Register Today! Deadline for October, 2015 Israel-Palestine Trip has been extended until February 27, 2015

If you've been thinking about joining the enthusiastic group of folks heading to Israel-Palestine October 1-14, 2015, but haven't yet registered, there's good news!

The deadline for registrations has been extended until Friday, February 27, 2015.

This event, back by popular demand, visits Jewish, Christian and Muslim holy sites and allows attendees to meet and mingle with people of different faiths who inhabit this incredibly fragile, complex and beautiful land. Holy Land Pics 5-9-08 035

Throughout the fourteen days, there will be occasions for prayer, worship, Bible study, as well as lectures on ancient and contemporary theological and ethical topics. This trip has been organized by Dr. Melanie Duguid May and Dr. Mark Brummitt.

Estimated cost, all-inclusive: $5,500.00.
Extension opportunity to travel to Petra, Jordan; extra cost of $550.

APPLICATIONS with non-refundable deposit of $750 due February 27, 2015.
Click here to download the application.

CRCDS Community is Saddened to Announce the passing of Life Trustee Raymond N. Bligh, Sr., (CTS '56)

The CRCDS community is saddened to announce the recent passing of Raymond N. Bligh, Sr., Life Trustee and 1956 Crozer graduate on January 31, 2015. His memorial service will be held on April 25, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Wellesley, MA. To view his obituary, click here:
Memorial gifts are appreciated and can be made to the Raymond N. and Barbara J. Bligh Scholarship Fund at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, 1100 South Goodman St., Rochester, NY 14620.

Ray was dedicated to Crozer and dedicated to keeping the legacy of Crozer vibrant and alive after the merger with Colgate Rochester in 1970.
Condolences may be sent to his daughter, Pamela Varriale, at 15 Kelley St., Medway, MA, 02053 or by phoning 508-259-2861.


"So Much for Being a Color-Blind Society" by Dr. Marvin A. McMickle

Dr. McMickle recently shared his thoughts with the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle's readers through his "Unite Rochester" blog published on January 27, 2015. The text of his essay appears here:

I just finished reading the editorial by Charles Blow in the New York Times about his son, a third-year student at Yale University who was stopped on campus at gun point and held by campus police because he matched the description of someone wanted for burglary. I was just reflecting on how sad it is that in so many places in the United States black people, and especially black males are immediately viewed with suspicion and treated with excessive force by law enforcement officers. Some years ago my own son was a student at the University of Buffalo (SUNY) and a scholarship player on their Division 1A football team when he was pulled over and blocked in by three police cars for driving a vehicle that someone had decided was suspicious. When asked whose car it was he respectfully told them that it belonged to his father. He kept his hands on the steering wheel as his mother and I had long ago instructed him to do if he ever found himself in such a position. They ran a computer trace of the car and inspected the registration, and they found everything in order. Without so much as an apology or a word of regret for what had just happened, the police officers got in their cars and drove away leaving an understandably shaken college student behind. I wonder how many students at SUNY Buffalo were driving around western New York in cars that belonged to their parents? I wonder how many of them were pulled over because they “looked suspicious?” I wonder how many of them had to look out the window of the driver’s door and see three police cars and six police officers surrounding that car? I wonder if whites in America will ever understand the sentiments of Bert Williams, the black comedian of the early 20th century who once said “there is no shame in being black, but it can be so inconvenient.” Of course, in light of Ferguson, and Staten Island, and Cleveland inconvenience is hardly the biggest risk. What we learn from events involving Michael Brown to events involving the son of Charles Blow is how often black males are confronted by police officers who already have their guns drawn before the questioning ever begins. With every passing day this nation seems to be moving away from some of its core values: “all people are created equal, innocent until proven guilty, and safeguards against unreasonable search and seizure.” I love to sing “My country Tis of thee,sweet land of liberty of thee I sing.” However, I do get stuck on the line that says “Land where my fathers died…” Some of my black fathers died in every war this nation has ever fought in pursuit of freedoms that they were often unable to enjoy when they returned to civilian life. Now with the recent events across the country from Ferguson, MO to Yale University the dream of a color-blind society is once more being deferred. I long for the day when all Americans can sing together “From every mountainside let freedom ring.”

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Dr. Gail Ricciutti on Sabbatical

RICCIUTI-150x150Dr. Gail Ricciutti, Associate Professor of Homiletics, will be on sabbatical during the Spring 2015 term. While away, she will be working on her book that looks at what preachers stand to learn about the creative/interpretive process from visual artists. Dr. Ricciutti has also been invited to write three articles for the forthcoming Common English Bible (CEB) Women’s Bible, to be published in 2016. On March 8th, she will be speaking to the Adult Forum of the Downtown United Presbyterian Church in Rochester NY on the topic "Co-Creators with God."

CRCDS in the Media: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrations in the News

Many members of the CRCDS community participated in gatherings, prayer services, lectures and celebrations in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Day of Observance on Monday, January 19th.

Several of our faculty, alumni/ae and students were captured in news coverage, print articles and online.  Please click on the following links to view some of these stories:

CRCDS participates in the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration at the Eastman Theater in Rochester, New York: 

CRCDS Faculty member Dr. James Evans speaks in Providence, Rhode Island:

CRCDS M.Div. student Robert Hoggard is invited to speak in Middletown, CT