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Marginalia: To the Least of These



Marginalia is a student organization with a dual focus on homelessness and incarceration.  We seek to heed the prophet’s exhortation to “defend the rights of the poor and needy” in the following ways:
  • Educating ourselves and our community about issues surrounding homelessness and incarceration in Nashville
  • Standing in solidarity with those affected by homelessness or incarceration through acts of justice
  • Serving people experiencing homelessness or incarceration through a ministry of presence 

Upcoming Events

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President: Laren Plummer and Ben Jackson

Vice President: TBD

Secretary: TBD

Treasurer: TBD

History and Vision

  • In 1875, Holland Nimmons McTyeire, Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and the first president of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust, proclaimed the University theological community a Schola Prophetarum. In working to uphold the spirit of those who have created the “School of the Prophets,” Marginalia seeks to uphold this tradition by bearing witness to the needs and experiences of the Nashville homeless community.
  • We recognize that theological education is an ongoing process, and we seek to continue our own education and spiritual growth by reaching out to those on the margins.
  • In keeping with the commitments of Vanderbilt University Divinity School to be “effective agents in working for a more just and humane society,” Marginalia has “special concern for the oppressed, for prisoners, for the poor … and for the securing of equal opportunity for all individuals, peoples, and creatures to enjoy God’s gifts.”