Pres. McMickle Co-signs Statement on Voting Rights Legislation

On July 18, 2013, President Marvin A. McMickle, Ph.D., co-signed an op-ed addressing the ongoing immigration reform debate and the recent Supreme Court decision to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act in June. It was published in The Huffington Post on behalf of African-American and Latino faith leaders from across the United States.

As Christian faith leaders, two of our deepest values are love and justice. Informed by our Christian heritage and legacy of our shared histories in pursuit of a more perfect union, we know our nation is deeply enriched by the inclusion of a great mosaic of people in our democracy. Our eyes are on the prize of a democracy that reflects the universal principles of love and justice. However, two recent developments in our national landscape have called us to speak-up about the direction of our shared democracy.


Just weeks ago, the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act. Since 1965, the Voting Rights Act has been the shield that has protected the rights of racial-ethnic minorities to vote against state efforts to discriminatorily limit their voting strength. Several of the nine states that were previously covered by the requirement have begun to implement changes in voting procedures, such as restrictive voter ID laws, that will negatively impact, and potentially disenfranchise, Americans in the communities we serve. We should build bridges, not hurdles to the voting process. As we approach the 50th year of the March on Washington and Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington D.C., the present initiatives around the country to restrict voting rights are a retreat from the promise of that dream.

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Unite Rochester Visit to *Ministry on the Margins* Class Sparks Conversation

mooreclass1Last Wednesday, Jane Sutter, Editor of Community Partnerships / Niche Content at The Democrat and Chronicle, attended Barbara Moore's class "Ministry on the Margins."

The visit was a research opportunity for a project at the paper she leads, Unite Rochester. Pres. McMickle has worked closely with Ms. Sutter on the feature, which seeks to address ongoing issues of race, identity and injustice here in Rochester.

Learn more about Unite Rochester at their website.

New D.Min. Program Announced

TYSONDean Stephanie L. Sauvé and Professor John R. Tyson, Visiting Professor of Church History and Director of United Methodist Studies, are very pleased to announce that a new Wesleyan / Methodist Studies concentration will be added to its Doctorate of Ministry (D.Min.) in Transformative Leadership program. The new course of study is set to launch in January 2014.

"CRCDS has a long history of serving pastors and people form the United Methodist Church tradition. This new program builds upon and continues what we have been doing for a long time," Prof. Tyson explained. "This development has also come to pass in response to a significant amount of interest in Wesleyan / Methodist Studies and inquiries about programs here."

The Wesleyan / Methodist-focused degree will be taught as one-week blocks by Professor Tyson and by nationally-renowned Wesleyan / Methodist Studies guest scholars, including Dick Heitzenrater (Duke University Divinity School) , Elaine Heath (Perkins School of Theology, SMU) , Chris Evans (Boston University School of Theology), John Wigger (University of Missouri ), Jennifer Woodruff Tait (United Theological Seminary) and Tom Albin (Dean of the Upper Room).

D.Min. programs at CRCDS include a two-week schedule of courses taught in January and June of each year. Students come to campus and engage in intensive classroom study and instruction lead by CRCDS faculty. In addition to being a faculty member, Prof. Tyson is also Pastor at the Arcade UMC (Niagara Frontier District). For more information, please contact him at

New Testament Scholar Jin Young Choi Joins World-class Faculty at CRCDS

Jin Young Choi appointed as Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins


Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins
Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

Dr. Stephanie L. Sauvé, Vice President for Academic Life and Dean of the Faculty, announces the appointment of Jin Young Choi as Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.

Ms. Choi joins a world-class faculty who offer a relevant, global and energized theological perspective at a time when the church–and theological education–is in great transition.

A native of South Korea, Ms. Choi represents a new generation of New Testament scholarship that is attuned not only to the local church, but also to the life of Christianity internationally. By weaving biblical narrative together with diverse interpretative threads, her work illumines the interplay of economics, gender relations, political and religious power. Ms. Choi's appointment affirms longstanding commitments of the Divinity School while opening new pathways into a prophetic future.

Described as "collegial, dialogic in style and engaging" by Dr. Melanie Duguid-May, John Price Crozer Professor of Theology, Ms. Choi was most recently a fellow in the Program in Theology and Practice at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Funded in part by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, this program is uniquely focused on linking theological academic work with training in the arts of congregational ministry. She is a Ph.D. candidate in New Testament and Early Christianity at Vanderbilt University and her doctoral dissertation is entitled, "Understanding as the Embodiment of Mystery in the Gospel of Mark."

A talented, interdisciplinary scholar with a practical focus, Ms. Choi holds a Master of Theology from Emory University (2005), a Master of Arts from the Graduate School of Ewha Women's University in Seoul, South Korea, (1998) and a Master of Divinity from Presbyterian Theological College and Seminary (1995), also in Seoul. Her article, “Misunderstanding of Jesus’ Disciples in Mark,” is included in Mark: Texts @ Context (Fortress, 2010). Ms. Choi taught foundational courses in New Testament at both Vanderbilt University and Columbia Theological Seminary. She has published a number of Bible study books and lectionary resources for church leaders and lay people in the United States and South Korea.

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School celebrates Ms. Choi's appointment and eagerly awaits her arrival to the Hill.