Thank You to Everyone Who Supported the 4th Annual CRCDS Walkathon!

Blue skies blessed the CRCDS 4th Annual Walkathon on walk joyceTuesday, September 16th. This year, community partners committed to nonviolence were available at "information stations" positioned throughout the campus' 5K course. Thank you to representatives from Alternatives for Battered Women, Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley, RESOLVE of Rochester, Metro Council for Teen Potential, M.K. Gandhi Center for Nonviolence, YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County and Veteran's Outreach Center who so generously shared their staff and resources.

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African American Legacy Lecture, Exploitation of Women Highlight Fall Lecture Series October 6-9, 2014

2014-fall-picIf you haven't already registered for the Fall Lecture Series events being held on and off campus October 6-9, 2014, do so today! Lectures, presentations, exhibits and discussions bring world-renowned speakers together with prominent community leaders. Please click on these links to learn more about the upcoming events and register for those you wish to attend.

Deposits due Friday, October 3rd for Iona Community trip to Scotland, June 24-July 5, 2015

ScotlandFor those who would like to join pilgrims from all over the world for a week of living in community in a restored 12th Century Abbey — we are finalizing our trip! New information from the Abbey just came in, and if you are planning to join this wonderful group, we need your non-refundable deposit of $750 no later than Friday, October 3rd.  Please make your check out to CRCDS and note "LLL IONA" on the check memo.

This amazing week at IONA Community is more than just a time of experiencing  life in community. It is more than checking off something on one’s life list. It is an invitation to be transformed and to live in ways that are transformative. To live seeking right relationship with self, the other, the divine and all that is, claiming life as worship and worship as life, and sojourning as one who honors the past so as to learn from it, and thereby be about right and just living in the present.

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Sauvé at

A program of CRCDS Academic Life &
the Gene Bennett Program for Life Long learning 

Additional Information and Required Forms

2015 IONA Information
Booking Form
International Travel Application Form
International Travel Medical Form
Waiver of Liability and Assumption of Risk Form

Rev. Dr. James L. Cherry, Sr. retiring after serving 34 years as Pastor of Aenon Baptist Church

Long-time CRCDS supporter and friend, pastor and community activist Rev. Dr. James L. Cherry Jr. recently announced his retirement from Aenon Baptist Church located at 175 Genesee Street, Rochester, New York. A celebration for Dr. Cherry and his wife, Mrs. Eunice Cherry, will be held at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center on October 10, 2014. Information about the event and tickets may be purchased here:

Dr. Cherry, a Pennsylvania native, has been a minster for 54 years and a tireless advocate for his community. He was installed as pastor at Aenon Baptist Church on July 6, 1981.  A partial list of Dr. Cherry's accomplishments during his service include:

  • Paying off the first mortgage of the church, located at 175 Genesee Street
  • Establishing the Aenon Christian Education Department
  • Instituting the Children's Church, Youth Church Ministry and Performing Arts Ministry
  • Implementing the Male Chorus and the Psalms of Praise Choir Ministries
  • Developing an Evangelism Ministry
  • Launching the church's website
  • Strong community activism and support of groups, causes and events, including involvement with Urban League, Habitat for Humanity, Crop Walk, Scouting, Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Community Health Awareness Food Kitchen, Monroe County Women's Health Partnership Program and United Way.  In addition, Dr. Cherry has championed several community initiatives allowing individuals coping with addiction, poverty, prejudice and homelessness to find a way to overcome these obstacles and who have since become role models and mentors for others, especially youth.

The CRCDS community is proud and grateful to have the support and friendship of Dr. and Mrs. Cherry, and wishes them many happy and healthy years ahead.


October 2015: CRCDS hosts a Christian Pilgrimage to Israel-Palestine

East Jerusalem, Israel - 18 Jan 2012Following the successful trip to Israel-Palestine in June 2013, CRCDS will be hosting a return trip in October 2015. On this pilgrimage we will visit Jewish, Christian and Muslim holy sites, meet people of these faith communities, and engage the tragic and seemingly intractable conflict tearing the fabric of life in this land. Throughout the twelve days, there will be occasions for prayer, worship, Bible study, as well as lectures on ancient and contemporary theological and ethical topics. Led by Melanie Duguid May and Mark Brummitt. Interested parties should contact Mark Brummitt at

A program of CRCDS Academic Life & 
the Gene Bennett Program for Life Long learning