ATS Autumn 2014 visit to CRCDS a success

The visitation team from the Association for Theological Schools (ATS) visited Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School from September 28 through October 1 as part of the school's regular accreditation process. The visitation team met with a wide range of CRCDS constituents including staff, faculty, students, alumni/ae, trustees and supervised ministry leaders, engaging them in discussions about the school, its operations and its ability to successfully realize its mission. The school is pleased to report that the visit was very positive with the ATS team commending the school on its preparation for the visit as well as its overall operations.

In a message to staff and faculty at the conclusion of the ATS visit, President McMickle stated, "Our accreditation visit is now complete. While we will not receive any official announcement from the Association of Theological Schools until their Board of Commissioners meet in February 2015, we have every reason to anticipate a very favorable report. The visiting team was first-class, and everyone here at CRCDS seems assured that we provided them with everything they will need to extend our accreditation for years to come. Hallelujah!"

The site visit is the culmination of a multi-year self-study by CRCDS that provides the school the opportunity to reflect on its educational mission and how it realizes its ongoing commitment to ATS accreditation standards. The school will receive the official accreditation report by March, 2015 after the conclusion of the ATS Board of Governors meeting.

Media from 2014 Fall Lecture Series available online

Thank you to everyone who participated in the wonderfully successful Fall Lectures, Reflection and Worship events held at CRCDS and other local venues from October 6-9. Our technology crew provided real-time viewing of most events via live streaming through our YouTube channel.

If you missed any of the lectures or worship events and would like to watch them in their entirety, please visit our YouTube Media Channel:

Two participants for the Helen Barrett Montgomery Lecture panel discussion "The Exploitation of Women" were interviewed on FOX News Channel's Good Day Rochester on Thursday, October 9th. Jaime Saunders, CEO of Alternatives for Battered Women and Jim Sheppard, retired Rochester City Police Chief (now Program Coordinator for  New Beginnings School at the Center for Youth) shared their perspectives on the challenges facing women in our society.  That interview may be seen here:

As always, we welcome your comments and feedback!



CRCDS in the News

CRCDS John Price Crozer Professor of Theology Melanie Duguid-May recently co-authored a guest essay for the Democrat and Chronicle entitled, "Groups Join in Solidarity on Gaza Issue." The piece can be viewed here:

Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, Professor of Church Leadership and Director of the Program of Black Church Studies, published a Unite Rochester blog essay on October 2nd. "One Nation Under God?" can be read here:

We invite you, as always, to share your thoughts, comments and opinions with us.


Dr. James A. Sanders publishes new book

the monotheizing process james sandersDr. James A. Sanders, Professor of Old Testament Studies at Colgate Rochester Divinity School from 1954-1965, has authored a new book, "The Monotheizing Process: Its Origins and Development" (Cascade Books, 2014).

Dr. Sanders, an internationally recognized expert on the Hebrew bible and editor of the Dead Sea Scrolls, is Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at the Claremont School of Theology and President Emeritus of the Ancient Biblical Manuscript Center.  His illustrious and prestigious career included lecturing, teaching and preaching at colleges, seminaries, churches and pastor's schools (Protestant, Catholic and Jewish) around the country. His essay, "The Betrayal of Evangelicalism" was featured in Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School's Summer 2012 issue of the Bulletin.

Dr. Sanders has written over 300 scholarly articles and is the author/co-author of 29 books.




Did you get your copy of Dr. McMickle's newest book?

pulpit and politicsOn Tuesday, October 7th, Dr. McMickle hosted a special "Soup and Signing" event celebrating the release of his newest book, "Pulpit & Politics: Separation of Church & State in the Black Church." If you were not able to attend the signing, the CRCDS bookstore has additional copies on hand and Dr. McMickle would be happy to autograph yours. Dr. McMickle's book explores a new generation of black preacher-politicians who move beyond spiritual leadership into advocacy and social justice. This important work highlights past and present examples of African American leaders in ministry and politics, from Hiram Revels to Martin Luther King, Jr. to Al Sharpton.

A must-read for anyone concerned with faith-based political activism, Pulpit & Politics is based on Dr. McMickle's lifelong dedication to serving the community and bringing to light the challenges facing black preachers.

Read more about Dr. McMickle's book here: