Judson Press announces publication of Dr. McMickle's newest book, Pulpit & Politics: Separation of Church & State in the Black Church

pulpit and politicsCongratulations to Dr. Marvin McMickle on the publication of his latest book, Pulpit & Politics: Separation of Church & State in the Black Church. Dr. McMickle 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.

Official release date is October 1, 2014 and copies will be available in the CRCDS bookstore!  Call (585) 340-9601 for more information.

Details on an on-campus book signing event will be forthcoming.

Read more about Dr. McMickle's book here:


Tom Argust (CRDS '66) receives Joe U. Posner Award at Rochester Area Community Foundation luncheon

tomOn Wednesday, September 17th,  Rochester Area Community Foundation's prestigious Joe U. Posner Award was awarded to CRDS alumnus Tom Argust, whose public service career spanned 28 years. He was instrumental in the development of the Rochester's new zoning code, the Neighbors Building Neighborhoods program, the Neighborhood Empowerment Team effort, Rochester 2010: The Renaissance Plan and housing initiatives including the Home Expo program and the Anthony Square and Chevy Place developments.

Before beginning his service as community development commissioner in 1992, Argust led the parks and recreation department for six years. During that time, he oversaw the renewal of the urban forest after the 1991 ice storm destroyed many trees. Previously, he served as deputy director of the New York State Division for Youth and as executive director of the Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau.

Argust said his fondest memory will be working with citizens to improve the community. "I would really like to be remembered as a good, honest public servant who was able to be successful in helping citizens being citizens, to forward the cause of democracy at a local level, and to help in the empowerment and in the engagement of residents with their government," Argust said.

The Association of Theological Schools Scheduled to Visit CRCDS

The Association of Theological Schools will visit the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School campus next week, in preparation for continuing accreditation of the school. ATS functions as a peer enhancement and accountability organization for the 250 schools in its membership, and it is recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

ATS accreditation was designed to promote the improvement and enhancement of theological schools to the benefit of communities of faith and the broader public through periodic reviews of each school in its membership, numerous initiatives and projects, publications and other resources.

The Association for Theological Schools addresses such areas as curricula, faculty, spiritual formation practices, evaluation criteria, library resources, long range planning, governance, and financial soundness.


PU6F0065-2-XLNew! Lectionary for Life is an offering of the Gene Bennett Life Long Learning Program at CRCDS. Each month Barbara Moore, RSM, D.Min will present a series of reflections on Sunday lectionary readings that include topics for further discussions helpful for lay and religious listeners.  She will also share a sermon that reflects on a particular Sunday's readings.

Click on the links below to see and hear Dr. Moore's lectionaries and sermons. Here are YouTube videos from September 2014:

September Lectionary
September Sermon

Grief Must be Colorblind: a poignant Unite Rochester post by Dr. McMickle

Dr. McMickle's most recent Unite Rochester blog post, in which he discusses the tragic death of Rochester police officer Daryl Pierson and the shooting of Ferguson, Missouri's citizen Michael Brown, and the commonality of grief: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/local/blogs/unite/2014/09/05/grief-must-be-color-blind/15129393/