Grief Must be Colorblind: a poignant Unite Rochester post by Dr. McMickle

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/

Where Do We Go From Here? Dr. McMickle shares his thoughts on the crisis in the Middle East in his latest Unite Rochester blog

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/

To visit the Democrat and Chronicle's Unite Rochester blog site, click here: http://blogs.democratandchronicle.com/unite/

Dr. McMickle back in Rochester after trip to Virginia

As many of you know, Dr. McMickle traveled to Virginia Beach in early June with his wife, Peggy. During his trip, Dr. McMickle experienced health issues related to a respiratory infection and spent a little over two weeks in the hospital while recovering. Dr. McMickle received excellent medical care and has since returned home to Montgomery House feeling very much improved and thankful for the return of his health.

Dr. McMickle and Mrs. McMickle sincerely thank everyone for their support, messages of encouragement, jokes and especially the heartfelt prayers extended to them both during his hospitalization. They are glad to be home in Rochester and look forward to spending a low-key Fourth of July followed by a few weeks of rest and recovery.

True to form, however, Dr. McMickle is back to doing one of the things he loves best: writing. As a regular contributor to the Democrat and Chronicle's Unite Rochester blog, he authored a post almost immediately upon his return to Rochester.  You can view the post here: http://www.blogs.democratandchronicle.com/unite/2014/06/30/uniting-humanity-is-a-constant-challenge/

Dr. McMickle was also interviewed by WXXI radio for today's broadcast regarding the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. We will post that link to our website as soon as it becomes available.

Dr. Melanie Duguid-May elected to membership in the American Theological Society

Dr. Melanie Duguid-May, John Price Crozer Professor of Theology at CRCDS, has been named as a member of the American Theological Society.

Founded in 1912, the Society's membership is based on a candidate's esteemed record of contributions to the field of theological inquiry. Election to the Society is considered a high honor.

Congratulations, Professor Duguid-May!

DON'T LEAN IN, DIG IN: Faith Based Initiatives of Women in the Struggle for Gender Equity and Justice

The following talk was given by Melanie Duguid-May, John Price Crozer Professor of Theology for the program "Faith Based Initiatives of Women in the Struggle for Gender Equity & Justice."The speech was delivered at the Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue & the Institute for Pluralism at Nazareth College on March 25, 2014.

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