Responding to Hate with Love, Responding to Violence by Making Peace: A Clergy-Led Community Conversation on Tuesday, July 19th

CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle will join a clergy-led, interfaith conversation at Temple B'rith Kodesh on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 on the topic of responding to violence by making peace. The event is free and open to the public. People of all faiths are encouraged to attend.

Peter Stein, Senior Rabbi at Temple B'rith Kodesh, located at 2131 Elmwood Ave. in Brighton, NY, organized the event to bring together community and clergy in an effort to respond in a positive way to the spate of violence occurring in our country and around the world.

Rev. George Heyman, president of St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, current CRCDS Trustee Bishop Prince Singh of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, and former CRCDS Trustee the Rev. John Wilkinson of Third Presbyterian Church are also scheduled to participate.

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Beginning in September 2016 "All in a System: The Power of Congregation, Family and Community"

lynnJoin clergy, lay-leaders, community organizers and counselors for a unique, interactive and hands-on learning experience this fall at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.

The Rev. Dr. Lynn Acquafondata will teach the theory of family, congregational and community systems, while providing tools for managing conflict and anxiety.

Designed for working professionals, “All in a System” will take place in three half-day on-site classes and three online classes. The course begins September 6, 2016 and continues through November 13, 2016.


Online session: Complete on your own between September 6 and 12
Meet on Campus: 2-5 p.m. Sunday, September 18 at CRCDS
Online session: Complete on your own between October 4 and 11
Meet on Campus: 2-5 p.m. Sunday, October 23 at CRCDS
Online session: Complete on your own between November 1 and 7
Meet on Campus: 2-5 p.m. Sunday, November 13 at CRCDS

Please register online at this link.

Click the Systems Course Flyer to view the course schedule.

For more information, please contact Rachel McGuire, Director of Learning Communities and Online Programs at (585) 340-9596 or email







There's Only One Way Out of the "Worst of Times" by CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle

CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle shared his thoughts about the recent tragic events in Dallas, TX (and elsewhere in the nation) in a guest column, published in the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle on July 9, 2016.  Read the full text here:

Thank You for your participation in the 2015-16 Fund for CRCDS

Our Sincere gratitude to all the CRCDS alumni/ae, friends and partner churches who participated in the 2015-16 Fund for CRCDS.  Thanks to their generosity,  CRCDS is able to provide the essential resources our students need as they prepare for lives dedicated to serving others.

CRCDS graduates truly make a difference in the world and your support makes their education possible.  On behalf of all our students, faculty, staff and Trustees, thank you for supporting the work and mission of CRCDS.  We thank God for each and every one of you!

CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle's Unite Rochester blog post: More guns will not alleviate gun violence

The Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle printed Dr. Marvin A. McMickle's "Unite Rochester" blog post on Sunday, June 27, 2016 which was entitled, "Guns! Guns! Guns!"

Dr. McMickle shared a frightening story about his father being threatened with gun violence, and strongly asserts that arming more citizens with firearms will only exacerbate the problem.

Read the blog post  here: