REJOICEThe community is invited to a brief Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service led by Rev. Marvin A. McMickle on the South Terrace (facing Highland Avenue) from 6:30 a.m. – 7: 00 a.m. on April 20, 2014. Held in collaboration with several area churches, the service is an eagerly anticipated, long-standing tradition and embodies the true ecumenical spirit of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. Participants include Rev. John  Wilkinson, Pastor of Third Presbyterian Church, Faith in Action Board Member and Catholic Family Center's Dr. Marvin Mich, Joan Gray Lindberg and students Nicole Iaqunito, Lamont Higginbottom and CC Waite.

 The Tower Bells will ring at the conclusion of the service.

Casual attire is acceptable and all are welcome!





CRCDS Honors 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Rev. Anthony L. Trufant on April 23rd

rev2Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School will honor Rev. Anthony L. Trufant (CRCDS '87) at the Distinguished Alumni/ae Dinner on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.Rev. Trufant, passionate and popular pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Brooklyn, will be recognized for his Christ-centered activism, community outreach and worldwide ministry, core tenets of CRCDS.  Reverend Trufant's preaching, teaching and outreach ministries have stretched from New York City to New Orleans, to Haiti, South Africa and beyond.

Also being honored are four former Faculty members:

Dr. W Kenneth Cauthen, Professor  Emeritus of Theology

Dr. Paul Hammer, retired Professor of Biblical Interpretation

Dr. H. Darrell Lance, Professor Emeritus of Old Testament Interpretation

Dr. James A. Sanders, former Professor of Old Testament Interpretation

Join us as we celebrate these inspirational individuals at the Distinguished Alumni/ae Dinner on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.  The cost is $30 per person (25-year and 50-year class members and a guest may attend at no charge). 

Please call (585) 340-9643 or email for more information.









Spring Lecture Series and Reunion Days is Right Around the Corner!

If you haven't yet registered for the upcoming Spring Lecture Series, there's still time. Please take a moment to look over the four-day event details on our website at and consider dropping in for any or all of the timely and engaging presentations offered on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 through Friday, April 25, 2014.  Highlights of the week include:

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 –The Christian Faith and LGBT Experience Lecture: "Words Made Flesh: LGBT Experience and Preaching", Rev. Dr. Barbara Lundblad, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 — JC Wynn Lecture: "Non Violent Communication Training", Kit Miller/M.K. Gandhi Institute, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 — Poetry Reading: 'Pooring Out', Elaine Hawkins (CRCDS, '08), 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014Distinguished Alumni/ae Dinner, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 24, 2014Worship Service: The Rev. Mark Braverman, 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, April 24, 2014 — Stanley I. Stuber Lecture: "Confronting Structures of Domination, Truth and Peacemaking in the Palestinian Experience", presentation prepared by Ms. Jean Zaru with panel discussion following. Panelists include Rabbi Brian Walt (Ithaca Reform Temple), Dr. Laura Donaldson (Professor of English, Cornell University), and Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Jr., Pastor Emeritus, Trinity United Church of Christ, 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Thursday,  April 24, 2014 — African American Legacy Lecture: "African Centered Theology in an Age of Color Blindness: They Forgot Their Story", Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr., Aenon Baptist Church, 175 Genesee St. Rochester NY 14611, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, April 25, 2014 — Communion Service, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr., 9:30 a.m.

Lunches on campus may be purchased for only $10 (tax included) and books by each of the lecturers are available by calling the CRCDS bookstore at (585) 340-9602 or on online at:

Art Exhibit by Linda McMillion Clemow (CRCDS, '10) will be on display in Kraashaur Commons throughout the week.

All lectures are free, but please let us know you're coming!  You may call (585) 340-9643 or register online at

We sincerely look forward to enjoying an enriching week with you!


Reverend Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. is one of the most widely acclaimed black preachers in the United States. Combining social concern, spiritual growth, and political activism, Wright, who preaches in the tradition of the black church, brings a message of hope, redemption, and renewal.wright pic In 1972 he became pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, a small congregation in Chicago's inner city. After over 30 years in the pulpit, his congregation has grown to 10,000 and is the largest United Church of Christ congregation in the United States.

Dr. Wright combined his studies of African Traditional Religions, African music, African American music and the African American Religious Tradition with his studies of Judeo-Christian thought to create ministries which addresses the needs of the community and enriched the lives and faith of his congregants by moving ministry, as stated in his own words, “from theory to praxis.”

Dr. Wright said in a published article: “I have tried to bring those two different worlds together [the academy and the pew] in the context of pastoral ministry in an effort to move an ignored people from hurt to healing and from hate to hope. My mission at Trinity has been to bring those worlds together by using the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the life of Christ as a model for what is possible, of what might be, and of what our faith really is—‘the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.”

Dr. Wright’s efforts made Trinity – long considered, in theological circles, a model for the Black church – one of the most politically active and socially conscious churches in the nation. When he retired the church had over 50 active ministries with social justice advocacy at the core of its theological perspective.

Dr. Wright shares his life and his ministry with his wife, Rev. Ramah Reed Wright, and is the father of four daughters and one son.  He has three grandchildren.

Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Jr. will participate in the Stanley I. Stuber Lecture discussion following Ms. Jean Zaru's speech beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, 2014.

Dr. Wright presents the African American Legacy Lecture on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Aenon Baptist Church, 175 Genesee Street, Rochester NY 14611.

Books written by Dr. Wright that are available in the CRCDS bookstore:

The Book of Jeremiah: The Life and Ministry of Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. by Susan Williams Smith.  Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2013. $16.00

This book examines Wright as a man, African American, patriot, scholar, prophet and pastor. The relevance of his ministry extends far beyond his pastorate at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, reaching a global stage with a message of liberation and justice.

What Makes You So Strong? Sermons of Joy and Strength by Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. edited by Jini M. Kilgore. Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1993. $12.00

Preached as part of an annual series of services commemorating the life, work, and theology of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., these sermons, made wildly popular through radio broadcasts and personal appearances, have been raised to the status of "classic."  Editor Jini M. Kilgore has included study questions, adding a dimension of interaction to the powerful messages so many have enjoyed.

Good News! Sermons of Hope for Today's Families by Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.  Valley Forge: Judson Press,1995.  $10.00

Wright preaches hope and challenge to ALL family members:  married, single, parents, children, accepted and outcast.  Never one to shy away from controversy, Dr. Wright sheds new light on some of the most vulnerable and troublesome spots Christians find themselves in: family settings.  In his inimitable style, Dr. Wright uses candor, wit and unmistakable power to convey the message to everyone that "God has some good news for you."