovering [that] no matter how different we are, from what we were raised culturally, or demographics, or skin color, whatever we may have come from, we all meet at a point,” Thomas recalled. “I think that that really led to me saying to Dr. Boone, ‘We’ve got to get this guy here.’”

University Chaplain and Assistant Professor of Christian Worship Shawna Songer Gaines hopes this week’s chapel services help students understand what it means to “flesh out” their own faith.

“I think one of the things we’ve tried to do here is to expose students to voices that maybe [they] haven’t heard before, and his voice is certainly unique, as somebody who has been in the rap and hip-hop community for decades,” Gaines said. “I hope for [students] to see a godly example of what it looks like to flesh out [their] faith in particular communities. I think our students are trying to figure out, what does it look like for them to be a Christian in the world of science? What does it look like to be a Christian back home with all of their high school friends? What does it look like to be a Christian in athletics? I really hope that they take away something from Propaganda’s time with us that helps them with the bigger picture of what it looks like to flesh out their faith in all of these different communities.”

Propaganda will speak during tonight’s evening chapel service at 6 p.m. in Boone Convocation Center, as well as the Tuesday morning service at 9:30 a.m.

By Moira Kurtz
Media contact: Mandy Crow, mmcrow@trevecca.edu, 615-248-1695