New Course for Fall 2014: Theology of Mission

Theology of Mission: Fruitful Connections & Multiple Claims: Dr. Kirk Baker

Monday Nights 6:15-9:00 PM

August 25-December 8, 2014

This course is for those interested in taking part in Christian Mission or including local or global mission as a part of their church ministry. We will briefly survey new appropriations of theology from multiple contexts, both locally and globally.These multiple contexts raise questions of identity, as U.S. Citizens, as persons with specific social locations, and as Christians. Each student will be given an opportunity to appropriate aspects of various approaches to mission theology, in ways that improve mission programs and practices, given the inherent tension between personal beliefs (which are usually informed by specific church traditions) and the desire to respect different cultures and contexts.  Implications for ministry, missionaries, and missions programs will be a part of every discussion and assignment.

 This course may be taken as a non degree student or as an auditor.

 Cost:  $1760 for credit           $300 to audit ($150 for clergy/alumni)

Apply online today at this link.

For more information or to request an application packet, please contact the CRCDS Admissions Office at 585-340-9500 or


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 

May 2015: CRCDS Pilgrimage to Iona Community In Scotland

ScotlandJoin pilgrims from all over the world for a week of living in community in a restored 12th Century Abbey. This 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.

Interested parties should contact Stephanie Sauvé at

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

February 19, 2014 thru December 4, 2014: The Lectionary at Lunch: Preaching With Preachers

Would you like feedback on what went well in the pulpit last Sunday? Are you open to ways in which you can enhance your own ministry of preaching? Please stop in for "The Lectionary at Lunch: Preaching With Preachers" series which runs weekly from Wednesday, February 19, 2014 through December 4, 2014 in Stewart Lounge, Colgate Rochester Divinity School.

Preachers, community members and students meet each week from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. to share in reflection and discussion of Common Lectionary readings. Regarding preaching as a communal vocation undertaken in partnership, attendees deepen their appreciation for the variety of contexts in which the Word is proclaimed.

Dr. Barbara A. Moore, D.Min., RSM and Director of Women and Gender Studies in Church and Society at CRCDS facilitates these sessions, which are free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring their own food and drink for lunch. 

Note: No gathering on March 12, 2014 or April 23, 2014.MOORE

For more information, please call Dr. Moore at (585) 340-5593