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.

Spiritual Deepening Week


By: Blake Stewart

Spiritual Deepening week begins Monday and will continue through Thursday. Special speakers, daily devotionals, and prayer meetings are just a few of the things students can expect.

Deirdre Brower Latz, the principal and senior lecturer in pastoral and social theology at Nazarene Theological College, is the featured speaker and will hold conversations involving this year’s chapel theme “I am”.

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Trevecca host walk through awareness event for victims of domestic sex-trafficking

By Blake Stewart

Beginning tomorrow, students will get a chance to experience a simulation of what it’s like for a young girl to be trafficked.

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Trevecca: a community founded on serving others

By: Blake Stewart

From abandoned churches to caves, Trevecca’s campus has historically been a community of healing.

Since it’s finding in 1898, Trevecca has moved locations, but kept the same mission.

“Our faith calls us to be engaged in the transformation of those around us and to get in the trenches to find what the need is,” said Dan Boone, university president. “It’s an extension of God to be able to help our neighbors.”

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Spiritual Deepening Week features guest speaker

By: Blake Stewart

Spiritual Deepening Week kicks off today and a 30-year veteran of compassionate ministry in the Nazarene Church will be speaking at several sessions over the next few days.

Phil Stout, a pastor for more than 30 years has focused his leadership in the church on ministries of compassion and justice. Stout did his graduate work in Peace studies at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and would move on to receive his Doctorate of Ministry degree at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

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Students have more chapel options

By: Ashley Walling

Students have more options for chapel credits this year, including the possibility of receiving credit for attending a student-led service.

SOMA, a student-led worship service, will be offered three times on Thursday nights for chapel credit.  Additionally, the chaplain’s office has planned more than 50 chapel services for the school.  Students must attend 24.

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Survivor to share story in chapel

By Blake Stewart

A survivor of one the longest lasting civil wars on record will be speaking at chapel on Tuesday.


James Baak, founder of Solidarity Ministries Africa for Reconciliation and Development, is in Nashville to tell his story of survival of redemption.

“By inviting Mr. Baak to share his story, I hope that students will learn of today’s refugee struggles and begin asking how they can be the hands and feet of Christ as we strive to answer the call of Mathew 25:35 which states ‘For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, … I was sick and you visited me,’ ” said James Casler, director, J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice.


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