"What Does it Mean to Make America Great Again?" by Dr. Marvin A. McMickle

In a Unite Rochester blog post published in the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle on March 1, 2016, CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle asks, "Over and over again in the last few months, groups of Americans have been energized by the phrase 'Make America Great Again.' This term begs the question of when in its past America had been great, what happened to cause America to lose that greatness it had at that time, and what America will look like when it becomes great again?"

Read and comment on Dr. McMickle's full post here: http://blogs.democratandchronicle.com/unite/2016/03/01/what-does-it-mean-to-make-america-great-again/

Ministry website "Church Central" recommends "Caring Pastors, Caring People: Equipping your Church for Pastoral Care"

Margaret Mancuson, a minister and contributor to the online ministry forum Church Central, recently reviewed CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle's book,Caring Pastors, Caring People: Equipping your Church for Pastoral Care (2011, Judson).

Ms. Mancuson says, "Grounded in Scripture and in decades of ministry experience, this is a book worth reading by every pastor."

Read her review here: http://www.churchcentral.com/blogs/the-secret-of-pastoral-care-its-not-just-for-the-pastor-book-review/

Dr. McMickle's books are available for purchase at the CRCDS bookstore. For more information, call Marge Nead at (585)340-9601.






2016 Valentine's Blessing of Relationships at CRCDS a Sweet Success

The Samuel Colgate Memorial Chapel was the setting for the Valentine's Day Blessing of Relationships on Friday, February 12, 2016.

Rev. Lynette Sparks (CRCDS '09), Associate Pastor for the Third Presbyterian Church, Rochester, NY delivered a poignant message about love and commitment to about fifty attendees. Following the blessing, guests enjoyed champagne, sparkling grape juice and chocolate covered strawberries while mingling with old and new friends in Kraushaar Commons.

Click here to view images from this blessed event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KB9yMgwmSNE


Preaching Conference at CRCDS May 19, 2016

The Rochester Consortium of Theological Schools will present its third annual preaching conference on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.

Dr. Stephen V. DeLeers, Oral Communication educator at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI will present, "Communication Choices that Preachers Face" and "Communication Skills for 21st-Century Preachers."

Cost for the conference is $60 which includes breakfast and lunch.

The conference, sponsored by  St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry, Northeastern Seminary and CRCDS, begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m.

To register, see http://www.crcds.edu/2016-preaching-conference/

For more information, contact Susan Braun at: sbraun@crcds.edu or call (585) 340-9588.

Registration deadline is Thursday, May 12, 2016.

2016 Rochester Consortium of Theological Schools Preaching Conference



Melanie Deguid-May to teach "Politics and Religion in the Israel/Palestine Crisis" at First Unitarian Church







Melanie Duguid-May, John Price Crozer Professor of Theology at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School will lead this four part course Tuesdays, starting March 1, 7:00-9:00pm.

The course looks at the religious aspirations and beliefs, together with political strategies and tactics that have shaped the contemporary situation in the land called holy. The course covers events beginning in the 1880's and looks at Jewish and Christian and Muslim perspectives and practices, and considers both the realities in the Holy land today and how these realities are becoming global in range.

March 1: The emergence of Zionism, context and content.

March 8: 1948, Catastrophe & Creation.

March 15: 1967, Catastrophe Continua.

March 22: 1993-Present, "A Matrix of Control.”

Tuition is $30, cash or check to First Unitarian. Class size is limited to 20 persons, with 10 seats reserved for First Unitarian members.

To register, contact Ron Johnson, 585-967-4946 or johnsonron888@gmail.com.