Exciting new opportunities for learning and community at CRCDS, May 9, 2016 with Dr. Rachel McGuire

Please join us for a conversation with Dr. Rachel McGuire, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School's Director of Learning Communities and Online Programs on Monday, May 9, 2016. This event will be held on the CRCDS campus at 1100 S. Goodman St., Rochester, NY from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., but can also be accessed online using WebEx.

During this event, Dr. McGuire will:

  • Discuss creative partnerships CRCDS is developing with churches, not-for-profits and other organizations engaged in ministry and/or social change
  • Share plans for online learning opportunities
  • Explain a variety of new learning formats
  • Identify key programs designed for individuals interested in learning for personal or professional development
  • Explore ways to collaborate in an effort to increase the quality of education in our churches, organizations and communities

Please RSVP to rmcguire@crcds.edu by May 4. Note: If you choose the online option, sign-in instructions will be emailed to you.





Register Now! "All in a System" with Rev. Dr. Lynn Acquafondata begins May 2nd

Join clergy, lay-leaders, community organizers and counselors for a unique, interactive and hands-on learning experience this Spring at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. The Rev. Dr. Lynn Acquafondata will teach the theory of family, congregational and community systems, while providing tools for managing conflict and anxiety.“ All in a System” will take place in monthly half-day classes and monthly online classes. The course begins May 2, 2016 and continues through June 26, 2016.

Click here to view the flyer: Systems Course Flyer May 2016_final

For more information, please contact Rachel McGuire, Director of Learning Communities and Online Programs at (585) 340-9596 or email rmcguire@crcds.edu.







Dr. Melanie Duguid-May to receive honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Manchester University on May 14th


Dr. Melanie Duguid-May, the John Price Crozer Professor of Theology at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Manchester University (IN) on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Dr. Duguid-May, a member of the faculty at CRCDS since 1992, graduated from Manchester University in 1976 with high distinction. She received her Master of Divinity degree in 1979 from Harvard Divinity School and earned two additional degrees from Harvard University, a Master of Arts in 1982 and a Ph.D. in Christian theology in 1986.

She has focused her career on contemporary Christian life and faith, guiding Christians through the often-choppy confluence of faith and 21st-century challenges.  She teaches courses that explore religion, violence and peacemaking, the image and role of women in Christian tradition, Christian faith and LGBT persons, as well as courses in Christian belief and the life and thought of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Her writings have been published widely in academic, ecclesial, and ecumenical anthologies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and journals. Her books include Jerusalem Testament: Palestinian Christians Speak, 1988-2008 (Eerdmans Publishing, Co., 2010), A Body Knows: A Theopoetics of Death and Resurrection (Continuum Publishing, 1995), and Bonds of Unity: Women, Theology, and the Worldwide Church (Academy Series No. 65, Scholars Press, 1989).

Duguid-May was the first woman ordained to ministry in the Shenandoah District of the Church of the Brethren. She is a member of the prestigious American Theological Society and has been active in the ecumenical movement for many years, including leadership posts in the National Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches.

Congratulations, Dr. Duguid-May!


CRCDS Announces engaging new June course: "Theology, Suffering, and Medical Practice"

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School Professor David Y. Kim and Dr. Jessica C. Shand, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Oncology at the University of Rochester Medical School and current CRCDS student, will present a challenging and engaging new course this June, entitled, “Theology, Suffering, and Medical Practice.”

 This interdisciplinary course employs the tools of theology, ethics, social medicine and medical anthropology to promote understanding of the different ways that religious faith and medicine relate to one another.  This course will deepen the knowledge and sensitivity of medical practitioners and students, assisting them in the care of patients and their own professional development. The course will especially focus on the themes of pain and suffering, death and dying, theodicy, healing, spirituality and its cultural manifestations, ethnic perspectives, and ethical questions that bridge between medicine and faith.

Dates and Time:  June 1-3 and 6-7, 8:30 AM to 4:40 PM each day

Cost: $1795 for 3 master's-level credits
Audit Cost: $300 ($150 for alumni/ae and clergy)
Lunch Fee: $50 covers lunch each day class meets

Apply Here

Please contact admissions at admissions@crcds.edu or call (585) 340-9500 for more information. Enrollment is limited.






A message of hope and renewal from Dr. Marvin A. McMickle

CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle recently shared his thoughts about the coming of Spring and the opportunity it presents for renewal and hope for our country. His Unite Rochester blog, "Learning a Lesson from Spring Time", was published in the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle on April 1, 2016 and appeared in print in the April 10 edition.

Read his piece here: