Rev. Gary Kubitz (CRCDS '15) holds prayer vigil

Rev. Gary Kubitz (CRCDS '15), recently named pastor at the United Methodist Church in Voorheesville, NY, organized an interdenominational prayer vigil for peace and understanding. Rev. Kubitz wanted to bring people together to fight against injustice and to work together toward peace, while acknowledging diversity among groups.

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Similarities & Differences: Black Lives Matter & The Civil Rights Movement

CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle was interviewed recently by Hélène Biandudi Hofer, host and producer of WXXI's "Need To Know" (Rochester, NY) in conjunction with the third anniversary of the founding of the "Black Lives Matter" movement.

"Similarities & Differences: Black Lives Matter & The Civil Rights Movement" aired on Thursday, August 4, 2016 and incorporated many of the questions and challenges that Dr. McMickle addresses as an integral member of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle’s Unite Rochester board.

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Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes Jr. (CRDS '75) speaks at Interfaith Service at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA.

bio_forbesRev. Dr. James A. Forbes Jr. (CRDS '75), Senior Minister Emeritus of the Riverside  Church in New York City, led an interfaith service recently at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA. The gathering, titled "In Pursuit of Love and Kindness," was held to counteract what Forbes says are "problems of bigotry, climate change, greed and the 'demonic matter' of xenophobia."

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Rev. Forbes, the first African-American to serve as Senior Minister of the 2,500-member multicultural congregation at Riverside, is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches and the Original United Holy Church of America.

Dr. David Kim Assists in Planning International Conference Honoring the Centenary of Rev. Walter Rauschenbusch

KIM-PHOTO2Dr. David Yoon-Jung Kim, Arthur J. Gosnell Associate Professor of Christian Social Ethics at CRCDS, has been selected to participate on the planning committee for an international conference recognizing the centenary of Walter Rauschenbusch's death.

"The Legacy of Walter Rauschenbusch” will take place April 9-11, 2018, at Mercer University in Atlanta, GA. Rev. Rauschenbusch, a Baptist pastor and Christian theologian, graduated from Rochester Theolgical Seminary (now CRCDS) in 1886 and is commonly known as "The Father of the Social Gospel."

Conference partners include Mercer University’s Center for Theology and Public Life and McAfee School of Theology, Acadia Centre for Baptist and Anabaptist Studies (ACBAS) and the American Baptist Historical Society (ABHS).

Dr. William H. Brackney, a former Associate Professor in Church History at Colgate Rochester Divinity School and the Millard R. Cherry Distinguished Professor of Christian Theology and Ethics at Acadia Divinity College in Nova Scotia, visited CRCDS in June to conduct research related to the conference.



CRCDS M.Div. student Chuck Stewart ordained at St. James' Church in Syracuse, NY

CRCDS student Chuck Stewart was ordained to the deaconate at St. James' Church in Syracuse, New York on June 25, 2016. An Assistant Chaplain at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, Stewart leads youth groups at St. James and is currently participating in missionary work in El Salvador.

Chuck's CRCDS friends, faculty and fellow students attended the ordination. He expects to graduate with a Master of Divinity degree in May, 2017.