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Lipscomb’s “Gift to Nashville”

Lighting of the Green is an annual Lipscomb event marking the start of the Christmas season.

It has been a popular tradition at Lipscomb for 18 years, extending its reach not only to those affiliated with Lipscomb but also citizens of the Nashville area.

Lighting of the Green has always been a free event where all are welcomed with open arms. It includes festivities for all ages such as family pictures with Santa, Merry Marketplace, and performances from Amy Grant, Lipscomb choirs, and other special guests.

“The Lighting of the Green is Lipscomb’s gift to Nashville,” Dr. Jimmy McCollum, Lipscomb alum and Professor of Communication, said.

Michael Tait of Newsboys and formerly DC Talk and Amy Perry of Selah acknowledged this when reflecting on their involvement with the Lighting on the Green.

In an interview with Herd Media, Perry spoke on the opportunity that comes during the Christmas season to witness to non-believers through classic Christmas songs and joyful performances.

She stated that Christmas presents a unique excuse for people to experience God unexpectedly.

“I love Christmas, it’s my favorite season. And situations like Christmas concerts set the stage for us to lead it back to the cross,” Perry said.

“Christmas time is exciting, but it means so much more to us because we know the deeper meaning of why we celebrate,” Tait said.

Lipscomb alumni and longtime Lighting of the Green attendees Lynn and Ron King had similar feelings

“Lighting of the Green means reflection and community; it is a coming together for Christ. It is a reminder for us, and it showcases Christ to others. It is the light we shine in this city,” the Kings said.

What sets Lighting of the Green apart from other holiday events in Nashville is its emphasis on community.

Whether once Lipscomb students or not, when the audience takes their seat at the Lighting of the Green, they become a part of a bigger community of people seeking togetherness through faith.

Article by Mallory Syvertson

Photos by Gracey Parnell and Addie Daubenmier

Radio story by Brandon Bigsby and Danny Kotula