The acquittal of George Zimmerman on all charges in the death of Trayvon Martin set off debate and protest across the nation. President McMickle lent his unique perspective and wisdom to the discussion through local and national media outlets.
“There is no faith that does not demand forgiveness.” — Howard Thurman
The front lines of the longest war in American history — the war against racism — is riddled with the bodies and sacrifices of the young soldiers who fought in the Civil War, Emmett Till, Rodney King, young African-American males who populate America’s jails, and now Trayvon Martin. Whether one believes George Zimmerman is innocent or guilty of murdering Trayvon (and despite his acquittal of all charges by a jury, this decision in the court of public opinion will still be in play), no one can dispute that the profiling of Trayvon was racially motivated. After all, Zimmerman openly admitted that he, a neighborhood watch volunteer, was suspicious and fearful of a young African-American male wearing a hoodie.
Pres. McMickle discussed the impact of and response to the outcome of the trial against George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, on Rochester, New York’s regional PBS station (WXXI).
Letter to the Editor
Immediately following the announcement of the verdict, Pres. McMickle sent the following letter to The Democrat and Chronicle, a local paper in Rochester, New York.
My heart is deeply conflicted as I think about the outcome of the George Zimmerman trial.
A young man lies dead, the shooter is acquitted, and for many in America a large piece of our confidence in the criminal justice system has died as well. On the other hand, black men die every day at the hands of other black men and it barely makes the local news, much less a matter of national attention. There is enough sin and blame to go around.
Perhaps, in the aftermath of this court case, we in Rochester and across the country can renew our commitment to the value of every human life, no matter by whose hands that life has been taken!
Gun control. Racial profiling. Perhaps this time we can make some real progress.
On July 18, 2013, President Marvin A. McMickle, Ph.D., co-signed an op-ed addressing the ongoing immigration reform debate and the recent Supreme Court decision to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act in June. It was published in The Huffington Post on behalf of African-American and Latino faith leaders from across the United States.
As Christian faith leaders, two of our deepest values are love and justice. Informed by our Christian heritage and legacy of our shared histories in pursuit of a more perfect union, we know our nation is deeply enriched by the inclusion of a great mosaic of people in our democracy. Our eyes are on the prize of a democracy that reflects the universal principles of love and justice. However, two recent developments in our national landscape have called us to speak-up about the direction of our shared democracy.
Just weeks ago, the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act. Since 1965, the Voting Rights Act has been the shield that has protected the rights of racial-ethnic minorities to vote against state efforts to discriminatorily limit their voting strength. Several of the nine states that were previously covered by the requirement have begun to implement changes in voting procedures, such as restrictive voter ID laws, that will negatively impact, and potentially disenfranchise, Americans in the communities we serve. We should build bridges, not hurdles to the voting process. As we approach the 50th year of the March on Washington and Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington D.C., the present initiatives around the country to restrict voting rights are a retreat from the promise of that dream.
Last 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.
The Rev. Winifred Collin, new Director of the Anglican Studies Program at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
The Rev. Winifred Collin, M.Div., has been named Director of Anglican Studies. She follows the Rev. Dr. William Petersen in the role, for whose service Dean Stephanie L. Sauvé and all of the CRCDS community express deep gratitude.
Rev. Collin graduated in 1988 from Bexley Hall, an Episcopal seminary that was affiliated with CRCDS from 1968 until 1998, when it returned to Columbus, Ohio. She served as a teaching assistant there and as a seminarian assistant at Christ Episcopal Church in Pittsford, New York. Following her ordination in 1988, Rev. Collin returned to Christ Episcopal and served as a rector for 14 years before retiring in July 2012. The parish grew significantly in members and ministry during her time at Christ Church.
Rev. Collin has spent her ordained life in the Diocese of Rochester, serving on both the Commission on Ministry, as Dean of the Monroe District, and on the Diocesan Council. She has forged many key connections between the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester and the CRCDS community by welcoming faculty to join the staff at Christ Episcopal, including former professors Drs. William Herzog and Chris Evans, and current Assistant Professor of Old Testament Studies, Dr. Mark Brummitt.
Through her work with newly ordained assistants and with parishioners considering Episcopal ordination, Rev. Collins has a practical understanding of the questions, concerns and challenges associated with the path to ministry. She commands a strong knowledge of the process and will be a great asset to students of the Anglican Studies Program at CRCDS.
Rev. Collin is married to Dwight Collin, who is retired from the law firm Nixon Peabody, LLP. They have two adult children.