Dr. Barbara A. Moore, RSM, Associate Faculty Member in Preaching and Practical Theology at CRCDS, has announced the publication of her book, "Preaching the Advent Season . . . a journey through the Scripture texts." The book is designed to take the reader through each week of Advent using relevant Gospel verses and sermons chosen over a forty-year period. Dr. Moore explains, "These sermons and the words around them are the efforts of a 'working theologian' on a journey." Her book, she says, is the result of three questions that served as the context for the sermons themselves: 1) What events have brought me to this point? 2) What is there about the ministry of preaching that has transformed my life? and 3) Why, after forty years, does the Advent season still capture my heart?
Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, invited to write the book's forward, says, "Listen to these Advent sermons from this seasoned preacher, and allow both her burdens and her joys to fill your heart in the process as she faithfully divides the word of God (2 Timothy 2:15).
The book is available at the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School Bookstore. The cost is $15. Please contact the bookstore directly at (585) 340-9602 for questions.
Dr. Moore is a member of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. Her ministries have been in education, health care, preaching and criminal justice. Currently she is an Associate Faculty member in Preaching and Practical Theology at CRCDS and is Director of its program, The Study of Women and Gender in Church and Society.
On Tuesday, October 7th, Dr. McMickle hosted a special "Soup and Signing" event celebrating the release of his newest book, "Pulpit & Politics: Separation of Church & State in the Black Church." If you were not able to attend the signing, the CRCDS bookstore has additional copies on hand and Dr. McMickle would be happy to autograph yours. Dr. McMickle's book explores a new generation of black preacher-politicians who move beyond spiritual leadership into advocacy and social justice. This important work highlights past and present examples of African American leaders in ministry and politics, from Hiram Revels to Martin Luther King, Jr. to Al Sharpton.
A must-read for anyone concerned with faith-based political activism, Pulpit & Politics is based on Dr. McMickle's lifelong dedication to serving the community and bringing to light the challenges facing black preachers.
Read more about Dr. McMickle's book here:
Dr. McMickle's most recent Unite Rochester blog post, in which he discusses the tragic death of Rochester police officer Daryl Pierson and the shooting of Ferguson, Missouri's citizen Michael Brown, and the commonality of grief: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/local/blogs/unite/2014/09/05/grief-must-be-color-blind/15129393/
Dr. McMickle's newest blog post in the Democrat and Chronicle's Unite Rochester series:
The phrase, where do we go from here? was the title of the last book written by Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1967. I lift up that question now, with the spirit of that Nobel Peace Prize winner in mind, as we look at the events that have unfolded in the last few weeks between Israelis and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. A cease fire has been called. Peace negotiations are, as of this writing, underway in Egypt. The whole world can now ask the question: where do we go from here? Will Hamas stop firing rockets into Israeli cities? Will the Israelis remove all of the check points along the border with Gaza that many Palestinians find so offensive? Will Hamas stop storing and firing rockets within populated areas that turn people into human shields? Will Israelis end the building of settlements in some areas that have long been home to Palestinians? Where do we go from here? Is a two-state solution really possible in the present climate of fear and distrust? Whatever the future holds for that troubled part of the world, the most important thing people can do is not forget the 100 year history of Jewish/Palestinian and Jewish/Arab relations. Both sides have made historic claims for their right to occupy that land. The call for a Jewish homeland did not begin with the horrors of the Holocaust, but that was certainly an event that greatly sped up Jewish immigration to Israel; especially since so many Western nations including the United States, placed sharp limits in how many Jews could immigrate into their countries. On the other hand, who can doubt that Palestinians would see steadily increasing Jewish immigration into Palestine as anything less than an occupation of their country? Every rocket fired from Gaza and every air strike launched by Israel is not just the realities of a war being fought in 2014. They are reminders that two groups of people, forced upon one another by historical circumstances, are fighting a war to preserve what they each perceive to be "their home." Which side is completely right? Which side is completely wrong? Where do we go from here?
To read all of Dr. McMickle's post to date, click here: http://blogs.democratandchronicle.com/unite/author/mmcmickle/
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