CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle: Thoughts on Walter Rauschenbusch's Six Societal Ills, Yesterday and Today

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."

To read Dr. McMickle's complete article, click here:

Similarities & Differences: Black Lives Matter & The Civil Rights Movement

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:

Watch video of Unite Rochester's "Responding to Racial Tensions" forum here

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:

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.



Dr. David Kim Assists in Planning International Conference Honoring the Centenary of Rev. Walter Rauschenbusch

KIM-PHOTO2Dr. David Yoon-Jung Kim, Arthur J. Gosnell Associate Professor of Christian Social Ethics at CRCDS, has been selected to participate on the planning committee for an international conference recognizing the centenary of Walter Rauschenbusch's death.

"The Legacy of Walter Rauschenbusch” will take place April 9-11, 2018, at Mercer University in Atlanta, GA. Rev. Rauschenbusch, a Baptist pastor and Christian theologian, graduated from Rochester Theolgical Seminary (now CRCDS) in 1886 and is commonly known as "The Father of the Social Gospel."

Conference partners include Mercer University’s Center for Theology and Public Life and McAfee School of Theology, Acadia Centre for Baptist and Anabaptist Studies (ACBAS) and the American Baptist Historical Society (ABHS).

Dr. William H. Brackney, a former Associate Professor in Church History at Colgate Rochester Divinity School and the Millard R. Cherry Distinguished Professor of Christian Theology and Ethics at Acadia Divinity College in Nova Scotia, visited CRCDS in June to conduct research related to the conference.



Register by Friday, September 9, 2016! "All in a System: The Power of Congregation, Family and Community" begins soon

lynnJoin clergy, lay-leaders, community organizers and counselors for a unique, interactive and hands-on learning experience at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.

The Rev. Dr. Lynn Acquafondata will teach the theory of family, congregational and community systems, while providing tools for managing conflict and anxiety.

Designed for working professionals, “All in a System” will take place in three half-day on-site classes and three online classes. The course begins this semester and continues through November 13, 2016.


Online session: Complete on your own by September 15
Meet on Campus: 2-5 p.m. Sunday, September 18 at CRCDS
Online session: Complete on your own between October 4 and 11
Meet on Campus: 2-5 p.m. Sunday, October 23 at CRCDS
Online session: Complete on your own between November 1 and 7
Meet on Campus: 2-5 p.m. Sunday, November 13 at CRCDS

Please register online at this link.

Click the systems course flyer to see the schedule: All in a System Course Information

For more information, please contact Rachel McGuire, Director of New Models (585) 340-9596 or email