CRCDS Fall Lectures this week!

CRCDS Fall Lectures, "In Christ, there is no abled or disabled…Inclusion, accessibility & belonging" will be held October 5-8, 2015. Lectures and discussions are timely, topical and thought-provoking.

All lectures are free and open to the public! Register now:

For your convenience, lunches are available Monday, Tuesday and Thursday on the CRCDS campus and may be purchased for $14 (tax included).

Lecture highlights include:


9:00 am-3:00 pm, Ithaca Auditorium, CRCDS

Veterans, Moral Injury & Soul Repair: Rita N. Brock, Ph.D., Co-Director of the Soul Repair Center, Brite Divinity School
In this powerful and poignant lecture and discussion, Dr. Brock discusses the long way back for veterans who have suffered life-altering trauma to body and spirit. She is the co-author of Soul Repair: Recovery from Moral Injury After War (Beacon, 2012). This event is specifically designed for all those interested in the care of veterans, including relatives, loved ones and professionals who care for veterans.
12:00 Noon: Community Lunch at CRCDS (Reservation Required)

4:00 pm: African American Chapel Service, Samuel Colgate Memorial Chapel, CRCDS

Garth Kasimu Baker-Fletcher, Ph.D. preaching

7:00 pm: African American Legacy Lecture, Ithaca Auditorium, CRCDS

"Challenging Disabilities: Theories, Themes and Trials," Garth Kasimu Baker-Fletcher, Ph.D.

Garth Kasimu Baker-Fletcher, Ph.D. is a liberation theologian, ethicist and disability theorist. He is the author of eight books, most recently "Pain, Suffering and Danger," a theodicy exploring the Christian cliches about pain and the boundaries associated with it.



9:00 am-12:00 Noon: African American Legacy Workshop

“Disabilities and Spirituality," Ithaca Auditorium, CRCDS

Garth Kasimu Baker-Fletcher, Ph.D.


12:00 noon: Community Lunch at CRCDS (Registration Required)
7:00 pm: Christian Faith and LGBT Experience Lecture, Asbury First United

Methodist Church, 1050 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

Chris Hilderbrant, Chief Operating Officer, Finger Lakes Health Systems Agencies, Rochester, NY co-presents with author/advocate Gregory Girard, on issues of inclusion, accessibility and belonging.



Janice Lynn Cohen Symposium

8:00 am-12:00 Noon, Class of 1962 Auditorium, U of R Medical Center, 601 Elmwood Ave., Rochester NY 14642

“What happened to you? Toxic Stress in Children & Youth”

Michael A. Scharf, M.D. Associate Professor, University of Rochester Medical Center School of Medicine and Dentistry & Chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Co-presented with Tim Wieder, MSW, M.Div., Professor of Sociology & Facilitator, Safety Net Program.
Many children and youth are exposed to trauma and adverse experiences that may lead to toxic stress and affect lifelong health, wellness and development.This symposium discusses causes and effects of toxic stress on youth and provides valuable information on how to identify, manage and treat this growing threat to children's health.

Especially helpful for parents, teachers, mental health practitioners, social workers, child care professionals, spiritual leaders and all who interact with at-risk children.


7:00 pm: The Gene Bartlett Lecture, Ithaca Auditorium, CRCDS

“We Lived by Not Noticing: Re-Imaging the Text in a Disabled Culture”  Gail Ricciuti, D.D.
Associate Professor of Homiletics, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School



10:30 am: Samuel Colgate Memorial Chapel, CRCDS

Gene Bartlett Chapel Service, Gail Ricciuti, D.D. preaching


12:00 Noon: Community Lunch at CRCDS (Reservation Required)

1:30 pm: Ithaca Auditorium, CRCDS

The Gene Bartlett Lecture: “Knapsack Artistry and The Accessible Text", Gail Ricciuti, D.D.


To view a complete listing of events and speaker bios, please see: 2015 Fall Lecture Brochure

Venues are handicapped accessible.

If you have questions, please call (585) 340-9643 or email




Come and See what CRCDS is all about! November 9th is Fall Preview Day

fall preview 2015 flierAutumn is here on the Hill, and with it comes an opportunity to visit CRCDS. Please join us on Monday, November 9, 2015 to tour our campus, sit in on a class, attend chapel and enjoy an informational dinner.

For your convenience,you may choose from one of two sessions:

Session 1: 12:30 p.m.- 5:00
Session 2: 3:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

For more information, please call Polly Bush at (585) 340-9500 or email

To register online, please click here.

Black Student Caucus of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School EVENT: Alumni Revival, "Bridging the Gap" October 15-17, 2015

The Black Student Caucus of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School presents "Bridging the Gap" Alumni Revival, October 15-17, 2015. Events on Thursday, October 15, 2015 and Friday, October 16, 2015 will be held at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 250 Samuel McCree Way, Rochester, NY 14611 at 7:00 pm.

"Bridging the Gap" Roundtable Discussion on Saturday, October 17, 2015 will be held at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, 1100 S. Goodman St., Rochester, NY 14620 at 12:00 pm.

Events Include:

  • Thursday, October 15, 2015: Student Lecturer Holly McCloud, CRCDS Student and Black Student Caucus Chaplain, joins Alumni Preacher Pastor James McCarrol (CRCDS '03) at 7:00 pm, Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church.


  • Friday, October 16, 2015: Student Lecturer Rickey Harvey Jr., CRCDS Student and Black Student Caucus President, joins Alumni Preacher Rev. Dr. Jill Bradway (CRCDS '11) at 7:00 pm, Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church.


  • Saturday, October 17, 2015: Alumni and current CRCDS students meet for a roundtable dialogue and a light lunch at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, 1100 S. Goodman St. Rochester, NY 14620 at 12:00 pm.

Please RSVP for Saturday's event by October 9, 2015 to: GP Dickerson-Hanks at

Black Student Caucus Revival 2015









CRCDS Hosts Rochester Faith Collaborative Conference on HIV/AIDS

CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle welcomed the Rochester Faith Collaborative Conference to the CRCDS campus on Tuesday, September 15, 2015. The conference, entitled "A Call to Action: the Church's Role in Ending the AIDS Epidemic" brought together faith leaders, community advocates, medical professionals and family members of those suffering from HIV/AIDS.

Master of Ceremonies Rev. Weldon Thomas introduced keynote speaker Rev. Edwin Sanders II as well as roundtable panelists Dr. Amina Alio, Michele Boyd, Chris Goodwin, Dr. Michael Keefer and Dr. LaRon Nelson.

Panelists discussed current research being done in the field of HIV/AIDS, survey results conducted last year collected from persons living with the disease and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's push to "End the Epidemic" in an effort to mobilize resources for dealing with the disease.