CRCDS supports unity, diversity at Interfaith Prayer Service

Hundreds of people attended a standing-room only Interfaith prayer service, “Welcoming the Stranger” at Temple B’rith Kodesh in Rochester, NY on Sunday, February 5, 2017, including many members of the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School family. The event was in direct response to President Trump’s recent immigration ban.

CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle presided over the lighting of a sacred candle alongside CRCDS Trustee and Presbytery of the Genesee Valley Leader, Amy Williams Fowler. The prayer service, led by Rabbi Alan Katz of Temple Sinai, included readings from the Bible, the Torah, the Koran, the Book of Mormon and the reading of Hindu prose. Others participating from the CRCDS family were Rt. Rev. Prince Singh, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester and current CRCDS Trustee, Rabbi Peter Stein, Senior Rabbi at Temple B’rith Kodesh (currently teaching in the CRCDS Doctor of Ministry program), Muhammed Shafiq, Executive Director of the Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies at Nazareth College (also currently teaching in the CRCDS Doctor of Ministry program), and CRCDS Professor Emeritus, Dr. Gail Ricciuti.

Rabbi Katz summarized the service, saying, "It's important to come together and show the community that though we may vary in our approach to belief, we stand together on the important issues.”

Rt. Rev. Prince Singh reads from Scripture

Dr. Marvin McMickle, Rev. Amy Williams Fowler and Rabbi Peter Stein

Rev. Alan Dailey, Rev. Amy Williams Fowler, Dr. Marvin McMickle and Rev. Gordon Webster

CRCDS Black Student Caucus presents "At The Crossroads: Where Do We Go From Here?" beginning Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School's Black Student Caucus presents the 3rd Annual African American Heritage Series, "At the Crossroads: Where do we go from here?" in a four-part series during February, 2017. Event information is as follows:

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 

Worship Service: 4:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion: 5:00 p.m.

Topic: Health care
Preacher/Speaker – Rev. Dr. Linda Hickmon Evans
Panelists – Pastor Weldon Thomas, Rev. Phyllis Jackson

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Worship Service: 4:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion: 5:00 p.m.

Preacher/Speaker – Minister William Hall

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Topic: Black Family/Relationships
Preacher/Speaker – Rev. Dr. Erika Haygood Gault
Panelists – Rev. Dr. Linda Hickmon Evans, Pastor Sebrone Johnson (CRCDS '15)

Worship Service: 4:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion: 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 25, 2017 

Howard Thurman Symposium: "Effective Ministry in the 21st Century"
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Rev. Dr. Anthony L. Trufant (CRDS '87), Keynote Speaker

(Keynote and Lunch will be held in the CRCDS Refectory)

For questions or for more information, please contact GP Dickerson-Hanks at (585) 340-9651.

CRCDS student Rev. Myra Brown ordained a priest at Spiritus Christi Church

Rev. Myra Brown, Master of Divinity student at CRCDS and a deacon at Spiritus Christi Church, was ordained as a priest on Saturday, February 4, 2017. Rev. Brown is the third African American woman in the United States to be ordained as a priest in the Catholic church. Although the Vatican doesn't recognize women priests, Rev. Brown is undaunted. She says, “Who is in charge of ordination? Are we in charge or is God? I believe God chose me to do this work.” In her role at Spiritus Christi, she welcomes new parishoners, leads a racial justice ministry and leads weekend liturgies. She says, "It is a place where all are welcomed and all are called to live out the unconditional love of Jesus."

To read more news coverage about Rev. Brown's ordination, see:

CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle: "The Real Issue is Voter Suppression"

CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle addressed Donald Trump's claim of voter fraud in the November, 2016 Presidential election in a recent "Unite Rochester" blog.  "The real issue," says Dr. McMickle, "is voter suppression."

Read Dr. McMickle's post here:

CRCDS students, alumnus present award at 32nd MLK Day Community-Wide Celebration

CRCDS  Black Student Caucus president and Master of Divinity student Stefan Weathers, Rev. Frederick Dicks (CRCDS '16), and CRCDS Master of Divinity student Ethan Banister presented the Raymond L. Graves Community Service Social Justice Award to two distinguished pastors at the MLK Day Celebration on January 16, 2017. The 32nd annual community-wide celebration was held at Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre in Rochester, New York.

Rev. Dr. Iris Banister, a leader in the field of family growth and development, Christian counseling and anti-violence initiatives, was presented the award by Ethan Banister, her son.

Stefan Weathers presented the award to Rev. Weldon Thomas, pastor of New Bethel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Rochester, NY and Advisory Board member of the CRCDS Black Church Studies Program.

Bishop Gregory Parris was awarded the Robert Corbett award, given posthumously to an individual who exemplified a life committed to social justice, multicultural education and community involvement.

The Greater Rochester MLK Jr. Commission serves to educate the community to the ideals and actions of Martin Luther King, Jr. (CTS '51), working to secure human and civil rights through non violent social change, and to transform these ideals into actions and programs that improve life for residents of Rochester, NY. The planning committee for the Commission holds its meetings at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.