Kitty Van Bortel and Deborah Hughes to receive Women of Vision Award at CRCDS October 6, 2016

Kitty Van Bortel, President of Van Bortel Auto Group and Deborah Hughes, Executive Director of the National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House, will receive the Helen Barrett Montgomery Women of Vision Award at CRCDS on October 6, 2016. This award, presented to women in leadership who embrace and promote the empowerment of other women, will be given during a luncheon beginning at 12:15 p.m. on October 6, 2016 as part of the school's Fall Lectures.

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Travel With CRCDS in 2017: The Land Called Holy and its Peoples–A Christian Pilgrimage

Join faculty, students and friends of CRCDS in the Spring of 2017 as we again travel to the Holy Land. Visit sites sacred to three faith communities—Jewish, Christian and Muslim, and experience first-hand the daily life of its inhabitants.

Participants will examine both religious and political realities in the Holy Land, while looking through the lens of military occupation—the ancient Roman occupation and the contemporary Israeli occupation—that tears the fabric and peoples of the land.  Particular attention will be paid both to the lives and faith of Palestinians living under occupation today—including visits to Bethlehem, Hebron, Nablus, Jenin—and “the forgotten Palestinians” living in the state of Israel—including visits to Acre, East Jerusalem, Haifa, Jaffa. Throughout the trip, there will be occasions for daily group reflection, for lectures on biblical and contemporary theological and ethical topics, and for worship and prayer.

Total cost for airfare, full-board accommodation, guides, transport, and amenities is $5,500. Please note that this trip is a pilgrimage and accommodations will be simple, safe, and clean. Single occupancy accommodations throughout the trip are available for an additional $500.

Please contact Dr. Melanie Duguid-May ( ) or Dr. Mark Brummitt ( for more information.

This travel opportunity is offered through the CRCDS Department of Academic Life and by the Gene Bennett Program for Life Long Learning.


"Using the Good Book for Bad Thoughts" by Dr. Marvin A. McMickle

On September 7, 2016, CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle published a "Unite Rochester" blog in the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle entitled, "Using the Good Book for Bad Thoughts." Read the full text of Dr. McMickle's blog here:

As the LGBTQ community in this country continues to seek and oft times receive full acceptance in all areas of our society, I am shocked and ashamed of the fact that many people within the Christian church remain closed-minded and unwelcoming of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters.

What is especially troubling to me as a long-time pastor and now as a theological educator is how some people attempt to use the Bible to justify their bigotry on this topic. I repeatedly hear such persons quoting from Leviticus 18:22 that refers to same-gender sexual contact as an abomination.

There are two things about this approach that trouble me. First, there is the simple fact that Leviticus is a 10th century BCE document that reflects a culture and a communal life that has largely disappeared in the modern world; even in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv! More importantly, there is so much more in Leviticus that these Bible quoters seem free to ignore. In Leviticus 19 it says we should not place tattoos on our bodies. I have heard no preacher condemn tattoos. It says that men should not cut the hair at the side of their heads or trim their beards, but I hear no preaching against going to the barber shop.

That same chapter also forbids wearing clothing made of two different types of fabric; hence silk and wool, or polyester clothing should be condemned. Leviticus 19 states that we should be kind to any foreigners living among us (immigrants and refugees). Yet, the anti-immigrant rhetoric in our society is harsh and visceral. Leviticus 19 also urges us not to hold grudges against one another.  Why are the people who are so quick to quote Leviticus 18:22 and the evils of homosexuality so mute about what is found in the very next chapter, let alone the rest of the entire book?

Some Christians want to be able to embrace one favorite verse while ignoring all the rest. It does not and it cannot work that way. If there is one verse that all Christians should embrace perhaps it should be Leviticus 19: 18 that says, "love your neighbor as yourself." I would encourage every preacher to make this one verse the center of their theology.

You're invited to worship with us!

Did you know that CRCDS offers regular worship services each semester? Services are open to the public and reflect a variety of faith traditions and denominations. Services are held in the Samuel Colgate Memorial Chapel on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 4:15 pm.

Please note: On Tuesday, October 25, 2016 and Tuesday, December 6, 2016, services will be held at 11:20 a.m. in the Chapel instead of 4:15.

Please come and join us as we gather and worship together!








CRCDS 2016 Summer/Fall Bulletin published

The CRCDS semi-annual Bulletin, Faith: Critically engaged has been published and is available in print and online. If you are in need of additional copies, or have a question about the Bulletin, please visit or call the Office of Institutional Advancement at (585) 340-9643.

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