Unite Rochester: "Responding to Racial Tensions" forum Monday, July 25th–Video now available on CRCDS YouTube Channel

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 forum was captured on Facebook Live and has been uploaded to the CRCDS Media Channel. It is available for viewing at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFbpe-cOD7Y

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.



Responding to Hate with Love, Responding to Violence by Making Peace: A Clergy-Led Community Conversation on Tuesday, July 19th

CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle will join a clergy-led, interfaith conversation at Temple B'rith Kodesh on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 on the topic of responding to violence by making peace. The event is free and open to the public. People of all faiths are encouraged to attend.

Peter Stein, Senior Rabbi at Temple B'rith Kodesh, located at 2131 Elmwood Ave. in Brighton, NY, organized the event to bring together community and clergy in an effort to respond in a positive way to the spate of violence occurring in our country and around the world.

Rev. George Heyman, president of St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, current CRCDS Trustee Bishop Prince Singh of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, and former CRCDS Trustee the Rev. John Wilkinson of Third Presbyterian Church are also scheduled to participate.

Click here for more information: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2016/07/15/responding-hate-love-responding-violence-by-making-peace/87145930/



There's Only One Way Out of the "Worst of Times" by CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle

CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle shared his thoughts about the recent tragic events in Dallas, TX (and elsewhere in the nation) in a guest column, published in the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle on July 9, 2016.  Read the full text here:


CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle's Unite Rochester blog post: More guns will not alleviate gun violence

The Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle printed Dr. Marvin A. McMickle's "Unite Rochester" blog post on Sunday, June 27, 2016 which was entitled, "Guns! Guns! Guns!"

Dr. McMickle shared a frightening story about his father being threatened with gun violence, and strongly asserts that arming more citizens with firearms will only exacerbate the problem.

Read the blog post  here:


Dr. McMickle leads service of remembrance for victims of Orlando tragedy

The CRCDS community gathered in the chapel on Monday, June 13 to remember the victims of the tragedy in Orlando.  Those in attendance prayed for the LGBT community in Orlando and around the globe while calling for an end to violence against all people.  Please join us in our continued prayer for peace and healing for the Orlando community and for all those touched by violence.

To view a portion of the service, please click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZk5RxMwwg4&feature=youtu.be