Audit a Course at CRCDS!

There's no better time to audit a course at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. There are some great courses being offered this coming semester, including: Ministry on the Margins, Black Church Perspectives on Faith, American Religious History, Theological Voices of African Americans, and Faith Seeking Understanding.

Detailed course information, including schedules and professors can be found here:

For general auditing information, please click here:

Call today to reserve your place: (585) 340-9500

Clergy and alumni/ae receive a courtesy discount.

Flags Have a History: A Unite Rochester blog post by Dr. Marvin A. McMickle

In a recent post to the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle, Dr. Marvin McMickle discusses the Confederate flag and its symbolism. He says, "Those who claim that the flag is a symbol of their heritage need to ask themselves what that heritage was all about."

Please click on the link to read or comment on this essay:

Dr. Jin Young Choi's new book scheduled for release in August

Dr. Jin Young Choi, Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, has written a new book, Postcolonial Discipleship of Embodiment: An Asian and Asian American Feminist Reading of the Gospel of Mark, scheduled for release in August, 2015.

The book is highly recommended by theological scholars and will be available in the CRCDS bookstore.  Those who wish to pre-order a copy may contact Marge Nead at (585) 340-9601 or email

Please see the attached flyer for more information on this important new contribution to the field of Markan studies.



CRCDS: Prayers for Charleston

We mourn those who lost their lives in last week's terrible tragedy at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and especially hold up in prayer two CRCDS family members: Rev. Waltrina Middleton and Rev. Norvel Goff.

Rev. Middleton is a current Doctor of Ministry student who lost her cousin, Depayne Middleton Doctor, in the killings. Rev. Norvel Goff (CRCDS '07), former president of the Rochester chapter of the NAACP, accepted the prodigious challenge of heading the Emanuel AME congregation until a new pastor is found. We hold them both close in prayer as they make their way through their separate challenges in the weeks and months to come.

When trying to make sense of senseless acts, people turn to each other, to the news, and to the written word in order to feel connected and to find some measure of peace and healing. To that end, we share with you some of the pieces recently published or shared by our faith leaders, including Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, Rev. Richard "Dick" Myers and the African American Presidents and Deans of Theological Schools, as well as news coverage relating to Rev. Middleton and Rev. Goff.

Dr. Marvin A. McMickle's reaction to the Charleston, SC killings:

Rev. Myers piece in the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle:

Article regarding Rev. Goff assuming leadership of Emanuel AME:

Rev. Goff's resolve: "No demon, no evildoer can close the church":

Letter from African American Presidents and Deans:

Rev. Waltrina Middleton: "The Attack on Charleston is an Attack on All of us":





Dr. Marvin A. McMickle speaks in Dallas, TX and Overland Park, KS on Separation of Church and State

Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, President of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, was the keynote speaker for the 25th annual Religious Liberty Council luncheon in Dallas, Texas on Friday, June 19, 2015. Dr. McMickle explained the reasons behind the lack of vocal support for separation between church and state by African Americans. His speech, which he will present at the American Baptist Biennial in Overland Park, KS this week, is included here, as well as a news account of Dr. McMickle's keynote speech in Dallas.