Dr. McMickle's newest blog post in the Democrat and Chronicle's Unite Rochester series:
The phrase, where do we go from here? was the title of the last book written by Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1967. I lift up that question now, with the spirit of that Nobel Peace Prize winner in mind, as we look at the events that have unfolded in the last few weeks between Israelis and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. A cease fire has been called. Peace negotiations are, as of this writing, underway in Egypt. The whole world can now ask the question: where do we go from here? Will Hamas stop firing rockets into Israeli cities? Will the Israelis remove all of the check points along the border with Gaza that many Palestinians find so offensive? Will Hamas stop storing and firing rockets within populated areas that turn people into human shields? Will Israelis end the building of settlements in some areas that have long been home to Palestinians? Where do we go from here? Is a two-state solution really possible in the present climate of fear and distrust? Whatever the future holds for that troubled part of the world, the most important thing people can do is not forget the 100 year history of Jewish/Palestinian and Jewish/Arab relations. Both sides have made historic claims for their right to occupy that land. The call for a Jewish homeland did not begin with the horrors of the Holocaust, but that was certainly an event that greatly sped up Jewish immigration to Israel; especially since so many Western nations including the United States, placed sharp limits in how many Jews could immigrate into their countries. On the other hand, who can doubt that Palestinians would see steadily increasing Jewish immigration into Palestine as anything less than an occupation of their country? Every rocket fired from Gaza and every air strike launched by Israel is not just the realities of a war being fought in 2014. They are reminders that two groups of people, forced upon one another by historical circumstances, are fighting a war to preserve what they each perceive to be "their home." Which side is completely right? Which side is completely wrong? Where do we go from here?
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Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School is delighted to announce the 2013-14 Fund for CRCDS exceeded its goal of $348,000, raising a total of $368,375 for CRCDS! The fund surpassed last year's annual fund by over $35k, a 10.5% increase! This is the largest amount the school has raised since the 2006-07 fiscal year and is the third year in a row the fund has exceeded its goal.
In a show of unwavering support for CRCDS and its mission, 100% of the governing Trustees, staff and faculty contributed to the Fund for CRCDS, making this the third year in a row this mark was achieved.
The alumni and alumnae enthusiastically responded to the school's recent participation initiative, raising the alumni/ae participation rate for the annual fund from 16% in 2012-13 to 21% in 2013-14! We are grateful for this level of commitment and are looking forward to building on this success in the coming year.
CRCDS is also pleased to report the school raised a total of $1,615,000 in philanthropic gifts during 2013-14. This amount represents all financial gifts received by the school during the fiscal year including unrestricted gifts to the annual fund and restricted scholarship, endowment and estate gifts. We are looking forward to sharing this success with our accrediting body, the Association for Theological Schools, during their fall accreditation visit. Thank you for helping us present them with such positive news about the support for CRCDS!
Our sincere thanks to all of you who made the 2013-14 Fund for CRCDS and the entire 2013-14 fiscal year a great success. Your generosity and prayerful support makes the CRCDS mission of preparing pastoral, prophetic and learned leaders possible. On behalf of all our students and all of us who work diligently to ensure the success of the CRCDS mission, thank you. Please know how grateful we are for each and every one of you and for all the ways you help promote and sustain CRCDS and its vital mission.
CRCDS Trustee Emerson U. Fullwood was recently honored by the Countywide CDC Committee on the Humanities and the Arts in Wilmington, North Carolina for his work in promoting civil rights.
Fullwood, a retired Xerox executive, was one of the first African-American students to integrate North Carolina State University in Raleigh. His successful corporate career helped pave the way for many African-Americans who followed him.
An article on Mr. Fullwood's award appeared in the July 11th edition of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. A link to the article is below.
Please join all of us in the Colgate Rochester Crozer community as we extend our congratulations and appreciation to Mr. Fullwood for his dedication to civil rights and his continued service to the school.
CRCDS: Faith. Critically engaged, the bi-annual Bulletin of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, is now available online.
Articles include highlights from the Spring Lecture Series, including Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright Jr.'s lecture, a BMTS profile and a piece describing the generous $1M gift to CRCDS.
Click the link below to read the Bulletin online. http://issuu.com/crcds/docs/2030crcdsspringsummerbulletin2014fo
To receive a printed copy of the Bulletin, or to share your comments, please email email@example.com.
As many of you know, Dr. McMickle traveled to Virginia Beach in early June with his wife, Peggy. During his trip, Dr. McMickle experienced health issues related to a respiratory infection and spent a little over two weeks in the hospital while recovering. Dr. McMickle received excellent medical care and has since returned home to Montgomery House feeling very much improved and thankful for the return of his health.
Dr. McMickle and Mrs. McMickle sincerely thank everyone for their support, messages of encouragement, jokes and especially the heartfelt prayers extended to them both during his hospitalization. They are glad to be home in Rochester and look forward to spending a low-key Fourth of July followed by a few weeks of rest and recovery.
True to form, however, Dr. McMickle is back to doing one of the things he loves best: writing. As a regular contributor to the Democrat and Chronicle's Unite Rochester blog, he authored a post almost immediately upon his return to Rochester. You can view the post here: http://www.blogs.democratandchronicle.com/unite/2014/06/30/uniting-humanity-is-a-constant-challenge/
Dr. McMickle was also interviewed by WXXI radio for today's broadcast regarding the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. We will post that link to our website as soon as it becomes available.