Widely circulated but unconfirmed media reports say the grand jury in the Ferguson, MO shooting death of Michael Brown has reached a decision. At issue is whether Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson should be charged in Michael Brown's death.
WHEC News10 NBC in Rochester, New York will interview Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle during the 5:30 p.m. and the 6:15 p.m. evening news segments regarding the death of Michael Brown and the events in Ferguson.
To view Dr. McMickle's interview online, see:
Dr. McMickle has published an essay on the Ferguson case on the Democrat and Chronicle's Unite Rochester blog page, which can be read http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/local/blogs/unite/2014/08/20/reflections-on-ferguson/14343551/
Dr. McMickle recently wrote about the killing of the Canadian soldier in his Unite Rochester blog. He invites us to think about the differences between our two countries when he says, "I was in Toronto, Ontario on the day the funeral was held for the Canadian soldier who was shot and killed while on duty in front of that nation’s War Memorial. It was as if an entire nation was joined together in a combination of grief and shock. That was because homicides due to the use of guns is so rare in Canada. It is strange that our two nations can be so close in so many ways, but so far apart when it comes to tolerance of guns in the hands of civilians. Today there are more guns in the United States than there are people. It has been that way for the last fifty years, and during all of that time this country has led the entire world in homicides due to the use of guns. This is not to suggest that the rights of hunters and shooting enthusiasts should be curtailed. However, I do wonder why any civilian needs a weapon that can carry 100 rounds of ammunition before one has to reload, much less the need for bullets that can pierce the body armor warn by police officers? As I observed Canadians demonstrating how much value they placed on the loss of that one life, it quickly became apparent how little value we place on human life in this country since we continue to be known as “the murder Capitol of the world.” Perhaps we can add on to the Depression-era slogan that promised “A chicken in every pot, a car in every garage, and a gun in the hand of every citizen!”
To read this article online or to visit the Unite Rochester blog, please visit: http://blogs.democratandchronicle.com/unite/2014/10/31/can-we-learn-a-lesson-from-ottawa/
On Tuesday, October 29th, WHEC-TV News10 interviewed CRCDS Associate Professor of Old Testament Studies Dr. Mark Brummitt regarding the Big Bang theory and Pope Francis' remark that "evolution is not inconsistent with the notion of creation."
Speaking at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Pope made comments which experts said put an end to the “pseudo theories” of creationism and intelligent design. Dr. Brummitt commented on the Pope's statement.
Watch the video clip here: http://www.whec.com/news/stories/S3603655.shtml?cat=565
If you are interested in discussing thought-provoking issues like these, you won't want to miss Dr. Brummitt's "Stories of Creation: Adam, Eve and Frankenstein (RE CS 262) beginning in January. It's easy to audit a class! Click here for information:
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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: