CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle was interviewed by WXXI's radio host Evan Dawson on Friday, September 30, 2016. The one-hour call-in radio show focused on the African American vote in the 2016 Presidential election.
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On September 7, 2016, CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle published a "Unite Rochester" blog in the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle entitled, "Using the Good Book for Bad Thoughts." Read the full text of Dr. McMickle's blog here:
As the LGBTQ community in this country continues to seek and oft times receive full acceptance in all areas of our society, I am shocked and ashamed of the fact that many people within the Christian church remain closed-minded and unwelcoming of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters.
What is especially troubling to me as a long-time pastor and now as a theological educator is how some people attempt to use the Bible to justify their bigotry on this topic. I repeatedly hear such persons quoting from Leviticus 18:22 that refers to same-gender sexual contact as an abomination.
There are two things about this approach that trouble me. First, there is the simple fact that Leviticus is a 10th century BCE document that reflects a culture and a communal life that has largely disappeared in the modern world; even in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv! More importantly, there is so much more in Leviticus that these Bible quoters seem free to ignore. In Leviticus 19 it says we should not place tattoos on our bodies. I have heard no preacher condemn tattoos. It says that men should not cut the hair at the side of their heads or trim their beards, but I hear no preaching against going to the barber shop.
That same chapter also forbids wearing clothing made of two different types of fabric; hence silk and wool, or polyester clothing should be condemned. Leviticus 19 states that we should be kind to any foreigners living among us (immigrants and refugees). Yet, the anti-immigrant rhetoric in our society is harsh and visceral. Leviticus 19 also urges us not to hold grudges against one another. Why are the people who are so quick to quote Leviticus 18:22 and the evils of homosexuality so mute about what is found in the very next chapter, let alone the rest of the entire book?
Some Christians want to be able to embrace one favorite verse while ignoring all the rest. It does not and it cannot work that way. If there is one verse that all Christians should embrace perhaps it should be Leviticus 19: 18 that says, "love your neighbor as yourself." I would encourage every preacher to make this one verse the center of their theology.
CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle says, in a recent Unite Rochester blog published in yesterday’s Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (NY), "In describing the things that endangered society at the turn of the 20th century, Walter Rauschenbusch (RTS, 1886) identified six social sins; bigotry, the arrogance of power, the corruption of justice for personal ends, the madness of the mob, militarism, and class contempt. Even a cursory look at contemporary trends in the United States reveals that all six of these societal ills remain with us 100 years later."
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CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle was interviewed recently by Hélène Biandudi Hofer, host and producer of WXXI's "Need To Know" (Rochester, NY) in conjunction with the third anniversary of the founding of the "Black Lives Matter" movement.
"Similarities & Differences: Black Lives Matter & The Civil Rights Movement" aired on Thursday, August 4, 2016 and incorporated many of the questions and challenges that Dr. McMickle addresses as an integral member of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle’s Unite Rochester board.
To view the broadcast, click here: http://wxxinews.org/post/watch-similarities-differences-black-lives-matter-civil-rights-movement
The Unite Rochester Community Response Panel, which includes CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, held a public forum on Monday, July 25, 2016 to examine how the Rochester community is responding to racial tensions. The forum, moderated by Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle Senior Engagement Editor Julie Philipp, was held at the School of the Arts Auditorium, 45 Prince St., Rochester, NY, 14607. This event was recorded and can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFbpe-cOD7Y
Other members of the Unite Rochester Community Response Panel who spoke at the forum included Michael Ciminelli, Rochester City Police Chief, Sherry Walker-Cowart, Civilian Review Board/Center for Dispute Settlement President & CEO, Karen Magnuson, Democrat & Chronicle Executive Editor/VP of News, Cynthia Herriott Sullivan, Unite Rochester Justice Committee/Seamless Communications Group COO,and David Sanchez, M.K. Gandhi Institute Youth Program Organizer. Individual Response Panel members included Jerome Jackson, Rochester Institute of Technology Director of Social Media & Crowdfunding and Jean Carroll, YWCA of Greater Rochester CEO.
A Unite Rochester Follow-Up to the Forum will be held on Tuesday, August 9 from 8:00- 9:30 a.m. in the First Amendment Room at the Democrat & Chronicle, 245 E. Main St., Rochester, NY. to discuss what was learned during the forum and how to leverage that learning to further strengthen the Greater Rochester community.