CRCDS APPOINTS THREE NEW TRUSTEES

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School announces the appointment of three new Board members for the 2014-2015 term: Rev. Dr. Michael J. Ford (CRCDS '12), Dr. Thomas G. Poole (CRCDS '77) and Rev. Cheryl L. Price, Ph.D. (CRCDS '85).

All three appointees bring significant, diverse and valuable skills to Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School's Governing Board of Trustees and will serve to strengthen the school's mission moving forward.

For a complete listing of CRCDS Governing and Life Trustees, please see:

http://www.crcds.edu/board-of-trustees/

REV. PAUL RAUSHENBUSH, HUFFINGTON POST'S EXECUTIVE RELIGION EDITOR, DELIVERS CRCDS COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS MAY 16TH

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School is proud to announce its Baccalaureate and Commencement Exercises on Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16, 2015. Rev. Paul Raushenbush will deliver the Commencement address on Saturday, May 16th at the Third Presbyterian Church, 4 Meigs St., Rochester, NY at 10:00 a.m.

For a complete listing and schedule of events, please see: http://www.crcds.edu/2015-baccalaureate-and-commencement/

Rev. Paul RaushenbushFrom 2003-2011, Rev. Paul Raushenbush was the Associate Dean of Religious Life and the Chapel at Princeton University. He was the President of the Association Of College and University Religious Affairs (ACURA) from 2009-20011. An ordained American Baptist minister, Rev. Raushenbush speaks and preaches at colleges, churches and institutes around the country including The Chautauqua Institute, the Center for American Progress, the New America Foundation and the Aspen Institute.

Rev. Raushenbush is regularly invited to offer commentary on issues of religion and society on national television and radio. His current focus is on the interplay between religion and the internet. His first book, Teen Spirit: One World, Many Faiths (HCI) was released in the Fall of 2004. He is the editor of the 100th Anniversary edition of Walter Rauschenbusch's book, Christianity and the Social Crisis – In the 21st Century (HarperOne). He was the Co-Director of the Program on Religion, Diplomacy and International Relations at The Liechtenstein Institute on Self Determination at Princeton University.

Rev. Raushenbush is the great-grandson of Christian theologian and Baptist pastor Walter Rauschenbusch (1886 graduate of RochesterTheolgical Seminary, now CRCDS), and former Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court Louis Brandeis (1856-1941).

CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. JIN YOUNG CHOI ON RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Dr. Jin Young Choi, CRCDS Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, recently completed a Postdoctoral fellowship program seminar in Theological Education at the Louisville Institute/Louisville Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.The three-day seminar, held on Feb. 22-25, 2015, focused on Public Theologians.

Dr. Choi has had a prolific year and, in addition to teaching, published several essays and articles. Her book, "Embodying Mystery: Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark," is scheduled for publication by Palgrave Macmillan, NY, later this year.

For a complete listing of Dr. Choi's curriculum vitae, please click here: http://www.crcds.edu/faculty-2/jin-young-choi/

DR. MARVIN A. MCMICKLE'S Reflections on Fraternity Life in America and the incident in Oklahoma

Following is an essay by Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, President of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, published on March 11th in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle's Unite Rochester blog.

I am a proud Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity which is one of the four major African American college fraternities in this country. The others are Alpha Phi Alpha, Omega Psi Phi, and Phi Beta Sigma. There are also four major black sororities; Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta (my wife’s sorority), Sigma Gamma Rho, and Zeta Phi Beta. All of these organizations of African American college educated men and women were formed between 1906 and 1925. Those were the years that the historian Rayford Logan referred to as “the nadir” or the darkest and most dangerous years to be Black in America. Those were the years when lynch-mob justice against black men and women was a common occurrence. The singer Billie Holiday referred to lynchings in her famous song Strange Fruit where she talked about black bodies hanging from trees. The link between black Greek letter organizations and the cruelty of lynch mob justice came rushing to my mind when I heard the chant being invoked by members of a white fraternity at the University of Oklahoma. They seemed to rejoice over the fact that there would never be a n…….in their fraternity. They went on to sing, “You can hang them from a tree, but they’ll never sign with me. There will never be a n………in SAE.” In point of fact, the primary reason for the existence of my fraternity that was founded in 1911 on the campus of the University of Indiana is that some whites on that campus had the same sentiment if not the same song. African Americans were not allowed to pledge or join any of the white fraternities or sororities on that campus. Alpha Phi Alpha was the first black fraternity to be founded in 1906 on the campus of Cornell University where the very same policy prevailed; whites only! The recent events at the University of Oklahoma are a reminder of how systemic and far reaching racism, segregation, and discrimination have been in this country. It has not been a story that was .limited to sharecroppers, domestic workers, and Pullman porters. The story reached to kill off the American Dream that lived within those men and women even if it was never to be true for them and for their generation. Surely, they thought, if they could work hard enough to get their children accepted to a first-rate college or university the cycle of racism could be broken. Then their children arrive on the campuses of America’s premier places of higher education only to find the “Whites Only” signs hanging on the doors and in the hearts of so many of their classmates, teachers, and administrators. Members of black fraternities and sororities exist today because of the policies that stand behind that chant from Oklahoma. We decided that since there would never be a n…….in their fraternities, we would form our own. We are proud members of our Greek letter organizations. Our friendships and networks last throughout our lives. We seek each other out when our jobs move us from one town to another. I will always boast and brag about Kappa Alpha Psi, and I will always celebrate the unique contributions that members of black Greek letter organizations have made to this country. To list the men and women who have belonged to these fraternities and sororities would be to list a Who’s Who of many of the leading figures in African American history.

To view or comment on this essay online, please click here:
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/unite/2015/03/12/some-reflections-on-fraternity-life-in-america/70209956/

CRCDS CONGRATULATES TRUSTEE AND FORMER ROCHESTER MAYOR WILLIAM A. JOHNSON, JR., HONORED TODAY AT URBAN LEAGUE'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY LUNCHEON

CRCDS Trustee William A. Johnson, Jr., was honored today at the Urban League of Rochester's 50th anniversary luncheon at the Radisson Hotel.

Mr. Johnson played a key part in development of the Urban League when he became head of the organization in December, 1972.  For 21 years, he grew the organization known for enabling African Americans, Latinos, the poor and disadvantaged to secure economic self-reliance, equality and civil rights.

Johnson completed three terms as Rochester, NY's 64th Mayor on December 31, 2005 and was the first African American Mayor of any major city in upstate New York.  He was first elected in 1993.