In a recent Letter to the Editor (Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle), CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle wrote:
"Cal Thomas missed the point entirely when it comes to the Johnson Amendment and Donald Trump's boast about having it repealed. The main focus of the 1954 Johnson Amendment to the IRS code was to prevent religious leaders from endorsing political candidates from their pulpits. It does no in any way prohibit religious leaders from commenting on political issues in general. The tax exempt status of a religious group would not be endangered if the leader of that group spoke openly about the Affordable Care Act, the Iran nuclear treaty, or the current immigration ban issued by Trump and halted by the courts. If, however, a pastor, rabbi, imam, or priest were to openly endorse any political candidate then seeking office at any level of government that would be a violation of the Johnson Amendment, and that group's tax exempt status would be at risk. I was the leader of a local religious community for 34 years, and I regularly commented on political issues. Some in the congregation may not have agreed with me, but I was never at odds with the Johnson Amendment or the IRS codes. This information is not hard to find. Perhaps Cal Thomas should do some basic research before he starts offering the wrong interpretation on a current event."
CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle addressed Donald Trump's claim of voter fraud in the November, 2016 Presidential election in a recent "Unite Rochester" blog. "The real issue," says Dr. McMickle, "is voter suppression."
Read Dr. McMickle's post here:
Rev. Rodney E. Williams (CRCDS '12), has been elected as president of the Kansas City branch of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Rev. Williams, a member of the NAACP since he was eight years old, is a longtime civil rights activist and the pastor of Swope Parkway United Christian Church in Kansas City, Missouri. Rev. Williams previously served as vice president of the local branch of the NAACP, which hosted the 2010 national convention featuring Michelle Obama as a keynote speaker. Organized in 1913, the Kansas City chapter has the largest membership in the surrounding10-state area, including Missouri.
Rev. Williams lives in Kansas City, MO with his wife Lorianne and their three children, Danielle, Rodney and Courtney.
CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle appeared on (Rochester, NY) WXXI "Connections" live radio show on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 to discuss "America during the Trump Administration." The animated, one-hour long broadcast covered many issues, including taking advantage of the right to vote, and how to make one's voice heard in a disparate but democratic society.
To listen to the podcast, please click here:http://wxxinews.org/post/connections-marvin-mcmickle-trump-administration
CRCDS hosted its 7th annual "Bells on the Hill" event on Sunday, December 11, 2016. More than a hundred people visited the Samuel Colgate Memorial Chapel to sing holiday carols, share refreshments and hear the playing of the Andrews-Hale chimes.
Thank you to everyone who came out on a chilly, but beautiful winter evening to share in fellowship and song. A special thanks to Wegmans and to Mrs. Libby Clay for providing holiday treats.
A highlight of the event was children participating in the singing of the carols. Many remarked they were one of the best parts of the event. Click here to see an enthusiastic group of children singing "Jingle Bells": https://www.facebook.com/crcds/videos/10154149431443873/