Intersection of Faith & Health Wednesday, February 25th: Opening the Door to Health and Wellness for Gay Men and MSM

Colgatee Rochester Crozer Divinity School and the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute are pleased to present an all-day forum aimed at strengthening and sustaining partnerships between faith communities, public health, academic institutions and community partners.  These groups hope to advance and support HIV prevention and improve health care efforts for gay men and MSM, especially young men of color.

The forum is begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. and includes luncheon discussions between 12:30 p.m. and 1:20 p.m.

This forum has been generously sponsored by Trillium Health, Mocha Center, The  Rochester Victory Alliance and Action for a Better Community, Inc.

Please click here to view the flyer listing the day's schedule of events and speaker information:

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Register Today! Deadline for October, 2015 Israel-Palestine Trip has been extended until February 27, 2015

If you've been thinking about joining the enthusiastic group of folks heading to Israel-Palestine October 1-14, 2015, but haven't yet registered, there's good news!

The deadline for registrations has been extended until Friday, February 27, 2015.

This event, back by popular demand, visits Jewish, Christian and Muslim holy sites and allows attendees to meet and mingle with people of different faiths who inhabit this incredibly fragile, complex and beautiful land. Holy Land Pics 5-9-08 035

Throughout the fourteen days, there will be occasions for prayer, worship, Bible study, as well as lectures on ancient and contemporary theological and ethical topics. This trip has been organized by Dr. Melanie Duguid May and Dr. Mark Brummitt.

Estimated cost, all-inclusive: $5,500.00.
Extension opportunity to travel to Petra, Jordan; extra cost of $550.

APPLICATIONS with non-refundable deposit of $750 due February 27, 2015.
Click here to download the application.

Dr. Marvin A. McMickle Invites You to Attend CRCDS Spring Convocation on March 2nd

jim sheppardDr. Marvin A. McMickle, President of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, cordially invites you to attend the 2015 Spring Semester Opening Convocation on Monday, March 2, at 4:00 p.m. in the Samuel Colgate Memorial Chapel.

After the service, retired Rochester City police chief Mr. James M. Sheppard will discuss topical issues related to police training, procedures and interactions with the public, particularly those involving minorities.

Light refreshments will be served after the service.


The Blessing and Burden of Black History Month by Dr. Marvin A. McMickle

We invite you to read and comment on this essay written by Dr. Marvin A. McMickle which was published in the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle's Unite Rochester blog on February 11, 2015:

As a result of the efforts and initiative of the Harvard-trained black historian, Carter G. Woodson the month of February is now known as Black History Month. He first called for a special focus on the historical pilgrimage and accomplishments of African Americans back in 1926, and at that time the celebration was limited to just one week. The month of February was selected because it was the birth month of both Abraham Lincoln who issued the Emancipation Proclamation and Frederick Douglass who was an escaped slave who worked tirelessly for the abolition of slavery and who also recruited black men to enlist in the Union army and fight for the final eradication of slavery. When done properly, Black History Month does not begin with slavery in this country. Instead it begins with the great African civilizations that thrived in the centuries before Europeans first began trafficking in human lives. It is a time to remember the presence of and contributions of African people in antiquity, including the African presence in the Bible. It is a time to remember that like the Jewish community, there is also an African diaspora that has seen people of African ancestry migrate and populate places all over the world. Black History Month is a time to remember the contributions of African Americans to every aspect of life in this country. The full story about advances in medicine, literature, music, science, athletics, politics, journalism, law, theology, mechanical engineering, and banking cannot be fully told without references the contributions of African Americans. Sadly, we still need Black History Month because so many school districts, text books, and boards of education pay little or no attention to the full story of the African American experience. I invite all citizens of Rochester to know not only about George Washington, but also about George Washington Carver. I invite you to learn not only about Wiliam Shakespeare, but also about Langston Hughes and Paul Lawrence Dunbar and Phyllis Wheatley.

When you think about Babe Ruth don't forget Josh Gibson. When you think about Laurence Olivier think also about Ira Aldrdige and Paul Robeson. Everybody who has gone go see the movie American Sniper should also agree to see Red Tails which is about the Tuskegee Airmen. There are a great many people, black and white who have no awareness of the ways in which their daily lives have been shaped and impacted by the inventions, creations, and contributions of African Americans. There is more to learn than can be taught in one month. Black history should be more intentionally woven into the standard curriculum of every school district in this country. However, until that day comes we will keep looking forward to Black History Month as a way to better understand how this nation and this world have been enriched by the contributions of African Americans; many of those contributions coming in the face of great disadvantage and discrimination. From one end of Greater Rochester to the other, we may more quickly improve race relations if we can first alter racial impressions. The truth about African Americans remains largely untaught and thus unknown. Let's all agree to watch one TV special, attend one stage production, read one recommended text, go to hear one lecture, or ask one elderly black person what changes they have seen in this country during their lifetime. You will be surprised what you discover about this country and ALL the people who helped to build it.

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CRCDS Community is Saddened to Announce the passing of Life Trustee Raymond N. Bligh, Sr., (CTS '56)

The CRCDS community is saddened to announce the recent passing of Raymond N. Bligh, Sr., Life Trustee and 1956 Crozer graduate on January 31, 2015. His memorial service will be held on April 25, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Wellesley, MA. To view his obituary, click here:
Memorial gifts are appreciated and can be made to the Raymond N. and Barbara J. Bligh Scholarship Fund at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, 1100 South Goodman St., Rochester, NY 14620.

Ray was dedicated to Crozer and dedicated to keeping the legacy of Crozer vibrant and alive after the merger with Colgate Rochester in 1970.
Condolences may be sent to his daughter, Pamela Varriale, at 15 Kelley St., Medway, MA, 02053 or by phoning 508-259-2861.