School of Christian Leadership and the Thurman King School: Upcoming Sessions

Please join us for day long sessions on the first Saturday of the month from 8:30am-6:00pm for informative, inspiring and thought-provoking discussions.

Our upcoming sessions are:
December 6, 2014, Gail Ricciuti: Introduction to Liturgy
January 3, 2015, Barbara Moore: Preaching-the Liturgical Year
February 7, 2015, Stephanie Sauve: Pastoral Care, the Art of Listening
March 7, 2015, David Kim: The Church Encounters the World: Applied Ethics and Moral Theology
April 12, 2015, Professor Orr: Education, Discipleship and Spiritual Formation

Cost is $200 per session.

Please contact Charlyn Elliott, Assistant to the Dean for Academic Life, at (585) 340-9588 for more information





WHEC-TV 10 Interviews Dr. Mark Brummitt on Creationism

On Tuesday, October 29th, WHEC-TV News10 interviewed CRCDS Associate Professor of Old Testament Studies Dr. Mark Brummitt regarding the Big Bang theory and Pope Francis' remark that "evolution is not inconsistent with the notion of creation."

Speaking at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Pope made comments which experts said put an end to the “pseudo theories” of creationism and intelligent design.   Dr. Brummitt commented on the Pope's statement.

Watch the video clip here:

If you are interested in discussing thought-provoking issues like these, you won't want to miss Dr. Brummitt's "Stories of Creation: Adam, Eve and Frankenstein (RE CS 262) beginning in January.  It's easy to audit a class!  Click here for information:

If you'd like more information about our programs, please contact the Admissions Office at (585) 340-9500 or email


Kairos Students Experience Gaza Cooking

Dr. Melanie Duguid-May's students had a literal hands-on learning experience this week.

Students enrolled in her new course, Cry For Repentance, Cry for Hope, part of the CRCDS Kairos Master's track program (offered again in the Fall of 2016) prepared and shared an authentic Palestinian meal based on the book, "The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey."kairos meal

The book is based on two women who traveled to Gaza in 2010 to collect and compile traditional Palestinian recipes from the historic Gaza district, using food as a narrative device to explore both the impact of the Palestinian exodus of 1948, and the stories of those erased towns and villages. They also wanted to investigate the current situation: the conflicts, being in the "largest open air prison in the world," agricultural policies, restrictions on fishing zones, and access to farms.

Most importantly, the women wanted to profile other women, to put a human face to the Palestinian story. In a place where women can control so little about their lives, the one place they exercise authority is their kitchen.

Students prepared recipes from the cookbook including hummus, soup, bread and dessert, while contemplating the plight and strength of the Palestinian women.

Pictured, left to right, are students John Bowens, Debbie Allen, Sara Campbell, Nicole Iaquinto, Andrea Abbott, Ray Allen, Jamal Young, Pat Wheelhouse, Robert Hoggard and Professor Duguid-May.

Thanks to Dr. Stephanie Sauve, Vice President for Academic Life, and to Nicole Iaquninto, Student Cabinet President, who shared these photos. kairos class






We need your help! CRCDS Phonathon set for November 13-18, 2014

Scot graham Raad The Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School Phonathon will be held Thursday through Tuesday, November 13-18, 2014.

Please help us reach out to our alumni/ae and friends by signing up to make a few calls. Day and evening hours are available.

The Phonathon program helps provide essential financial support for CRCDS students. We'll provide an brief orientation, food and other goodies. You'll be amazed how easy and fun this is.

Please join us this year. Last year’s Phonathon a great success and,with your help, we can make an even bigger impact this year.

Please sign up by replying to this email or by calling Lisa at (585) 340-9647.

Phonathon Schedule:
Thursday, November 13th
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m

Friday, November 14th
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 15th
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Monday, November 17th
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 18th
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Thank you for your consideration!
Lisa Bors
Director of the Annual Fund

Dr. Barbara A. Moore, RSM announces publication of new book, available in CRCDS bookstore

barbara moore bookDr. Barbara A. Moore, RSM, Associate Faculty Member in Preaching and Practical Theology at CRCDS, has announced the publication of her book, "Preaching the Advent Season . . . a journey through the Scripture texts." The book is designed to take the reader through each week of Advent using relevant Gospel verses and sermons chosen over a forty-year period. Dr. Moore explains, "These sermons and the words around them are the efforts of a 'working theologian' on a journey."  Her book, she says, is the result of three questions that served as the context for the sermons themselves: 1) What events have brought me to this point? 2) What is there about the ministry of preaching that has transformed my life? and 3) Why, after forty years, does the Advent season still capture my heart?

Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, invited to write the book's forward, says, "Listen to these Advent sermons from this seasoned preacher, and allow both her burdens and her joys to fill your heart in the process as she faithfully divides the word of God (2 Timothy 2:15).

The book is available at the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School Bookstore. The cost is $15. Please contact the bookstore directly at (585) 340-9602 for questions.

Dr. Moore is a member of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.  Her ministries have been in education, health care, preaching and criminal justice. Currently she is an Associate Faculty member in Preaching and Practical Theology at CRCDS and is Director of its program, The Study of Women and Gender in Church and Society.