Merry Christmas from CRCDS!

WIN_20151213_163704Dear Friends,

In just a few hours, we will gather together with friends and family to celebrate the joyful birth of the Christ child. While we contemplate the joy this Good News brings to our world, we offer special thanks for you and for each and every member of the CRCDS family.

On behalf of all of us at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, I wish you a blessed Christmas and happy, healthy 2016.

Peace to you,


Rev. Marvin A. McMickle, Ph.D.
Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School


Antonin Scalia said what? A "Unite Rochester" blog by CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia ignited furor across all racial lines when he recently suggested that African American students might be better off if they chose not to attend elite colleges that might "move too fast" for them to keep up in class.

CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle responded to Justice Scalia's comments in a recent blog. Read it here:


CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle attends racism conference in Charleston, S.C.

Six months after the deadly shootings at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle attended a three-day conference in that city, attending a worship service at the church where nine people were killed.

Asked about the purpose of the conference, Dr. McMickle said, “We’re not going to be able to resolve the issues of racism alone, whether it is the black church alone or the white church alone. I think both hands have to be on the plow.”

The Conference of National Black Churches organized the event, which drew  hundreds of pastors from all over the country.

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"Preaching the New Testament: Rediscovering its Named and Unnamed Women" by Dr. Barbara A. Moore

Dr. Barbara A. Moore, Dean of the Program for the Study of Women and Gender in Church and Society, and Professor of Preaching and Practical Theology at CRCDS, has written a new book: "Preaching the New Testament…Rediscovering its Named and Unnamed Women," now available in the CRCDS bookstore.

Dr. Moore's eagerly-anticipated second book examines the myriad roles women played in the 1st century and beyond and includes their many challenges, including illness, vulnerability, caregiving and ministry.

To purchase a copy of Dr. Moore's book, see:

Or contact Dr. Moore directly at:

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CRCDS Announces New Certificate in Older Adult Ministry

CRCDS received approval from the United Methodist Board of Higher Education & Ministry to offer courses required for the United Methodist Professional Certification Program in Older Adult Ministry. The certificate equips clergy as well as laypersons to serve this specialized and rapidly growing segment of the population. The program is open to individuals from all denominations and faiths.

Application deadlines are July 1 for the fall term and December 1 for the spring term.

Please click here for application instructions: