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.

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Listen to the Podcast: WXXI's Evan Dawson interviews CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle

connections-evan-dawsonCRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle was interviewed by  WXXI's radio host Evan Dawson on Friday, September 30, 2016. The one-hour call-in radio show focused on the African American vote in the 2016 Presidential election.

To hear WXXI's broadcast, click here:

http://wxxinews.org/post/connections-african-american-vote-2016

 

 

Local news reporter interviews CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle regarding distribution of racist flyers

Rochester, NY WHEC-10TV reporter Rachel Spotts interviewed CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle last week after the discovery of racist fliers in a nearby neighborhood. The flyers utilized the tagline, "Make (Rochester) Great Again" and directed people to a white supremacy website.

Dr. McMickle was asked about the movement's motives and possible outcome. He said,  "We're not going back to anything. We're not going back to the 50s. We're not going back to the 60s. We're not going back anywhere. So, you'll just have to get used to the fact that the world has changed and neither Donald Trump nor [the racist website] can turn back the clock."

See the televised interview here:

http://www.whec.com/news/racist-fliers-left-in-pittsford/4269999/

CRCDS Fall 2016 Convocation: Watch it on CRCDS YouTube

Convocation marked the the opening of the 2016-17 academic year at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School on Wednesday, August 31, 2016.

CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, members of the Board of Trustees, alumni/ae, faculty, staff and friends of CRCDS welcomed new and returning students in the historic Samuel Colgate Memorial Chapel.

To view the Convocation celebration, click here:

https://www.youtube.com/user/CRCDSMedia/playlists

"Using the Good Book for Bad Thoughts" by Dr. Marvin A. McMickle

On September 7, 2016, CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle published a "Unite Rochester" blog in the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle entitled, "Using the Good Book for Bad Thoughts." Read the full text of Dr. McMickle's blog here:

As the LGBTQ community in this country continues to seek and oft times receive full acceptance in all areas of our society, I am shocked and ashamed of the fact that many people within the Christian church remain closed-minded and unwelcoming of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters.

What is especially troubling to me as a long-time pastor and now as a theological educator is how some people attempt to use the Bible to justify their bigotry on this topic. I repeatedly hear such persons quoting from Leviticus 18:22 that refers to same-gender sexual contact as an abomination.

There are two things about this approach that trouble me. First, there is the simple fact that Leviticus is a 10th century BCE document that reflects a culture and a communal life that has largely disappeared in the modern world; even in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv! More importantly, there is so much more in Leviticus that these Bible quoters seem free to ignore. In Leviticus 19 it says we should not place tattoos on our bodies. I have heard no preacher condemn tattoos. It says that men should not cut the hair at the side of their heads or trim their beards, but I hear no preaching against going to the barber shop.

That same chapter also forbids wearing clothing made of two different types of fabric; hence silk and wool, or polyester clothing should be condemned. Leviticus 19 states that we should be kind to any foreigners living among us (immigrants and refugees). Yet, the anti-immigrant rhetoric in our society is harsh and visceral. Leviticus 19 also urges us not to hold grudges against one another.  Why are the people who are so quick to quote Leviticus 18:22 and the evils of homosexuality so mute about what is found in the very next chapter, let alone the rest of the entire book?

Some Christians want to be able to embrace one favorite verse while ignoring all the rest. It does not and it cannot work that way. If there is one verse that all Christians should embrace perhaps it should be Leviticus 19: 18 that says, "love your neighbor as yourself." I would encourage every preacher to make this one verse the center of their theology.