CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle on WXXI's "Connections" 12.14.16

CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle appeared on (Rochester, NY) WXXI "Connections" live radio show on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 to discuss "America during the Trump Administration." The animated, one-hour long broadcast covered many issues, including taking advantage of the right to vote, and how to make one's voice heard in a disparate but democratic society.

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7th Annual "Bells on the Hill" a spirited success

CRCDS hosted its 7th annual "Bells on the Hill" event on Sunday, December 11, 2016. More than a hundred people visited the Samuel Colgate Memorial Chapel to sing holiday carols, share refreshments and hear the playing of the Andrews-Hale chimes.

Thank you to everyone who came out on a chilly, but beautiful winter evening to share in fellowship and song. A special thanks to Wegmans and to Mrs. Libby Clay for providing holiday treats.

A highlight of the event was children participating in the singing of the carols. Many remarked they were one of the best parts of the event. Click here to see an enthusiastic group of children singing "Jingle Bells":


A "Unite Rochester" blog by CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle: "Two Steps Forward, One Step Back"

CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle reflects on the current challenges of our nation, offering words of hope in his latest "Unite Rochester" blog, recently published online:

"There is little doubt that for most African Americans, and for most persons committed to a progressive agenda for American society that the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States is proving to be a major step backward.

It is hard enough to accept the fact that the successor to our nation's first African American president was the one person who went out of his way to question the legitimacy of Obama's election, his American citizenship, and even his intelligence. However, the election of Donald Trump is bringing with it the appointment of Jeff Sessions of Alabama as the Attorney General of the United States. Sessions' opposition to expanded voting rights makes it unlikely that any attempt to end voter suppression practices across the country beginning in Alabama will be ignored or rejected.

Given the likelihood that the next four years may see two or three vacancies on the U.S. Supreme Court means that policies ranging from reproductive choice, to gun control, voting rights, affirmative action, worker's rights, and immigration policy could be established that will remain in effect decades after Trump has left office. I would never have imagined that eight years after enough white Americans cast their votes to elect Barack Obama that a rally could be held in Washington, DC, a few blocks from the White House where an Alt Right group would be celebrating the election of Donald Trump with talk of white nationalism and displays of the Nazi salute. We have gone from two steps forward to at least one step back so far as this being a country that has embraced racial and religious diversity is concerned.

I have seen these shifts in progress and suppression before. In 1967 there was elation that came with the confirmation of Thurgood Marshall as the first black Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. That appointment came after a long career as the nation's leading civil rights attorney responsible for the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision that ended segregation in public schools. That was two giant steps forward. Upon his retirement Marshall was replaced by Clarence Thomas who first benefited greatly from affirmative action and then spent the next twenty years doing everything in his power to repeal the very policies that positioned him for his appointment. That was an enormous step backward.

Despite these backward steps, I remain convinced that the words so often quoted by Martin Luther King, Jr. remain true today: "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward Justice." Despite the election of Donald Trump and all the disappointment that has come with it for more than half of the U.S. population who did not vote for him, social progress will continue in this country. In fact, after four years of a Trump administration, people may realize that our society did take a step back in more areas than they could ever have imagined. There will be two steps forward once again in the United States of America, and the journey toward a more perfect union will be resumed!"

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CRCDS M.Div. student Michael Laver and CRCDS President Emeritus Dr. James Evans participate in community forum

CRCDS Master of Divinity student Michael Laver and CRCDS President Emeritus Dr. James H. Evans participated in a panel focusing on key social issues in Rochester, NY on November 6, 2016.  "From Nightmare to Dream: Overcoming the Unholy Trinity of Poverty, Racism & Violence", moderated by WXXI's Helene Biandudi Hofer, drew a crowd of over 200 people. Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Michael Curry, was the keynote speaker. Panelists included Rochester City Mayor Lovely Warren, YWCA President and CEO Jean Carroll and Nazareth College Hickey Center Director Dr. Muhammad Shafiq.

A strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, Michael Laver, who is currently Associate Professor of History at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), will graduate from CRCDS in May, 2017. He, his wife and two boys live in downtown Rochester, are active in social justice issues and attend the diverse and welcoming Church of St. Luke & St. Cyrene. Following graduation, Michael plans on exploring chaplaincy opportunities at RIT, where he is on the college's Accreditation and Steering Committee.

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CRCDS President in the Public Sphere

CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle believes strongly in the public role of theological leaders. One look at his calendar reveals a leader who clearly “practices what he preaches.”  Within the past few weeks, Dr. McMickle appeared at the "Birth of a Nation" screening and panel discussion at the Little Theater in Rochester, NY was the keynote speaker at the international Lester Randall Preaching Fellowship in Toronto, Canada and appeared on WXXI's "Connections" with host Evan Dawson, weighing in on the African American vote in the 2016 election.  Dr. McMickle has also been visible in online and print media providing perspectives on race through his regular contributions to the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle's Unite Rochester blog and recently as a signatory to a published religious pluralism agreement as well as a guest essayist on the current election for the United States Presidency.

Dr. McMickle encourages all of us to be involved in and to offer our voices to conversations in the public sphere.

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Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, Keynote Speaker at Lester Randall Preaching Fellowship, Toronto


Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, Keynote Speaker at Lester Randall Preaching Fellowship, Toronto