Deposits due soon 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

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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

REGISTER NOW! Fall Lecture Series October 6-9, 2014

2014 fall picRegistrations are coming in fast and furious for our Fall Lectures, Reflections and Worship. Renowned and revered speaker Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak of South Africa, beloved Rev. Ray Bagnuolo and poet/activist/advocate Ms. Edwina Gateley are among the lineup of presenters the first week in October. Several events are off-site this year, including the Janice Lynn Cohen Symposium on Child and Adolescent Health and Spirituality at the University of Rochester Medical Center and the African American Legacy Lecture given by Dr. Boesak. Please see the links below for more information and to register:

Thinking about Grad School? Visit CRCDS during the Seminary & Theological Grad School Virtual Fair on September 17th

virtual imageTake advantage of the opportunity to visit CRCDS from the comfort of your own home during this one-day free virtual event. Learn about the uniqueness of our school and its alumni/ae, register for courses or explore the many options we offer to enhance your educational and spiritual life.

Mark your calendar and check us out on September 17th!


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