CRCDS Spring Convocation: "Ministry in the Midst of Mourning"

President Marvin A. McMickle and CRCDS Board of Trustees Chair Rt. Rev. Jack M. McKelvey joined the CRCDS community in welcoming new students during Spring 2016 Convocation in the Samuel Colgate Memorial Chapel.

President McMickle preached an eloquent and moving sermon entitled, “Ministry in the Midst of Mourning,” addressing the sudden, tragic passing of CRCDS M.Div. student Jamal Young this past January.

To view Dr. McMickle's sermon, please see:

Following the service, staff, faculty, trustees, students and friends enjoyed a community meal in the CRCDS refectory.

CRCDS Distinguished Alumnus and Trustee Rev. Dr. Anthony L. Trufant (CRDS '87) guest speaker Black History Month Series on February 3rd

55x85_postcardThe Black Student Caucus of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School presented the first of four sermons and discussions on Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

CRCDS Distinguished Alumnus and current Trustee Rev. Dr. Anthony L. Trufant (CRDS '87) discussed the transformative ways in which faith assists black people in striving for achievement.

To view the video of Dr. Trufant's sermon please see:

"Blackness Restored" is a Black History Month series held each Wednesday at CRCDS during the month of February.

The next speaker in the series is Rev. Dr. Christopher House, who will address the disproportionate physical and mental health risks for black people on Wednesday, February 10, 2016.

Please join us for services beginning at 4:15 p.m. in the Samuel Colgate Memorial Chapel each Wednesday in February. Soup, cider and conversation will follow at 5:30 p.m.

For more information about these events, please contact GPDickerson-Hanks at (585) 340-9651 or email GP


Dr. Marvin A. McMickle: Diversity Should Include the Faces on Rochester, NY TV News

The Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle published CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle's latest Unite Rochester blog on January 23, 2016.

Dr. McMickle expressed frustration over the lack of diversity in Rochester television news anchors.

To read the article in full, and/or to comment on the piece, please click here:

What is an Evangelical Christian?

News media and political pundits have been speculating for months about the potential effect that "evangelical Christians" will have on the upcoming 2016 Presidential election.

In a recent Unite Rochester blog post, Dr. McMickle says, "I am writing to clarify the way in which the word evangelical is being misused and distorted in this and so many other election seasons . . . the word evangelical carries absolutely no political connotation whatsoever."

Dr. McMickle's blog post was published online in the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle on January 13, 2016. To read it, click here:

Valentine's Day Blessing of Relationships: Friday, February 12, 2016

2016 Valentines BlessingPlease join us for a special Blessing of Relationships in honor of Valentine's Day on Friday, February 12, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the Samuel Colgate Memorial Chapel at CRCDS. This event, in its fifth year, is quickly becoming a Valentine's Day weekend tradition for couples in the Rochester area.

Rev. Lynette Sparks (CRCDS '09), Associate Pastor of Third Presbyterian Church in Rochester, NY will give the blessing.

To register for this free event, please call (585) 340-9643 or email


Following are some photos from the 2015 Blessing of Relationships: