The Rev. Gail Ricciuti, CRCDS Associate Professor of Homiletics, is featured in a new volume by the Rev. Jann Aldredge-Clanton, PhD., entitled She Lives! Sophia Wisdom Works in the World (Skylight Paths Publishing, Woodstock, VT). Published this past October, the book profiles forty religious leaders with this introduction: “Through their work, [these] theological trailblazers … reveal how expansive images of the Divine affect justice in human relationships– in gender equality, racial equality, marriage equality, economic justice, care of creation, nonviolence, interfaith collaboration and expanding spiritual experience.”
Part 4's "Wisdom's Work of Economic Justice" includes the chapter, "Rev. Dr. Gail Anderson Ricciuti: Bearing Her Life in the World," which outlines Gail’s lifelong spiritual development as a feminist pastor and professor. The chapter explores her sermon, “A Quotidian Faith: Stories Sacred, Subversive, and Small” on two of Jesus’ parables imaging God as a poor woman and a baker of bread that is not “status-quo bread” but “justice bread.”
Author Jann Aldredge-Clanton, a Baptist minister, creative liturgist, poet and hymn writer, maintains that language and social justice are intimately connected. She writes that the stories of these diverse ministers, both lay and clergy, “demonstrate that social justice changes flow from the foundational theological change of including multicultural female divine names and imagery in worship.”
Dr. McMickle recently wrote about the killing of the Canadian soldier in his Unite Rochester blog. He invites us to think about the differences between our two countries when he says, "I was in Toronto, Ontario on the day the funeral was held for the Canadian soldier who was shot and killed while on duty in front of that nation’s War Memorial. It was as if an entire nation was joined together in a combination of grief and shock. That was because homicides due to the use of guns is so rare in Canada. It is strange that our two nations can be so close in so many ways, but so far apart when it comes to tolerance of guns in the hands of civilians. Today there are more guns in the United States than there are people. It has been that way for the last fifty years, and during all of that time this country has led the entire world in homicides due to the use of guns. This is not to suggest that the rights of hunters and shooting enthusiasts should be curtailed. However, I do wonder why any civilian needs a weapon that can carry 100 rounds of ammunition before one has to reload, much less the need for bullets that can pierce the body armor warn by police officers? As I observed Canadians demonstrating how much value they placed on the loss of that one life, it quickly became apparent how little value we place on human life in this country since we continue to be known as “the murder Capitol of the world.” Perhaps we can add on to the Depression-era slogan that promised “A chicken in every pot, a car in every garage, and a gun in the hand of every citizen!”
To read this article online or to visit the Unite Rochester blog, please visit: http://blogs.democratandchronicle.com/unite/2014/10/31/can-we-learn-a-lesson-from-ottawa/
Sara Campbell and Brae Adams, Masters of Divinity students at CRCDS, were recently highlighted in the November 2014 edition of The Empty Closet, a monthly publication of the Gay Alliance. Both say they are thrilled with the opportunity to talk about the church, their mission and their goals.
Sara, who will obtain her M.Div. in May 2015, says, “We at Open Arms are trying to talk openly about these issues and how we are called to act on them. Not just LGBTQ issues but gun violence, systemic poverty, homelessness, racial issues, the school to prison pipeline, border issues . . . these are the issues the gospel wants us to talk about and create change around.”
Brae, who is on track to receive her M.Div. in May 2016, works in other types of community outreach and also has a holistic view of ministry. In addition to starting a limited food cupboard, Brae helps people access community resources such as housing.
Both students say the diversity of their skills is the best thing for making connections in the community. Brae says, "Sara does outreach to college-age through 30's people, who maybe aren't that interested in a traditional service. The service has a modern feel to it, encouraging participants to interact with the preacher, both through their smart phones and direct questions. I lead the Sunday morning service and hold the monthly Agape Potluck on Sunday evenings."
Above all, they say, Open Arms Metropolitan Community Church is completely inclusive and not just 'affirming'. Sara says, "OAMCC has gotten beyond what people think of us and is focusing on how to serve others . . . it doesn't matter what our opinions are, only that we are serving others. That's 'Radical Hospitality'. We show our hospitality to all."
To read the entire article online, click here: http://www.gayalliance.org/2011-07-26-18-20-59/ecol.html
Congratulations to Marge Nead, Director of Library Services at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School's Ambrose Swasey Library and Bookstore. Marge began working at CRCDS in October, 1989 and is celebrating her 25th year at the school.
Marge, a former book buyer for the Village Toy Shop in Fairport, says the greatest part of her job is, and always has been, the students. She says, “I knew this place was here but didn’t know much about it until I began working here. I fell in love with the people and the values it (CRCDS) stood for. I absolutely love working with the students.”
When Marge accepted a Bookstore Manager position in 1989, 200 students were enrolled. “It was really something,” she says. “Lots of life, lots of activity, lots of foot traffic. Winters were always fun. I remember students building snowmen right outside the window and sliding down Trevor Hill on cafeteria trays. It was a blast.”
The bookstore itself has undergone several key transformations. “Years ago,” Marge says, “It was a bowling alley.” To illustrate her point, she takes out a prized black and white picture of students in bobby sox and loafers, lining up on polished lanes. She shakes her head and smiles. “The bookstore was two lanes wide.”
In 2004, the bookstore moved to its current location, and in 2005, the University of Rochester Rush Rhees Library and the Ambrose Swasey Library formed a collaboration, allowing for reciprocal access of books and materials. Circulation went up 50%, as did digital access.
Although the library and bookstore get less foot traffic these days, Marge says these beautiful spaces are no less welcoming. Her door is always open to students who want to talk, and with over 30,000 titles at their disposal, many find the library to be a wonderful haven in a hectic world. The bookstore has an impressive selection of books written by faculty, required textbooks and CRCDS-themed apparel.
If you have any questions about the library or bookstore, or would simply like to congratulate Marge, she can be reached at (585) 340-9602.
Don't miss these upcoming events!
Dr. Barbara Moore, RSM will sign her new book, "Preaching the Advent Season . . . a journey through the Scripture texts" following services at St. Catherine's Church, November 15-16, 2014. She will also be preaching during the Advent season for three evenings at the church which is located in Mendon, New York.
Rev. Gail A. Ricciuti will preach at Rochester Mennonite Fellowship Sunday, Nov. 30th.
For more information on preaching events or opportunities, please contact Charlyn Elliott, Assistant to the Dean for Academic Life at (585) 340-5888.