Retired Bishop Rt. Rev. Jack M. McKelvey named Chairperson of CRCDS Board of Trustees

mckelveyColgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School is pleased to announce the appointment of Rt. Rev. Jack M. McKelvey as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees. McKelvey follows Rev. Stuart A. Mitchell III, who served in that role for three years.

Rev. McKelvey has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 1999 and served as interim President of the school for 18 months following the retirement of Dr. Eugene C. Bay, until the appointment of Dr. Marvin A. McMickle as President in October, 2012.

Rev. McKelvey, a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Rochester, NY was the 7th Bishop of the Diocese of Rochester serving from 2000 until he retired in 2008. A former Episcopal priest in Delaware and New Jersey, he received a Master's of Divinity and honorary doctorate degree from Virginia Theological Seminary.

The Board's new Chairperson is active in the community and volunteers his time and talents to many diverse causes. He has served on the Boards of Episcopal Senior Life Communities, Rochester Red Wings, Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Water for South Sudan.

The Episcopal Diocese recently interviewed Bishop McKelvey and recorded his thoughts about the CRCDS' past, it's future, and his new leadership role. The podcast of that interview can be viewed here:




Dr. Melanie Duguid-May elected to membership in the American Theological Society

Dr. Melanie Duguid-May, John Price Crozer Professor of Theology at CRCDS, has been named as a member of the American Theological Society.

Founded in 1912, the Society's membership is based on a candidate's esteemed record of contributions to the field of theological inquiry. Election to the Society is considered a high honor.

Congratulations, Professor Duguid-May!

Condolences on the passing of Jean Halbrooks

It is with great sadness we share with you that Jean Tackett Halbrooks, wife of former Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School President G. Thomas Halbrooks, passed away on April 16, 2014 after an extended illness. Dr. Halbrooks served as President of CRCDS from 2000-2006 during a particularly challenging time of growth and transition for the school.


In a message to the community, Dr. McMickle said, "Peggy and I send our deepest condolences to the Halbrooks family. The wife of the president of CRCDS plays a central role in the life of the institution, and Jean Halbrooks certainly fulfilled that role."


Mrs. Halbrooks, liked and admired for her commitment to education and outreach, was known for staunchly supporting her husband’s vision of CRCDS becoming “a congregationally-focused theological institution . . . that graduates leaders with a spiritual dimension that combines piety and social justice.”


Dr. and Mrs. Halbrooks relocated out of the Rochester area after his six-year term, eventually settling in Daphne, AL.


Please join us in offering prayers for Dr. Halbrooks and his family during this difficult time.

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We want to engage you, our community, in active, relevant, and ongoing conversations. We want to hear your thoughts, answer your questions,support you in times of transition and celebrate your successes.

While connecting with CRCDS through social media can be a way to keep in contact, it also allows us to ensure that we cast a wider net in the community, online and in the world. In this way, CRCDS is able to ensure that our voices are heard, our vision is supported, and that those who believe in social justice and transformation are able to advance that mission.

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Thank you!



Stanley I. Stuber Lecture Important News

Ms. Jean Zaru

Ms. Jean Zaru

It is with great regret that CRCDS has learned that Jean Zaru, guest speaker for the Stanley I. Stuber lectures on Thursday, April 24, 2014 and Friday, April 25, 2014, will not be able to attend due to medical issues.

Ms. Zaru, Presiding Clerk of the Friends Meetinghouse in Ramallah, Palestine, had planned to deliver her lecture "Confronting Structures of Domination, Truth and Peacemaking in the Palestinian Experience" on Thursday and Friday. However, health issues prevent her from traveling internationally.  Melanie Duguid-May, John Price Crozer Professor of Theology, a personal friend of Ms. Zaru's for thirty years, a visitor to that country and an expert in Palestinian affairs, has kindly agreed to step in for Ms. Zaru and deliver her prepared speech.

It is significantly worth noting that Ms. Zaru's health crisis is further complicated by the pervasive and disruptive Middle East conflicts, as she is unable to travel to nearby Jerusalem where she could readily obtain treatment for her condition.  Instead, she will be forced to make a fourteen hour-long journey to neighboring Jordan to receive medical care.

We sincerely wish Ms. Zaru a return to good health and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused those who registered for these events. However, we can assure participants that the lectures and panel discussion will undoubtedly be lively, engaging, and thought-provoking. 

We warmly welcome you to Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School this week and we look forward to hearing your thoughts, questions and perspectives during this wonderful Spring Lecture Series.

Many thanks for your support and understanding.