Judge Patricia D. Marks shares experiences at Thriving in Ministry Roundtable

patricia-marksThe Women and Gender Studies Program of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School held its first "Thriving in Ministry" round table discussion of the semester on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.

Judge Patricia D. Marks, Retired Supervising Judge for Criminal Court, Seventh Judicial District, Chief Administrator and Founder of the Rochester Veteran's Court, led a lively and interesting discussion encompassing her many roles as judge, wife, mother and mentor.

Dr. Barbara A. Moore, Director of the Women and Gender Studies Program, leads this popular event, now in its tenth year. Community servants, pastors and professional leaders share with CRCDS students the things that help them to grow, survive and thrive in the ministries to which they have been called.

Past honored Thriving in Ministry guests included the first woman appointed a federal judge in the Western District of NYS., Hon. Elizabeth Wolford, President of an all-girls private Catholic school, Suzanne Johnston, and bank president Kathleen Whelehan, MBA. a bank president. These women, along with the Honorable Carla Palumbo, JD., a member of Rochester’s City Council, inspired and engaged students.

Upcoming Thriving in Ministry roundtable leaders include:

OCTOBER 20, 2015
Jennifer Young
• General Manager of Pioneer Millworks
• Reclaimed and Sustainable Wood Products
NOVEMBER 17, 2015
Lorraine Ndusha, NP
• Staff, Strong Ties
• Mental Health Care Provider
•Current student, CRCDS

You are invited to worship with us!

Did you know that CRCDS offers regular worship services each semester? Services reflect a variety of faith traditions and are held in the Samuel Colgate Memorial Chapel on Mondays and Wednesdays at 4:15 pm and on Tuesdays at 11:20 am.

Students take time out of their busy schedules to plan, attend and promote these services to encourage, uplift and support our community.

Please come and join us as we worship together in the beauty of the Samuel Colgate Chapel.

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CRCDS Welcomes New Students

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School is proud to welcome an enthusiastic, gifted and diverse group of new and returning students to our one hundred and ninety ninth academic year at opening Convocation.

In thought-provoking remarks, CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle reminded students, faculty and friends the importance of starting out a new academic year with a renewed focus on the precise mission of CRCDS. He said, "We are a school whose primary focus is training and equipping men and women for ministries of various types in the life of the church and the broader society. We are primarily in the business of empowering people to provide leadership to the church, the community and the global village. We do that with the expectation that such leadership will be informed and influenced by what students learn here."

A picnic on Strong Hall terrace was held immediately following Convocation. We hope you enjoy these pictures from the celebration and keep our newest students in your prayers.

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Rev. Gail Ricciuti's Letter to the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle

In the aftermath of a drive-by shooting in the city of Rochester, NY that killed three and wounded four on August 20, 2015, CRCDS Associate Professor of Homiletics Rev. Gail Ricciutti composed a Letter to the Editor promoting support for elected officials who advocate for gun control. Her letter (excerpted for length by the newspaper) is included here:

In the wake of yet more gun violence in Rochester – young, gifted lives snuffed out, torn from their families and our common future – outrage and heartbreak extend far beyond a few neighborhoods to thousands of us across the city.

To those who ask, "What can we do?" I’d suggest, for a start, informed exercise of your vote. We must elect (and maintain) political leaders with the moral courage to stand against the powerful gun lobbies in restricting access to firearms. It is admittedly debated that the Second Amendment was crafted not to guarantee a personal right of every modern individual to bear arms, but, given its 18th-century context, to insure," A well-regulated Militia . . . "

The role of firearms in the colonization of America and the "right" to have as many guns as one wants are unrelated issues in the 21st century!


Watch Dr. Barbara Moore's "Lectionary for Life" series online

A new season is here and with it comes a new series of lectionaries and sermons given by Dr.  Barbara A. Moore, Dean of the Program for the Study of Women and Gender in Church and Society and Professor of Preaching and Practical Theology.

To view Dr. Moore's Lectionary for September 2015, click here:

Click here to view Dr. Moore's September 2015 sermon: