Unite Rochester Visit to *Ministry on the Margins* Class Sparks Conversation

mooreclass1Last Wednesday, Jane Sutter, Editor of Community Partnerships / Niche Content at The Democrat and Chronicle, attended Barbara Moore's class "Ministry on the Margins."

The visit was a research opportunity for a project at the paper she leads, Unite Rochester. Pres. McMickle has worked closely with Ms. Sutter on the feature, which seeks to address ongoing issues of race, identity and injustice here in Rochester.

Learn more about Unite Rochester at their website.

New Testament Scholar Jin Young Choi Joins World-class Faculty at CRCDS

Jin Young Choi appointed as Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins


Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins
Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

Dr. Stephanie L. Sauvé, Vice President for Academic Life and Dean of the Faculty, announces the appointment of Jin Young Choi as Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.

Ms. Choi joins a world-class faculty who offer a relevant, global and energized theological perspective at a time when the church–and theological education–is in great transition.

A native of South Korea, Ms. Choi represents a new generation of New Testament scholarship that is attuned not only to the local church, but also to the life of Christianity internationally. By weaving biblical narrative together with diverse interpretative threads, her work illumines the interplay of economics, gender relations, political and religious power. Ms. Choi's appointment affirms longstanding commitments of the Divinity School while opening new pathways into a prophetic future.

Described as "collegial, dialogic in style and engaging" by Dr. Melanie Duguid-May, John Price Crozer Professor of Theology, Ms. Choi was most recently a fellow in the Program in Theology and Practice at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Funded in part by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, this program is uniquely focused on linking theological academic work with training in the arts of congregational ministry. She is a Ph.D. candidate in New Testament and Early Christianity at Vanderbilt University and her doctoral dissertation is entitled, "Understanding as the Embodiment of Mystery in the Gospel of Mark."

A talented, interdisciplinary scholar with a practical focus, Ms. Choi holds a Master of Theology from Emory University (2005), a Master of Arts from the Graduate School of Ewha Women's University in Seoul, South Korea, (1998) and a Master of Divinity from Presbyterian Theological College and Seminary (1995), also in Seoul. Her article, “Misunderstanding of Jesus’ Disciples in Mark,” is included in Mark: Texts @ Context (Fortress, 2010). Ms. Choi taught foundational courses in New Testament at both Vanderbilt University and Columbia Theological Seminary. She has published a number of Bible study books and lectionary resources for church leaders and lay people in the United States and South Korea.

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School celebrates Ms. Choi's appointment and eagerly awaits her arrival to the Hill.

New Satellite Course to Be Offered in Buffalo, NY

CRCDS will now offer two courses remotely  during the 2013/2014 Academic Year. One course shall be taught each term at First Shiloh Baptist Church in downtown Buffalo on Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm to 9:00pm with a mid-point break for prayer and reflection.

  • Place: First Shiloh Baptist Church
  • Where: Buffalo, New  York
  • When: Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00 pm during the 2013 / 2014 Academic Year

In the Fall term our President and Professor of Church Leadership Dr. Marvin A. McMickle will teach “Preaching On Contemporary Questions: From Social Issues to Public Policy.”

In the Spring term past President and Robert K. Davies, Professor of Systematic Theology Dr. James Evans will teach “Thurman, King and the life Of the Spirit.”

Contact Melissa Morral, Vice President for Enrollment Services, at 585-340-9633 or mmorral@crcds.edu to enroll.

Dean Sauvé Publishes Letter to the Editor in Christian Century

Letter to editor appeared in Nov. 28, 2012 issue of Christian Century and in is response to an October 2012 cover story, "Fit for Ministry." You can read it here.

Proeschold-Bell's wish is to change how congregations see their pastors–no longer as their servant or as on a pedstal, but as a whole human with flaws and graces, as one needing fulfillment, as a partner in ministry. As we read and discussed the article and the wish in a supervised ministry class at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, it became clear that another step needs to be taken first: congregations will never come to know their pastor as whole humans with flaws and graces until pastors see themselves in this way.

If someone were to invite me to wave a wand, I would want to swing it widely so as to include pastor and people, inviting them to honesty and right relationship in ministry, so we could partner in ushering in the kingdom with health and hope in body and spirit.

- Dean Stephanie L. Sauvé, Rochester, NY

Letter to editor appeared in Nov. 28, 2012 issue of Christian Century.