Register Now! CRCDS Spring Lectures & Reunion, April 17-20, 2017

CRCDS is proud to present the 2017 Spring Lectures and Reunion: "When I was in Prison…Restoring Dignity and Justice" on Monday, April 17 through Thursday, April 20, 2017. The public is cordially invited to listen, learn and participate as we bring together a community of scholars, advocates, educators, activists, ministers and lay people who will discuss the critical and often dire conditions surrounding incarceration in and outside of the United States.

Speakers include those who have worked inside the prison system, those who work diligently for reform and those who have experienced discrimination and prejudice personally and professionally. This extremely topical series includes a film screening, lectures, panel discussions, workshops and community lunches.

Lectures are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Call 585-340-9643 or register online at


African American Legacy Lecture: Documentary & Conversation featuring the film, "13th". 

Monday, April 17, 2017     7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This Academy-Award nominated film explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the U.S. prison system and disproportionate incarceration of African Americans. Discussion following film.


Stanley I. Stuber Lecture: “Life Ain’t What It Used To Be, Part 1” —  Tuesday, April 18, 2017  1:30 pm-3:00 pm

Stanley I. Stuber Lecture: "Life Ain't What It Used to Be, Part 2" —   Wednesday, April 19, 2017    1:30 pm-3:00 pm

Speaker: Dr. Edward L. Hunt, Professor at New York Theological Seminary, is the former Director of the Professional Studies Program at the Sing Sing Correctional facility. A registered therapist and ordained Baptist minister, Dr. Hunt has worked with the criminally insane & troubled youth.

JC Wynn Lecture: “Building Social Movements In A Time Of Polarization”Wednesday, April 19, 2017    7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Speaker: Daniel Hunter, organizer and strategist with the activist training group Training for Change. His book, Building a Movement to End the New Jim Crow, is a complementary book to Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow. This book will be  available for purchase.

Incarceration Panel Discussion: Part of CRCDS Spring Lectures, "When I was in Prison: Restoring Dignity & Justice"  

Thursday, April 20, 2017    10:30 am-11:45 am

Led by Dr. Joshua Dubler, Assistant Professor of Religion, University of Rochester

Panelists will examine and discuss contemporary and historical incarceration in the United States. Special emphasis will be placed on identifying concrete ways we can improve the current judicial system while addressing issues related to inequity and justice.

Panelists include: Rev. Daryl G. Bloodsaw (D.Min., CRCDS ‘17), Pastor,
First Baptist Church of Crown Heights, NYC, Thomas VanStrydonck,
Deputy Monroe County Executive and retired NYS Supreme Court
justice, and Rev. Karyn Carter, NYS Office of Child and Family Services
(CRCDS ‘00).

LGBT Lecture: “When Faith Kills: A Report From The LGBTQI Jamaican Front Lines”

Thursday, April 20, 2017     7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Speaker: Maurice Tomlinson, Esq., Attorney and LGBTI human rights advocate. Mr. Tomlinson, a senior policy analyst with the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, is active in LGBTI issues in his native Jamaica & challenges anti-gay laws in the Caribbean. In 2012, Maurice received the inaugural David Kato Vision and Voice Award, which recognizes individuals who defend human rights and the dignity of LGBTI people around the world.

NOTE: Community Lunches at CRCDS during Spring Lecture Series: Tuesday-Thursday, April 18-20, 2017 are available for $15pp, tax included. Reservations MUST be received by March 31, 2017. Call 585-340-9643 or register online at http://










CRCDS Stands in Support of our Jewish Brothers and Sisters

Members of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, including faculty, students and alumni/ae attended a "Rally Against Anti-Semitism" yesterday in Brighton, NY, joining almost 150 people to decry hate crimes taking place locally and across the nation against the Jewish community. Coverage from this event is included here:

CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle is attending a press conference this afternoon condemning racism, prejudice and intolerance and standing in support with members of the Interfaith community of the Greater Rochester area.

Dr. McMickle published a blog post today in the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle entitled, ""No Time for Silence" calling all of us to action. Read his message here:



Special Announcement from CRCDS

Dear Friends,

Last May, the CRCDS Board of Trustees voted unanimously to enter into an agreement to sell the current CRCDS campus on South Goodman Street in Rochester, NY.  This decision was the culmination of two decades of conversations and discussions about the suitability of the current campus to meet the ongoing and future needs of the CRCDS mission.  The Trustees and I concluded that the campus we have called home for almost 90 years no longer meets the needs of CRCDS and cannot be suitably adapted with the school’s limited financial resources.

Once this decision was made, the Trustees and I focused on two primary objectives:  1) identify a new home for CRCDS that will allow it to focus its resources on its mission; 2) find a buyer for the campus that will continue to steward it in a way that preserves its integrity and beauty for years to come.  I am delighted to report that through a partnership with the Rochester based firm Top Capital of New York, we were able to achieve both objectives…and will be able to do this without leaving the current campus location.

Top Capital of New York has agreed to construct a new academic space for CRCDS in the southwest corner of the current campus, along Highland Avenue.  This new facility will be customized to meet the needs of 21st century theological education, while remaining consistent with the overall appearance of the campus.  The partnership will allow CRCDS to lease the new purpose-built space while providing continued access to broader resources of the current campus buildings, including large gathering spaces and the historic and beloved Samuel Colgate Memorial Chapel.  This decision moves us significantly toward one of the primary objectives of our strategic plan – to create a sustainable and vibrant future for CRCDS.  We will now be able to focus more fully on our core mission of providing transformative theological educaton, without the burden of a large, aging physical plant.

I know many of you are concerned about the future of the campus and its buildings.  I will share with you that Top Capital intends to significantly invest in restoring the campus and adapting Strong Hall into a wedding, event and conference center that includes rooms for guests.  Of all the proposals we have seen and reviewed over two decades, the Trustees and I both are confident this agreement will provide the best opportunity to preserve both the beauty and integrity of the campus, including the grounds, while also significantly benefitting the future of CRCDS.  It also will allow the public to continue to enjoy the beauty of the campus in ways never experienced.  We are truly grateful for this partnership.

We will have more details to share with you in the upcoming Annual Report.  Until that time, I ask for your prayers as we continue on this significant phase of our journey.  We thank God for each and every one of you and for the opportunity to serve and to steward this wonderful school and its mission.

Thank you, again, for your support, concern and patience as we travel through this process.  I wish you all a blessed Lenten journey as we prepare to celebrate the Easter season.

Marvin A. McMickle


Dr. Sally Dodgson (CRDS '84) passes away








Beloved CRCDS friend, supporter, historian and alumna Dr. Sally L. Dodgson (CRDS ’84) passed away peacefully on March 6, 2017 after a long illness. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Dr. Kenneth V. Dodgson (CRDS '48) and three daughters, Margaret (Kim), Kathryn and Carol, their spouses and five grandchildren. Sally served as the Director of Communications at CRDS from 1984-1996 and later held the position of Assistant to the President for Institutional Research.

Sally embodied a life of service. In 1957, Sally and Ken left the United States to live and work in Jorhat, Assam, India, where they spent the next 25 years. This experience shaped Sally’s life significantly and she and Ken would often share stories of their time there.  Upon returning to the United States, Sally enrolled at CRDS/Bexley Hall/Crozer Theological Seminary, receiving her Master of Divinity Degree in 1984. In 2005, she was awarded a Doctorate of Divinity degree from her and Ken's undergraduate alma mater, Franklin College. In 2008, together with Jean Bartlett, she was honored with the first Helen Barrett Montgomery Women of Vision award by CRCDS. Sally was honored by CRCDS in 2015 as a Distinguished Alumna.

Sally’s steadfast and active support of causes and institutions dear to her heart was exemplary. She was honored to serve as the President and as a Member of the Executive Committee of the American Baptist Churches of the Rochester Genesee Region, and was a member of the First Baptist Church’s Board of Trustees. Additionally, Sally’s outreach and social justice efforts included tutoring for Burmese refugees, working on voter registration for the Interfaith Alliance, participating in death penalty protests and assisting in building the first Habitat for Humanity home completely designed for and built by women.

All of us who knew Sally benefitted from her kindness, presence and genuine friendship.  She was a woman of great accomplishment and great humility who was deeply shaped by her Midwestern roots.  CRCDS relied heavily on Sally over the years in numerous ways, including her service as the school's unofficial historian.  Whether faced with a question about a carving in the chapel, the family members of a prior faculty member or the date the new pump house was built, Sally took each question in stride and almost always provided an immediate answer.  Sally's greatest gift to all of us in the CRCDS family was her steady, loving and cheerful presence. Over the years, she, Ken and her dear friend (and ours) Jean Bartlett, attended almost every one. No event was complete without Sally.  She will be missed dearly by us all.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at 10AM, First Baptist Church, 175 Allen's Creek Road, Rochester, NY 14618. See more at:

 Please join us in praying for Ken, his family and all those who mourn the loss of this extraordinary servant of God.




Join us! The CRCDS School for Christian Leadership offers new learning opportunites

The School for Christian Leadership at CRCDS now offers three paths for learning: in a traditional classroom setting, learning together with a cohort group, and online! Classes meet one Saturday per month, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. from September to April.

Classes are an excellent opportunity for those seeking a deeper engagement in personal spirituality and for those who have been in diaconate or lay ministry. Participants may also earn Continuing Education credits (CEU's) for completed courses. Complete all three course cycles and receive your SCL certification.

For more information on classes or the School for Christian Leadership (SCL), please contact Melissa Morral at (585) 340-9633 or email