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




CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle: "Making Rochester White Again in Pittsford and Brighton"

CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle addressed the distribution of racist literature in two affluent Rochester, NY suburbs in his most recent Democrat and Chronicle Unite Rochester blog post. Read the post here:

"It has been two weeks since a group of white supremacists began passing out leaflets in the middle of the night in Pittsford and then in Brighton announcing their desire to make Rochester great again. When you go to their web site you find out how they plan to make their wish come true; they will make Rochester great again by making Rochester white again. There can be little doubt that this group is a local expression of the sentiments unleashed in the broader American society by Donald Trump’s announced intention to Make America Great Again. I will leave until another time the absolutely unfocused nature of what Trump means by make America great again. The assumption is that the greatness he has in mind resides somewhere in a past where women and minorities had not yet achieved the opportunities they now enjoy.. It is amazing how some people’s glorious past was somebody else’s terrible memory of oppression, exploitation, and suffering. I don’t want to make America great again as much as I hope to see America finally become the land of equal opportunity that has been its promise since its founding in 1776. Meanwhile, here in Rochester I am intrigued by the fact that the leaflets about making Rochester white again are being passed out in two predominantly white suburban communities. One would think that if there was some concern about making Rochester white again that those leaflets would be passed out somewhere in Rochester where most of the African Americans reside. Of course, that is the problem isn’t it? If those midnight messengers came into Rochester they might actually run into some Acrican Americans who might take great offense at the message on those leaflets. To the credit of the people of Pittsford and Brighton, they have expressed outrage over someone targeting their communities for this kind of message. I wonder why those who advocate this idea of making Rochester white again are only willing to spread their message in the middle of the night when there is less chance of them being identified? That was the practice of such hate groups as the KKK who did most of their hate-mongering in the dead of night. It is probably because, like most bigots, their ignorance is exceeded only by their cowardice. My address is 1100 S. Goodman Street in Rochester. Let’s see if the people behind these leaflets has the nerve to come to Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School at any time of day with their message of hate and intolerance. I will let the whole community know about it if they do."

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Missed the CRCDS Fall Lectures? Lectures now available online!

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School's 2016 Fall Lectures, "Praise, Protest and Policy–Religion and Politics" ran from October 3 through October 6 and were a tremendous success.  Alumni/ae, students and friends enjoyed an outstanding week of lectures by Sister Simone Campbell, New York State Assemblymember Harry Bronson and CRCDS President Marvin A. McMickle.

The Fall 2016 Lectures may be viewed on the CRCDS YouTube channel. Click here to watch:



Kitty Van Bortel and Deborah Hughes receive the CRCDS "Women of Vision" Award

Kitty Van Bortel, President of Van Bortel Auto Group and Deborah Hughes (CRCDS '87), Executive Director of the National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House, received the Helen Barrett Montgomery Women of Vision Award at CRCDS on October 6, 2016. This award, given to women in leadership who embrace and promote the empowerment of other women, was presented during a luncheon as part of the school's Fall Lectures.

Kitty, a well-recognized role model for businesswomen in the greater Rochester area and throughout the nation, was selected as TIME Dealer of the Year in 2016. Committed to giving back to the community, The Van Bortel dealerships sponsor Camp Good Days and Special Times, the Susan B. Anthony Museum and House, Rochester Women's Foundation, the local chapter of the National Liver Foundation, AIDS of Rochester, Quad A for Kids, American Heart Association, Pluta Cancer Center, local Rotary and Kiwanis clubs, Pet Pride of New York, and Mercy Flight. A board member of the Susan B. Anthony Museum and House, Kitty has worked closely with Deborah in their shared passion to empower and inspire women.

Deborah leads the effort of the National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House to interpret the legacy of the great reformer to inspire and challenge individuals to make a positive difference in their lives and communities. She works to preserve and share the National Historic Landmark that was Susan B. Anthony's home and headquarters. As such, she oversees programs to collect and exhibit artifacts related to Susan B. Anthony's life and work, offers tours and develops interpretive programs for individuals and groups.

An ordained minister, Deborah has provided leadership for hurricane relief teams in New Orleans, flood relief in Iowa, and participated in peacemaking trips to El Salvador and the Middle East. She is a strong advocate for human rights and equal opportunities for all, especially those who suffer discrimination based on gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or economic circumstances.

Dr. Barbara A. Moore, Director of the Program for the Study of Women and Gender in Church and Society and Professor of Preaching and Practical Theology at CRCDS presented the awards.