Our 2014 Spring Lecture Series will be held April 22-25, 2014. The lecture series includes an exciting lineup of speakers, guaranteed to spark interesting dialogue and thought-provoking conversation. Highlights of the week include:
- Tuesday, April 22nd: The Christian Faith and LGBT Experience Lecture by Dr. Barbara Lundblad
- Wednesday, April 23rd: Nonviolent Communication Training (JC Wynn Lecture) in collaboration with the MK Gandhi Center for Nonviolence
- Thursday, April 24th: African American Legacy Lecture by Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Jr.
- Thursday, April 24th and Friday, April 25th: The Stanley I. Stuber Lecture with keynote speaker Jean Zaru
- (Guest panelists: Rabbi Brian Walt, Dr. Laura Donaldson and Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Jr.)
We feature a particular speaker’s accomplishments in each e-blast leading up to Spring Lecture Week.
We are fortunate in the Rochester area to be able to select from a wide variety of events and activities recognizing Black History Month. This is a small sample of events taking place in the area in February:
Please feel free to email us with your own suggestions and/or recommendations.
Scott Barton, a ’76 CRCDS graduate, recently shared his blog with us. Scott is a Presbyterian minister living in Amherst, MA who decided in semi-retirement to write a poem each week, illuminating a particular lectionary passage. Each entry is uniquely designed to help preachers and other lay people think about a text in a new way. Reverend Barton has served pastorates in New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont.
Please visit his blog at: http://lectionarypoems.blogspot.com
Dr. Jin Young Choi will be the Moderator at the 29th Annual Conference of the Pacific, Asian, and North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry next month. The Opening Plenary, titled “Politics of Solidarity: Women of Color in Ministry and Academy” will begin at 7:00 p.m. on March 20, 2014 at the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. For more information, contact Dr. W. Anne Joh at (847) 866-3974.
CRCDS celebrated the legacy of one of its most prominent graduates, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Crozer ’51) this past weekend at two events in Rochester, NY. On Saturday, January 18th, the CRCDS Black Student Caucus hosted the 30th annual MLK Songfest at Aenon Baptist Church where CRCDS Trustee and long-time friend Rev. Dr. James Cherry serves as pastor. The MLK Community Choir led a packed church in celebratory song, honoring the life of Dr. King. The evening culminated in the awarding of the first ever Rev. Raymond Graves Award for Community Service and Social Justice to CRCDS alumnus Rev. Lawrence Hargrave (CRCDS‘00), Pastor of Outreach Ministries at Asbury First United Methodist Church in Rochester. Rev. Graves (CRDS ’69) was a well-known and tireless advocate for social justice in the Rochester region. Rev. Hargrave’s ministry to the Rochester community continues the legacy of Rev. Graves’ work and the legacy of the many CRCDS graduates who continue to transform the lives of those they serve. The school is delighted to honor these two esteemed graduates in this important way. For a link to the article on this event from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, please click on the link below.
MLK Jr. Gospel Songfest encourages stronger community
On Monday, January 20th, the Rochester community gathered at the Eastman Theater’s Kodak Hall to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King. Two notable alumni of CRCDS were recognized for their work. The late Rev. Dr. Charles Thurman (CRDS ’72) received the Robert Cobbett Peace Award for his many contributions to bringing peace to the Rochester community. The award was presented to Dr. Thurman’s family and Dr. Thurman’s wife, Mattie Thurman, accepted the award on their behalf. Later in the celebration, CRCDS Chair of the Board of Trustees Stuart J. Mitchell III (CRDS ’70), President/CEO of Pathstone, was honored as an Everyday Hero for his life’s work in the areas of affordable housing, social justice and civil rights. The tribute to Rev. Mitchell included a video presentation highlighting his work and its role in advancing the values espoused by Dr. King. Please click on the following link for the article on this event that appears on WXXI.org.
Rochester Community Called to Service in Honor of Dr. King Jr.
Please join us in giving thanks for the lives and work of all our alumni/ae and especially for the work of Dr. King, Rev. Graves, Rev. Hargrave, Dr. Thurman and Rev. Mitchell.