Pres. McMickle Responds to Zimmerman Acquital

T-MARTINThe acquittal of George Zimmerman on all charges in the death of Trayvon Martin set off debate and protest across the nation. President McMickle lent his unique perspective and wisdom to the discussion through local and national media outlets.

Huffington Post

Working with Stuart Muszynski, Founder and CEO of PurpleAmerica.us, Pres. McMickle published an article on a Huffington Post blog.

"There is no faith that does not demand forgiveness." — Howard Thurman

The front lines of the longest war in American history — the war against racism — is riddled with the bodies and sacrifices of the young soldiers who fought in the Civil War, Emmett Till, Rodney King, young African-American males who populate America's jails, and now Trayvon Martin. Whether one believes George Zimmerman is innocent or guilty of murdering Trayvon (and despite his acquittal of all charges by a jury, this decision in the court of public opinion will still be in play), no one can dispute that the profiling of Trayvon was racially motivated. After all, Zimmerman openly admitted that he, a neighborhood watch volunteer, was suspicious and fearful of a young African-American male wearing a hoodie.

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"Need to Know" – Rochester-focused TV News Show

Pres. McMickle discussed the impact of and response to the outcome of the trial against George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, on Rochester, New York's regional PBS station (WXXI).

Letter to the Editor

Immediately following the announcement of the verdict, Pres. McMickle sent the following letter to The Democrat and Chronicle, a local paper in Rochester, New York.

My heart is deeply conflicted as I think about the outcome of the George Zimmerman trial.
A young man lies dead, the shooter is acquitted, and for many in America a large piece of our confidence in the criminal justice system has died as well. On the other hand, black men die every day at the hands of other black men and it barely makes the local news, much less a matter of national attention. There is enough sin and blame to go around.

Perhaps, in the aftermath of this court case, we in Rochester and across the country can renew our commitment to the value of every human life, no matter by whose hands that life has been taken!

Gun control. Racial profiling. Perhaps this time we can make some real progress.

(Originally published here on July 14, 2013.)

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 jtyson@crcds.edu.