Easter Sunrise Service at CRCDS: April 16, 2017

Please join us on the South Terrace at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School on Easter Sunday morning, April 16, 2017, as we celebrate the joy of the risen Christ. The service begins at 6:30 am and lasts about 30 minutes. This event is presented in conjunction with Asbury First United Methodist Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church & Third Presbyterian Church.

Please join us afterward for a cup of coffee, donuts and fellowship. The service will be held rain or shine . . .

For questions, please call (585) 340-9643 or email ddiederich@crcds.edu.









CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle's Letter to the Editor: "Invest in Children Earlier"

In a recent Letter to the Editor to the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle, CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle pointed out that 90% of a child's brain development occurs before the child is five years old. Why is it, he asked, that 90% of the money spent on social and educational programs for children begin when they are older than five?

Read the full text of Dr. McMickle's letter here:


CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle: "Cal Thomas missed the point entirely"

In a recent Letter to the Editor (Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle), CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle wrote:

"Cal Thomas missed the point entirely when it comes to the Johnson Amendment and Donald Trump's boast about having it repealed. The main focus of the 1954 Johnson Amendment to the IRS code was to prevent religious leaders from endorsing political candidates from their pulpits. It does no in any way prohibit religious leaders from commenting on political issues in general. The tax exempt status of a religious group would not be endangered if the leader of that group spoke openly about the Affordable Care Act, the Iran nuclear treaty, or the current immigration ban issued by Trump and halted by the courts. If, however, a pastor, rabbi, imam, or priest were to openly endorse any political candidate then seeking office at any level of government that would be a violation of the Johnson Amendment, and that group's tax exempt status would be at risk. I was the leader of a local religious community for 34 years, and I regularly commented on political issues. Some in the congregation may not have agreed with me, but I was never at odds with the Johnson Amendment or the IRS codes. This information is not hard to find. Perhaps Cal Thomas should do some basic research before he starts offering the wrong interpretation on a current event."



CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle: "The Real Issue is Voter Suppression"

CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle addressed Donald Trump's claim of voter fraud in the November, 2016 Presidential election in a recent "Unite Rochester" blog.  "The real issue," says Dr. McMickle, "is voter suppression."

Read Dr. McMickle's post here:


CRCDS alumnus Rev. Rodney E. Williams (CRCDS '12) elected to lead Kansas City branch of NAACP

Rev. Rodney E. Williams (CRCDS '12), has been elected as president of the Kansas City branch of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Rev. Williams, a member of the NAACP since he was eight years old, is a longtime civil rights activist and the pastor of Swope Parkway United Christian Church in Kansas City, Missouri. Rev. Williams previously served as vice president of the local branch of the NAACP, which hosted the 2010 national convention featuring Michelle Obama as a keynote speaker. Organized in 1913, the Kansas City chapter has the largest membership in the surrounding10-state area, including Missouri.

Rev. Williams lives in Kansas City, MO with his wife Lorianne and their three children, Danielle, Rodney and Courtney.