Highlights from 2016 CRCDS Senior Prayer Breakfast and Baccalaureate Service

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School celebrated its annual Senior Prayer Breakfast and Baccalaureate on Friday, May 13, 2016.

Dr. Gail A. Ricciuti, former Associate Professor of Homiletics and now Professor Emerita, delivered a challenging and invigorating message to the graduating class at the annual Senior Breakfast. Chosen to speak by this year’s graduating class, Dr. Ricciuti’s words were an invaluable mix of insight, humor and wisdom, woven together and expressed with her obvious love for her profession, the graduates, and her colleagues in the room. To read the text of Gail’s talk, please click here:


To view the Baccalaureate service please click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRVvOH8W0Mw

Photos from the Senior Prayer Breakfast and Baccalaureate Service:

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Upcoming Information Session on Learning Communities with Dr. Rachel McGuire: Sunday, June 5

Please join us for a conversation about Learning Communities and online opportunities with Dr. Rachel McGuire, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School's Director of Learning Communities and Online Programs on Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

During this event, Dr. McGuire will:

  • Discuss creative partnerships CRCDS is developing with churches, not-for-profits and other organizations engaged in ministry and/or social change
  • Share plans for online learning opportunities
  • Explain a variety of new learning formats
  • Explore ways to collaborate in an effort to increase the quality of education in our churches, organizations and communities

This event will be held on the CRCDS campus at 1100 S. Goodman St., Rochester, NY and can also be accessed online using WebEx.

Please RSVP to rmcguire@crcds.edu 

Note: Those choosing to attend online will receive sign-in instructions via email.





Rev. Sara Campbell (CRCDS '15) ordained in Amherst, NY

Congratulations to Sara Campbell (CRCDS '15) on her ordination and installation at St. Stephens-Bethlehem United Church of Christ (UCC) in Amherst, NY this past weekend. CRCDS students, alumni/ae, and faculty, including  Nicole Iaquinto, S. Brae Adams, Jessica Glaser, Nancy O'Connor Raca, Julius D. Jackson Jr., Aleka Schmidt, Jennifer DeMarie Heckmann and Dr. Stephanie Sauvé attended this joyous occasion.

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Register Now! "All in a System" with Rev. Dr. Lynn Acquafondata continues through June 26, 2016

Join clergy, lay-leaders, community organizers and counselors for a unique, interactive and hands-on learning experience this Spring at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. The Rev. Dr. Lynn Acquafondata will teach the theory of family, congregational and community systems, while providing tools for managing conflict and anxiety.“ All in a System” will take place in monthly half-day classes and monthly online classes. The course began May 2, 2016 and continues through June 26, 2016.

Click here to view the flyer: Systems Course Flyer May 2016_final

For more information, please contact Rachel McGuire, Director of Learning Communities and Online Programs at (585) 340-9596 or email rmcguire@crcds.edu.







6th Annual "Bells on the Hill" brings hundreds to CRCDS

On Sunday, December 13, 2015, several hundred visitors filled the Samuel Colgate Memorial Chapel for the 6th Annual CRCDS "Bells on the Hill."

One of the most popular events at CRCDS brought new and old friends together and included the singing of Christmas carols, ringing of the Tower Bells, and a special moment of silence and tolling of the bells, dedicated to victims of violence in our world. Rev. Diane Bogues, Student Recruiter at CRCDS, recited the poem, "For Our World" by 11-year old Mattie Stepanek.

Click here to read the poem:


Many families and young children were in attendance and several "took to the stage" to participate in the festivities. Click here to watch a video recording of this beautiful evening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZkYa0AJVio&feature=youtu.be