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.”