CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle: Thoughts on Walter Rauschenbusch's Six Societal Ills, Yesterday and Today

CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle says, in a recent Unite Rochester blog published in yesterday’s  Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (NY), "In describing the things that endangered society at the turn of the 20th century, Walter Rauschenbusch (RTS, 1886) identified six social sins; bigotry, the arrogance of power, the corruption of justice for personal ends, the madness of the mob, militarism, and class contempt. Even a cursory look at contemporary trends in the United States reveals that all six of these societal ills remain with us 100 years later."

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Rev. Gary Kubitz (CRCDS '15) holds prayer vigil

Rev. Gary Kubitz (CRCDS '15), recently named pastor at the United Methodist Church in Voorheesville, NY, organized an interdenominational prayer vigil for peace and understanding. Rev. Kubitz wanted to bring people together to fight against injustice and to work together toward peace, while acknowledging diversity among groups.

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Similarities & Differences: Black Lives Matter & The Civil Rights Movement

CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle was interviewed recently by Hélène Biandudi Hofer, host and producer of WXXI's "Need To Know" (Rochester, NY) in conjunction with the third anniversary of the founding of the "Black Lives Matter" movement.

"Similarities & Differences: Black Lives Matter & The Civil Rights Movement" aired on Thursday, August 4, 2016 and incorporated many of the questions and challenges that Dr. McMickle addresses as an integral member of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle’s Unite Rochester board.

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Watch video of Unite Rochester's "Responding to Racial Tensions" forum here

The Unite Rochester Community Response Panel, which includes CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, held a public forum on Monday, July 25, 2016 to examine how the Rochester community is responding to racial tensions. The forum, moderated by Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle Senior Engagement Editor Julie Philipp, was held at the School of the Arts Auditorium, 45 Prince St., Rochester, NY, 14607. This event was recorded and can be viewed here:

Other members of the Unite Rochester Community Response Panel who spoke at the forum included Michael Ciminelli, Rochester City Police Chief, Sherry Walker-Cowart, Civilian Review Board/Center for Dispute Settlement President & CEO, Karen Magnuson, Democrat & Chronicle Executive Editor/VP of News, Cynthia Herriott Sullivan, Unite Rochester Justice Committee/Seamless Communications Group COO,and David Sanchez, M.K. Gandhi Institute Youth Program Organizer. Individual Response Panel members included Jerome Jackson, Rochester Institute of Technology Director of Social Media & Crowdfunding and Jean Carroll, YWCA of  Greater Rochester CEO.

A Unite Rochester Follow-Up to the Forum will be held on Tuesday, August 9 from 8:00- 9:30 a.m. in the First Amendment Room at the Democrat & Chronicle, 245 E. Main St., Rochester, NY. to discuss what was learned during the forum and how to leverage that learning to further strengthen the Greater Rochester community.



Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes Jr. (CRDS '75) speaks at Interfaith Service at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA.

bio_forbesRev. Dr. James A. Forbes Jr. (CRDS '75), Senior Minister Emeritus of the Riverside  Church in New York City, led an interfaith service recently at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA. The gathering, titled "In Pursuit of Love and Kindness," was held to counteract what Forbes says are "problems of bigotry, climate change, greed and the 'demonic matter' of xenophobia."

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Rev. Forbes, the first African-American to serve as Senior Minister of the 2,500-member multicultural congregation at Riverside, is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches and the Original United Holy Church of America.