You don't normally get up so early on Saturday, but your friends told you about this program, about the amazing kids they got to hang out with, and besides, you know that a chance to get 5 convo credits in one day is a good one. So you roll out of bed and head off, a little unsure of what to expect, but a little excited as well.
You're going into.nashville.
As a unique convocation-credit program, into.nashville exposes Belmont students to the diverse communities of Nashville, offers students an education in how to engage and embrace those segments of society so often ignored by the upwardly mobile, and gives students a glimpse into how others in Nashville are seeking to transform the world. Every student that participates goes into.nashville gets 5 total convocation credits.
Each event is a little different. Sometimes your group will be serving alongside our neighbors who happen to be homeless. Sometimes, we gather information to aid in the help against human trafficking in Nashville. Sometimes we work with kids who are trying hard to read at their own grade level.
But every time, we have a chance to learn what issues face our urban neighbors. We explore what is being done all over this city for the sake of those most often forgotten. We listen to ways in which God is already at work around us, and for ways in which God calls us to join that work.
Below are the ministries we will be partnering with this semester:
Organized Neighbors of Edgehill (ONE) is an active neighborhood organization that combines the efforts of public housing residents, private housing residents, churches, schools, businesses, and other people interested in the community who share a common interest in the Edgehill Community.
East Nashville Cooperative Ministries (ENCM) is a Christian, ecumenical ministry organized for the purpose of improving the health and welfare of the residents of the East Nashville Community through contributing food, clothing, and education.
Operation Stand Down assists Veterans and their families so that they can be self-sustaining and better connected to the community.
First Hispanic Methodist Church is a Christian community of faith which serves the Hispanic/Latin population in the city of Nashville TN. Currently located in the Memorial Building of Woodbine United Methodist Church, our church has more than 10 years of tradition of hosting a diverse and multicultural community with backgrounds from USA, Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, and Puerto Rico. Such diversity allows for a worship experience that combines theology, culture, and tradition through the eyes of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd generations of Hispanic/Latin populations in America.
At the Hands on Nashville Urban Farm the core focus of programming is to engage youth who live in neighborhoods with limited access to fresh foods. Join us to see how we encourage exploration, discovery, and leadership around growing food and making healthy food choices.
Join the Center for Student Missions for a guided city prayer tour.
Hobson United Methodist Church (HUMC), is a community of believers and seekers, united in an intentionally diverse, inclusive, and reconciling Christian congregation, seeking to include and empower everyone, regardless of age, family/marital status, race/ethnicity, economic circumstance, sexual orientation, gender identity, or ability. In late 2011, the small but innovative congregation was unable to pay for a costly roof repair and heating bills required to keep the century-old church building in repair and insured AND extend ministries to the community, and thus moved into a new building. By partnering with HUMC, we will be able to help the congregation get back on their feet in their new location.
Jan. 25 We will be serving with Second Harvest Food Bank. According to the USDA, an estimated 50.1 million Americans are at risk of hunger, and 16.7 million U.S. children under 18 are food insecure. One in four children in the state of Tennessee are food insecure. Second Harvest works with over 400 Partner Agencies throughout our service area to serve those struggling with hunger. Today, SHFB is one of the largest and most comprehensive of over 200 food banks and food distribution centers nationwide.
Feb. 22 Located in North Nashville, Ransom Temple Cumberland Presbyterian Church was founded in 1889. It wasn't until 2011 that they installed their first female pastor. Come help us paint their new youth room which will serve as a safe and fun space for under privileged children in the North Nashville area!
April 5 Come on out to the Trevecca Urban Farm in which students learn how to create abundant, healthy food out of the unused resources around the community. With programs such as Chickens, Greenhouses, Composting, and Aquaponics, TUF is a life giving organization teaching not only healthier living but also environmental justice.
We go into.nashville.
Along with your sign up, please fill out and turn in the Risk & Release form to the Office of University Ministries.
Visit our FAQ page for details on what to bring and answers to common questions.
If you have specific questions about into.nashville, or about outreach programs at Belmont, contact Belmont's Director of Outreach, Micah Weedman.