Rev. Dr. Britt A. Starghill (CRCDS '09) passes away at age 46

The CRCDS community is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of beloved pastor and CRCDS alumnus, Rev. Dr. Britt A. Starghill. Dr. Starghill was a man of great energy, intellect and integrity. His exemplary ministry, particularly his advocacy work on behalf of those African American males suffering from depression, sought to support the dignity of each person, teaching them to recognize how God was active in their lives.

Dr. Starghill's family will celebrate his life and ministry on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at the Kaighn Avenue Baptist Church in Camden, New Jersey, where he was Senior Pastor. The family asks that donations be made to the Rev. Dr. Britt A. Starghill Memorial Scholarship Fund at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.  To make a gift, please click here: https://www.crcds.edu/give-to-crcds/make-a-gift/

http://kaighnavenuebaptistchurch.net/reverend-dr-britt-a-starghill/

"Something to Remember on Memorial Day" by Dr. Marvin A. McMickle

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This coming weekend, Americans will celebrate Memorial Day. For many, this holiday signals the beginning of summer and will include family cook-outs, get-togethers with friends, shopping and fun. For too many others, it is a somber reminder of treasured lives lost in war.

Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, in his newest Democrat and Chronicle Unite Rochester blog post, urges us to remember those African Americans who were often denied freedoms but made sacrifices, including their lives, so that we could remain free.

Read, share, and comment on Dr. McMickle's post here:

http://blogs.democratandchronicle.com/unite/2015/05/19/something-to-remember-on-memorial-day/

Families, friends delight in CRCDS 2015 Commencement Exercises

Hundreds of family, friends and esteemed guests filled the Third Presbyterian Church in Rochester, NY on Saturday, May 16, 2015 to celebrate Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School's graduates and to hear Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush's commencement address, "Even Greater Things Than These." Rev. Raushenbush is the Executive Religion Editor of the Huffington Post and host of the weekly podcast "All Together." He is the great-grandson of "Father of the Social Gospel" Walter Rauschenbusch and the great-grandson of Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis.

Twenty-two students received degrees and certificates. Two received the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), sixteen received the Master of Divinity (M.Div.), two received the Master of Arts (M.A.), one received a graduate certificate and one received a certificate from the School of Christian Leadership. Jacquelyn Ross Brown was awarded the Gene and Jean Bartlett Preaching Prize, Andrew Van Buren was the recipient of the Theodore Louis Trost Memorial Prize, and Sebrone Johnson received the Winthrop Hudson Scholar Award.

Rev. Raushenbush published an excerpt from his Commencement address on Huffington Post's website entitled "It's a Great Day to be Graduating from a Mainline, Progressive, Christian, Divinity School" in which he says, "I see what Christians from around the world are doing and actually feel that this is the most exciting time for progressive faith that I can remember in my lifetime." Raushenbush urged all in attendance "Let's all find ways to build up this great institution, invite students to apply who you think will thrive here, find donors who value the kind of values that you have learned here, let's make sure that CRCDS does even greater things in the future."

You may read Rev. Raushenbush's Huffington Post online article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-raushenbush/divinity-school-commencement-address_b_7302582.html?1431963759

To read the complete text of Rev. Raushenbush's commencement address, please see:
2015 Commencement Address

Pastor William Ellis (CRCDS '14) passes away

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The CRCDS community is greatly saddened to learn of the sudden death of beloved alumnus William Ellis (CRCDS '14) on May 8, 2015 in Cohocton, NY.

Pastor Ellis was an exemplary human being and was dedicated to his church, his family and those to whom he ministered. In 2012, he started the New Day Ministry Church in Elmira, NY, mentoring hundreds of poor, discouraged and marginalized persons who were welcome “regardless of spiritual, emotional or physical condition.” Pastor Ellis was especially proud of the church's “People’s Passion” soup kitchen which feeds up to 100 people weekly, and the “Men in the Lives of Kids (M.I.L.K.) program, that allows incarcerated fathers to re-engage with their children.

Pastor Ellis will be remembered for his smile, his infectious laugh, his genuine love of God and his open and accepting heart.

The service for Pastor Ellis was held at New Day Ministry Church, 900 W. Water St., Elmira, NY 14905 on Friday, May 15, 2015. To view his obituary, please click here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/star-gazette/obituary.aspx?pid=174845023