I Am Sexual Chapel

By Jarren Rogers

A special chapel discussing LGBTQ issues will be held tonight at 6 p.m. in Boone Convocation Center.

The idea for this exclusive chapel came about after university chaplain and assistant professor of Christian worship Shawna Gaines spoke with LGBTQ students on campus.

“It came about from conversations with students on campus and how they find their place in the Christian community here,” said Gaines.

University president Dan Boone will open the chapel with a few words of introduction. The chapel will feature junior Dylan Green and the director of Equip Ministries Peter Valk.

Following the service students can gather in the fireside room in CLCS to ask Green or Valk questions.

These conversations about sexuality aren’t so much about the issue at hand but caring for the individuals that are effected.

“It is important that we have this conversation with love, grace and truth. For us at Trevecca, this isn’t just another hot topic issue to be argued and debated. This is about our students who have names and stories. This is about the witness of the Christian community,” said Gaines.

Some students think it is important to have conversations about sexuality because it has become taboo to talk about.

“It is important that we talk about it so that we can understand it better rather than it be some monster that we are afraid of,” said senior Brady Smith.

Other students feel that Trevecca is the perfect place to have these conversations.

“Having a healthy and safe place to talk about these kinds of things eases the awkwardness of discussing this seemingly taboo subject. Sexuality is a very normal and natural thing and it should be talked about it as if it is,” said senior Maddie Clark.

Gaines urges students to continue to have these conversations even after the service.

“I hope more conversations continue as we all seek to be more faithful in our call to follow Jesus and love our neighbor as our self,” said Gaines.

Holy week services planned on campus

by Hannah Pollok

Though campus will shut down for Easter Break late this week, there will be several opportunities for students to participate in Holy Week activities before leaving for break.

Holy Week, which beings Sunday with Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Sunday, includes Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

The chaplain’s office has several events and services planned for the first part of the week.

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Security investigating third chapel equipment theft

By Brooklyn Dance

When the chapel band on Feb. 7 showed up to Boone Convocation Center to warm up, they realized their keyboard was gone.

For the second time this year, a keyboard that belongs to the university and is used for chapel has been stolen.  A set of drums owned by a student member of the band was also recently stolen.  The two keyboards are valued at $3,000.

Trevecca security officials are investigating the incident.

“There hasn’t been any forced entry, no broken windows or kicked doors,”  said Greg Dawson, director of security.  “We are waiting to review video so we can determine how they gained access.”

The building was locked when the theft happened and Dawson said the keyboard was stolen within an eight-hour window between security locking up the building on the previous Monday night and chapel band arriving the following morning to set up.

The last week of Christmas break another keyboard was stolen, as well as a set of drums owned by Michael Shelton, junior and drummer in the chapel band.

Security officers are patrolling the area around Boone more frequently and keeping the doors locked when the building is not in use.  Some of the locks have been changed to operate in a more secure manner, said Dawson. 

They also plan to add more security cameras inside the convocation area, Dawson said.

Installing more cameras is part of a larger university-wide initiative to make the campus more safe, he said.

“It’s not cheap, we have to do a little at a time,” Dawson said.  “A lot of time that priority is based on when an incident occurs- this [incident] has bumped the rest of the Boone Building up on the priority.”

Theft is the number one incident on campus, and it usually is on any college campus, Dawson said.

“Make sure you’re securing things in a space,” Dawson said.  “Don’t leave valuables in plain sight, take away the temptation to want to take it.”

Community Conversations discusses body image

By Blake Stewart

For students in college, learning to care for and love their body is important part of their spiritual formation.

A discussion about body image issues, expectations, finding a healthy balance and implementing God into that plan was the focus of Monday’s Community Conversations.

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Jason Sivewright to speak at spring Spiritual Deepening Week

By Hannah Pollok

Children’s book author, poet, musician, and public speaker Jason Sivewright will be the speaker for the spring semester Spiritual Deepening Week.

The week for spiritual renewal is scheduled for Jan. 31 – Feb. 2 with regular Tuesday and Thursday morning chapels and evening services Monday through Thursday.

Sivewright, owner of Sweet Boy Books, a Kansas City based company that produces children’s books, plans to bring a message about the importance of arts in spirituality to Trevecca students this week.

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New Worship Service to Start

By Brooklyn Dance

A brand new, student-led worship service kicks off tonight. 
 
SOMA, a completely student lead worship service, starts at 9 p.m. in TSAC. 
 
Jacob Bell, a junior religion major and student body chaplain, has had the idea of a worship-based gathering since the fall semester of 2015.  
 
“There is a lot going on in our city, state and country, and we want to be a part of what the Lord is doing,” Bell said.  
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Spiritual Deepening Week Starts Today

by Brooklyn Dance

 

Spiritual deepening week kicks off today in chapel.

 

Jacob Edwards, lead pastor of New Beginnings Church in Lee’s Summit, Mo. will be the guest speaker this week.  His theme for the week is “Bodies of Hope: resurrection in bodies broken, rejected and dead.”

 

He will be preaching out of the Gospel narratives; the stories of the life of Jesus and what we see of bodies of hope in those Gospel stories, Songer Gaines said.

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