WHEC-TV 10 Interviews Dr. Mark Brummitt on Creationism

On Tuesday, October 29th, WHEC-TV News10 interviewed CRCDS Associate Professor of Old Testament Studies Dr. Mark Brummitt regarding the Big Bang theory and Pope Francis' remark that "evolution is not inconsistent with the notion of creation."

Speaking at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Pope made comments which experts said put an end to the “pseudo theories” of creationism and intelligent design.   Dr. Brummitt commented on the Pope's statement.

Watch the video clip here: http://www.whec.com/news/stories/S3603655.shtml?cat=565

If you are interested in discussing thought-provoking issues like these, you won't want to miss Dr. Brummitt's "Stories of Creation: Adam, Eve and Frankenstein (RE CS 262) beginning in January.  It's easy to audit a class!  Click here for information:


If you'd like more information about our programs, please contact the Admissions Office at (585) 340-9500 or email admissions@crcds.edu


What Are You Waiting For?

Have you ever thought about taking a class at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, but didn't know where to start?

Start by auditing a class. It's easy to apply, courses are designed to fit your busy schedule, and are taught by world-class teachers and preachers, including CRCDS President Marvin A. McMickle.

A new lineup of classes available for audit begins in January! Check these out:

Stories of Creation: Adam, Eve and Frankenstein (Re CS 262)
January 21-23 and 26-27, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM each day
Explore ancient stories of creation with engaging CRCDS Biblical scholar, Dr.
Mark Brummitt. Understand the importance of biblical creation stories for
us today while examining creation themes from a range of literary sources,
including Milton’s Paradise Lost and Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Introduction to Preaching (R PT 218)
Wednesdays, 6:15 – 9 PM (February 4-May 6)
CRCDS President Marvin A. McMickle, renowned author and preacher,
offers a unique opportunity for everyone interested in preaching and public
speaking, from beginners to seasoned church veterans. Don’t miss this
opportunity to improve your effectiveness in communicating the Word!

Why Can’t We Just Get Along?: The Reformation & Modern Church History
(R CF 129)
Tuesdays, 1:15 – 4 PM (February 3-May 5)
Why does Christianity have so many different denominations? This course
helps answer that question and more through an exploration of the key
historical events, movements and figures that shaped the Church into what
we know today. An ideal course for all of us concerned about the future
of the Church.

Living Religions: The Many Faces of Faith (e MS 121)
Tuesdays, 6:15 – 9 PM (February 3-May 5)
Join us on a journey into the world of faith as we explore a variety of
religions through visits to diverse houses of worship, including Buddhist,
Hindu, Sikh, Muslim, Jewish and Baha’i. A perfect experience for those
seeking a deeper understanding of our world and community.

Conflict Transformation (e PT 480)
Wednesdays, 1:15 – 4 PM (February 4-May 6)
Most of us try to avoid conflict, but that doesn’t make it go away. Learn the
crucial skills and effective approaches to successfully manage, resolve, and
transform conflict. Ideal for pastors, human services professionals and all
those seeking positive ways to deal with conflict.

Apply by December 1 and the registration fee will be waived.

For more information, or to register for a class, contact the Admissions Office at (585) 340-9500 or email: admissions@crcds.edu for more information.


Dr. Barbara A. Moore, RSM announces publication of new book, available in CRCDS bookstore

barbara moore bookDr. Barbara A. Moore, RSM, Associate Faculty Member in Preaching and Practical Theology at CRCDS, has announced the publication of her book, "Preaching the Advent Season . . . a journey through the Scripture texts." The book is designed to take the reader through each week of Advent using relevant Gospel verses and sermons chosen over a forty-year period. Dr. Moore explains, "These sermons and the words around them are the efforts of a 'working theologian' on a journey."  Her book, she says, is the result of three questions that served as the context for the sermons themselves: 1) What events have brought me to this point? 2) What is there about the ministry of preaching that has transformed my life? and 3) Why, after forty years, does the Advent season still capture my heart?

Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, invited to write the book's forward, says, "Listen to these Advent sermons from this seasoned preacher, and allow both her burdens and her joys to fill your heart in the process as she faithfully divides the word of God (2 Timothy 2:15).

The book is available at the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School Bookstore. The cost is $15. Please contact the bookstore directly at (585) 340-9602 for questions.

Dr. Moore is a member of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.  Her ministries have been in education, health care, preaching and criminal justice. Currently she is an Associate Faculty member in Preaching and Practical Theology at CRCDS and is Director of its program, The Study of Women and Gender in Church and Society.





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: http://tinyurl.com/loyud9O

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: http://www.foxrochester.com/news/features/good-day-rochester/stories/activists-advocates-gather-lecture-series-1260.shtml#.VDwXJRZeLmh

As always, we welcome your comments and feedback!