Reverend John Jaspers (1812-1901)

Pres. McMickle gave a sermon at today's All School Worship, where he explored the theology of Rev. John Jaspers, a 19th century preacher who grew up in slavery (1812-1901). He is best known for his historic sermon "De Sun Do Move.

The service today was presented by the Black Student Caucus at CRCDS. A focus of the event was sankofa, which means: "We must go back and reclaim out past so we can move forward; so we understand why and how we came to be who are today." The term is used among the Asante people of Ghana.

Dr. James H. Evans Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Landmark Work

"How can the dialogue between professional black theologians and other members of the African American churches be strengthened so that it becomes clear that Black Theology is rooted in the faith of the church and that the faith of the church is given intellectual clarity and expression in Black Theology?"

It is with this question twenty years ago that We Have Been Believers ignited fresh, energetic inquiry into the theology of the African American Christian tradition, its history, practice and its theology. This work by Dr. James H. Evans,Professor of Systematic Theology, has become a seminal text; James H. Cone of Union Theological Seminary wrote that it is "useful for both the church and the academy. I recommend it highly."

Last month, the 20th Anniversary Edition was published by Fortress Press.

Edited and introduced by Stephen G. Ray Jr., it includes three new essays that identify the value of the book for womanist, evangelical and Black Church audiences. The new edition also concludes with an afterword by the author himself.

"[…] Evans resists the dominant narrative of American religious life that the African American Christian faith was wholly a creature of slavery and therefore only derivative of Euro­American Christian practice."
– Prof. Stephen G. Ray, "Forward to the Second Edition," We Have Been Believers
Dr. Evans is currently preparing to take a sabbatical next term, where he will be preparing a work concerning a theological approach to forgiveness. He is also the author of We Shall All Be Changed (1997),Modern Christian Thought: The Twentieth Century (2nd edition, 2006) and Playing: Christian Explorations of Daily Living (2010), all available from Fortress Press. You can purchase a copy of We Have Been Believers (20th Anniversary Edition) here.

Breakfast with the President Next Week

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle will host a community breakfast next week at 7:30 am on Tuesday, March 27 on the CRCDS campus.
The event will provide local leaders, neighborhood and community groups and other members of the public the opportunity to hear and to respond to President McMickle's vision for CRCDS as it becomes a visibly more active organization within Rochester.
The breakfast meeting is free and open to the public. A complimentary continental breakfast will be provided by award-winning Special Events Catering.

DATE:      Tuesday, March 27, 2012

TIME:            7:30–9:00 am

PLACE:         Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (CRCDS)
For further information, please contact Chris White, Director of Communications at (585) 290 0498 or by email