Following the morning chapel service at Trevecca in which the J. V. Morsch Center for Social Justice was officially launched, J. V. Morsch, for whom the Center is named, embraces Wilbur Brannon, director of pastoral ministry internships at Trevecca. Mrs. Morsch (left) and Mark Morsch (right), son of J.V. Morsch, look on.
Trevecca's J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice provides new career opportunities for students
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Nashville, Tennessee
On Tuesday, March 24, Trevecca Nazarene University announced the launch of the J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice, a multidisciplinary program of study created for students who want to make a lifelong commitment to community and civic responsibility. Students at the Center will acquire the academic and practical skills necessary to work in the areas of social policy, environmental studies and non-profit organizations that are devoted to human need in the local community or around the world.

"Trevecca students are moved by, and engaged with, the inequities and injustices in our neighborhoods and around the globe," said Dan Boone, president of Trevecca. "They have a strong desire to make a difference, and this program will provide the academic underpinnings as well as the real-life skills to develop these students into change agents for good. Providing first-hand experience in community outreach, lessons in the mechanics and business of fundraising, and training in policy making procedures, Trevecca will create world-class servant-leaders with the drive, the expertise, and the motivation to make a positive difference in our local and global communities."

The J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice will offer a four-year curriculum with courses in biblical justice, sociology, social work, business environmental studies, public governance, law, leadership, technology, and administration. Students will receive a degree in social justice with a concentration in social policy, environmental studies, or non-profit in congregational leadership.

"This new program extends outside the classroom where our students will develop relationships with local social service organizations and participate in hands-on service projects to expand their knowledge base and improve our community," said James Casler, director of the J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice. "We anticipate the program will be filled to capacity starting in the fall and that four years from now we will graduate our first class of Morsch Center educated servant-leaders."

The J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice is named in honor of Reverend James V. Morsch, a former pastor of First Church of the Nazarene in Nashville and the founder and national liaison coordinator for Nazarene Disaster Response. Amy Sherman, PhD, a senior fellow at the Sagamore Institute for Policy Research, in Indianapolis, Indiana, is a noted expert on charitable choice and faith based initiatives and is serving as the senior founding consultant for the Center.

Trevecca, now in its 108th year and with an enrollment of 2,300-plus, is a national research university that offers 52 baccalaureate degrees, four associate degrees, master's degrees in six disciplines, and two doctorates (education and clinical counseling).

In the fall of 2008, Trevecca launched the Center for Leadership, Calling, and Service, a program specifically designed to ensure that students succeed in college. In the fall of 2009, Trevecca will launch another interdisciplinary program in the worship arts.
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