In recent days, we’ve reiterated the University’s stance on racism and discrimination. Believing that all people are made in the image of God, we denounce racism in all forms and stand in solidarity against injustice. Discrimination and racism have no place on our campus or in our community. We desire this campus to be a place that truly reflects the multicultural Body of Christ as described in Revelation 7:9, the family that Christ has called us to. It is our hope that at Trevecca, we will live out the very definition of our name, which means “a binding together in love.” We recognize that as an institution we are not perfect, and have, at times fallen short of this goal. We ask for your forgiveness and will continue to seek reconciliation, as Scripture calls us to do.
Please understand that this page is a starting point. This is an ongoing conversation and as it continues, this page will be updated with more information.
Steps We’re Taking
We want to ensure that our words translate into actions. As the Trevecca community, we will be taking steps to continue this conversation and invite our students into the decisions about what happens next. You can expect:
- Continued discussions about racism, diversity and inclusion with student leaders, faculty and staff
- Forums for student/administrator conversations
- A task force of University officials and administrators has been created to examine University procedures and practices and determine ways to better honor God and each other.
- Reaffirmation that Trevecca is a community built on love of God and love of our neighbors, a place where the dignity of all people is valued. Our commitment to racial justice is built on the gospel, and we seek to live out this truth as a community.
- The University has pledged to continue to create more diversity in the hiring of staff, faculty and leaders.
We have been listening and learning in these recent days and are seeking ways to translate our statements from words to actions. Here are a few actions we are currently taking and invite you to join us.
- Pray: We join believers of all races and ethnicities across our country and around our world in praying for justice, repentance, peace, reconciliation, forgiveness, wisdom, courage, strength, grace and love. We pray for God’s leadership in our lives and decisions and for His wisdom and courage as we welcome difficult conversations with reconciliation as our goal. May His kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven (Matt. 6:9; Luke 11:2).
- Meditate on Scripture: Genesis 1:26-27; Micah 6:8; Psalm 34:18; Psalm 103:6; Isaiah 1:17; John 3:16-17; Galatians 3:28; Revelation 7:9
- Listen and learn: Take this moment to really listen, to seek out perspectives that are different from your own and pay attention to voices you might be missing. Need some guidance? Check out this list.
- Take action personally: Be willing to let God, through the Holy Spirit, reveal sinful thoughts, beliefs and actions in your own heart. Take an implicit bias test. Pay attention to the voices and content you allow into your life. Are you consuming information, movies, music, food or products from other perspectives or racial identities other than your own?
- Take action communally. For members of our community who are white, listen to the stories and experiences of people of color within our Trevecca and Nashville community and seek to support them. Learn more about your elected officials, where they stand on issues and make your voice heard. Call out ideas or acts of racism and discrimination when you see them. Seek ways to work with other believers from diverse congregations. Get involved with local ministries or organizations that invest in urban neighborhoods and diverse sections of our city.
- Act with grace: As believers, we recognize the overwhelming measure of grace God has shown us in Jesus. Seek to be a conduit of grace in your community, loving others well and knowing we all fall short. Understand that as believers, we follow a God of reconciliation who understands our pain and does not overlook injustice or oppression. He is the God who makes all things new, and we long for that, understanding our world is broken. Reconciliation is not an easy or quick process. Our community’s commitment to reconciliation will call some of us to radical repentance and others to radical forgiveness.
- Join the conversation: Follow #FightRacism on Twitter or other social media sites to find posts on efforts to fight racism. Post your own. Join a local Christian group fighting racism. Within the Trevecca community, give to scholarships that support students in our social justice program. Support the Walden Club, a student organization for African American students; and get involved with the Trevecca Urban Farm, which seeks to find ways to alleviate food security and access issues in the neighborhoods that surround the University.
We are heartbroken by all that has happened in our city and across the nation. As a University, we affirm—in its entirety—the Manual statement on discrimination from the Church of the Nazarene, which says, in part: “We renounce any form of racial and ethnic indifference, exclusion, subjugation, or oppression as a grave sin against God and our fellow human beings. We lament the legacy of every form of racism throughout the world, and we seek to confront that legacy through repentance, reconciliation, and biblical justice.” Please read the entire statement from the Manual. As a Christian university, we denounce every form of racism and will strive to ensure this defines our campus community, our city and our nation. We love and stand in solidarity with our black brothers and sisters against injustice.
- Disunity in Christ by Christena Cleveland
- Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence by Derald Wing Sue
- Who Lynched Willie Earle: Preaching to Confront Racism by William H. Willimon
- White Out: Understanding White Privilege and Dominance in the Modern Age by Christopher Collins and Alexander Jun
- The End of White Christian America by Robert P. Jones
- Diversity Matters: Race, Ethnicity & the Future of Christian Higher Education, edited by Karen A. Longman
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism by Drew G. Hart
- New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone
- Woke Church: An Urgent Call for Christians in America to Confront Racism and Injustice by Eric Mason
- I’m Still Here; Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
- How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram Kendi
- White Fragility by Robin DeAngelo (free study guide available)
- White Rage by Carol Anderson
- Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness and Justice by Brenda Salter McNeil
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- When They See Us (available on Netflix)
- Just Mercy (available on Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu and iTunes)
- Selma (available on Google Play, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Vudu and iTunes)
- If Beale Street Could Talk (Available on Amazon Prime, Google Play, Hulu, YouTube, Vudu and iTunes)
- The Hate U Give (Available on Amazon Prime, Google Play, Hulu, YouTube and Vudu)
- Anti-racism resources from the Church of the Nazarene
Nazarene Multicultural Ministries, Black Ministries
- Racism and Rooftop Experiences, a blog post by Dr. Dan Boone
- Devotion by Erik Gernand, university chaplain
- Spring 2020 Advance Magazine on Why Diversity Matters
- Q Sessions on Race and Repair
- Christian Choices for a Son of the South, a blog post by Dr. Dan Boone
- Video resource for churches with Coach Omar Mance
- Trevecca's Walden Club
- Trevecca's Diversity Council
- Trevecca's Futuro Chapter
- Gideon’s Army
- The Equity Alliance
- The Martha O’Bryan Center
- Trevecca Urban Farm
Local Black-owned Businesses to Support
Check out these Black-owned businesses and restaurants near Trevecca. More will be added as this resource is updated.
- Slim & Husky’s Pizzeria
- The Cupcake Collection
- 400 Degrees Hot Chicken
- Prince’s Hot Chicken
- StrikeOut Wingz
- Jamaicaway Midtown
- Swett’s Diner
- 8th and Roast
- Tacos with a Twist