CRCDS Stands in Support of our Jewish Brothers and Sisters

Members of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, including faculty, students and alumni/ae attended a "Rally Against Anti-Semitism" yesterday in Brighton, NY, joining almost 150 people to decry hate crimes taking place locally and across the nation against the Jewish community. Coverage from this event is included here: http://www.twcnews.com/nys/rochester/top-stories/2017/03/12/brighton-jcc-closed-due-to-bomb-threat.html

CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle is attending a press conference this afternoon condemning racism, prejudice and intolerance and standing in support with members of the Interfaith community of the Greater Rochester area.

Dr. McMickle published a blog post today in the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle entitled, ""No Time for Silence" calling all of us to action. Read his message here:

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/local/blogs/unite/2017/03/13/marvin-mcmickle-no-time-silence/99124342/

 

 

Join us! The CRCDS School for Christian Leadership offers new learning opportunites

The School for Christian Leadership at CRCDS now offers three paths for learning: in a traditional classroom setting, learning together with a cohort group, and online! Classes meet one Saturday per month, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. from September to April.

Classes are an excellent opportunity for those seeking a deeper engagement in personal spirituality and for those who have been in diaconate or lay ministry. Participants may also earn Continuing Education credits (CEU's) for completed courses. Complete all three course cycles and receive your SCL certification.

For more information on classes or the School for Christian Leadership (SCL), please contact Melissa Morral at (585) 340-9633 or email mmorral@crcds.edu.

CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle's Letter to the Editor: "Invest in Children Earlier"

In a recent Letter to the Editor to the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle, CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle pointed out that 90% of a child's brain development occurs before the child is five years old. Why is it, he asked, that 90% of the money spent on social and educational programs for children begin when they are older than five?

Read the full text of Dr. McMickle's letter here:

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/local/blogs/unite/2017/02/22/guest-opinion-invest-children-earlier/98257960/

CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle: "Cal Thomas missed the point entirely"

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: "The Real Issue is Voter Suppression"

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:

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/local/blogs/unite/2017/01/27/real-issue-voter-suppression/97156394/