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:


PU6F0065-2-XLDr. Barbara Moore's October sermon and lectionary have now been uploaded to the CRCDS website and are available to view.

Lectionary for Life is an offering of the Gene Bennett Life Long Learning Program at CRCDS. Each month Barbara Moore, RSM, D.Min presents a series of reflections on Sunday lectionary readings that include topics for further discussions helpful for lay and religious listeners.  She also shares 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 and October 2014:


September Lectionary
September Sermon

October Lectionary Introduction

October Lectionary Homily

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: