Watch video of Unite Rochester's "Responding to Racial Tensions" forum here

The Unite Rochester Community Response Panel, which includes CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, held a public forum on Monday, July 25, 2016 to examine how the Rochester community is responding to racial tensions. The forum, moderated by Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle Senior Engagement Editor Julie Philipp, was held at the School of the Arts Auditorium, 45 Prince St., Rochester, NY, 14607. This event was recorded and can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFbpe-cOD7Y

Other members of the Unite Rochester Community Response Panel who spoke at the forum included Michael Ciminelli, Rochester City Police Chief, Sherry Walker-Cowart, Civilian Review Board/Center for Dispute Settlement President & CEO, Karen Magnuson, Democrat & Chronicle Executive Editor/VP of News, Cynthia Herriott Sullivan, Unite Rochester Justice Committee/Seamless Communications Group COO,and David Sanchez, M.K. Gandhi Institute Youth Program Organizer. Individual Response Panel members included Jerome Jackson, Rochester Institute of Technology Director of Social Media & Crowdfunding and Jean Carroll, YWCA of  Greater Rochester CEO.

A Unite Rochester Follow-Up to the Forum will be held on Tuesday, August 9 from 8:00- 9:30 a.m. in the First Amendment Room at the Democrat & Chronicle, 245 E. Main St., Rochester, NY. to discuss what was learned during the forum and how to leverage that learning to further strengthen the Greater Rochester community.

 

 

Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes Jr. (CRDS '75) speaks at Interfaith Service at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA.

bio_forbesRev. Dr. James A. Forbes Jr. (CRDS '75), Senior Minister Emeritus of the Riverside  Church in New York City, led an interfaith service recently at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA. The gathering, titled "In Pursuit of Love and Kindness," was held to counteract what Forbes says are "problems of bigotry, climate change, greed and the 'demonic matter' of xenophobia."

Click here to view Rev. Forbes' remarks: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/lauretta-brown/pastor-xenophobia-demonic-matter

Rev. Forbes, the first African-American to serve as Senior Minister of the 2,500-member multicultural congregation at Riverside, is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches and the Original United Holy Church of America.

Dr. David Kim Assists in Planning International Conference Honoring the Centenary of Rev. Walter Rauschenbusch

KIM-PHOTO2Dr. David Yoon-Jung Kim, Arthur J. Gosnell Associate Professor of Christian Social Ethics at CRCDS, has been selected to participate on the planning committee for an international conference recognizing the centenary of Walter Rauschenbusch's death.

"The Legacy of Walter Rauschenbusch” will take place April 9-11, 2018, at Mercer University in Atlanta, GA. Rev. Rauschenbusch, a Baptist pastor and Christian theologian, graduated from Rochester Theolgical Seminary (now CRCDS) in 1886 and is commonly known as "The Father of the Social Gospel."

Conference partners include Mercer University’s Center for Theology and Public Life and McAfee School of Theology, Acadia Centre for Baptist and Anabaptist Studies (ACBAS) and the American Baptist Historical Society (ABHS).

Dr. William H. Brackney, a former Associate Professor in Church History at Colgate Rochester Divinity School and the Millard R. Cherry Distinguished Professor of Christian Theology and Ethics at Acadia Divinity College in Nova Scotia, visited CRCDS in June to conduct research related to the conference.

 

 

CRCDS M.Div. student Chuck Stewart ordained at St. James' Church in Syracuse, NY

CRCDS student Chuck Stewart was ordained to the deaconate at St. James' Church in Syracuse, New York on June 25, 2016. An Assistant Chaplain at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, Stewart leads youth groups at St. James and is currently participating in missionary work in El Salvador.

Chuck's CRCDS friends, faculty and fellow students attended the ordination. He expects to graduate with a Master of Divinity degree in May, 2017.

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Register Now! 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.

                                             Schedule

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 rmcguire@crcds.edu.