CRCDS TRUSTEE REV. DR. MICHAEL A. FORD CELEBRATES DIVERSITY AT LAKE AVE. BAPTIST CHURCH

Rev. Michael A. Ford, (CRCDS '12), Senior Pastor of Lake Avenue Baptist Church in northwest Rochester, NY, feels extremely fortunate to lead his diverse and inspirational 500-member congregation. A place of transition for many years, Rev. Ford says that for Lake Avenue Baptist Church, change is the norm. Many congregants of Burmese descent now call the church home. Within that group, many have different dialects, customs and languages, making Sunday services a sort of smorgasbord of personalities, customs and traditions. One thing remains constant, however: the church has a long-standing reputation for being welcoming, and the people who attend exemplify faith and endurance in spite of significant hardships and struggle.

To read about Rev. Ford's congregation and the special people for whom it is home, please see:

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2015/04/04/burmese-refugees-renew-lake-ave-baptist-church/70859736/

DR. MARVIN A. MCMICKLE'S REACTION TO INDIANA'S RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTORATION ACT

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle recently shared his views with Rochester, NY's Public Broadcasting media outlet WXXI on Indiana's controversial law that will allow the opportunity for discrimination and bias in workplaces, churches, and other services around that state.

Please read his statement here:

http://wxxinews.org/post/local-reaction-indianas-religious-freedom-restoration-act

DEVOTED CRCDS FRIEND, JEAN BARTLETT, PASSES AWAY

Ms. Jean Bartlett, devoted friend of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and wife of former CRCDS president Rev. Gene E. Bartlett, passed away suddenly on Friday, March 27th at the age of 97.

Jean was a presence at CRCDS for over 50 years, first arriving on the Hill with her late husband in 1960. In addition to the invaluable contributions she made to the CRCDS community and its students during her husband’s tenure, Jean was a faithful presence at all CRCDS gatherings, so much so that no gathering was complete unless Jean was there. Her life, grace and spirit are intertwined with the school and its long legacy and we continue to thank God for the gift of her life and friendship.

A memorial service for Jean will be held on April 18th at 10:00 a.m. at Lake Avenue Baptist Church, Rochester, New York.

Gifts in Jean’s memory may be made to the Bartlett Scholarship Fund at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School or the Refugee Outreach Program at Lake Avenue Baptist Church. To donate to the Bartlett Scholarship Fund, click here or contact Lisa Bors at 585-340-9647 or lbors@crcds.edu. To donate to the Refugee Outreach Program, contact the Outreach Coordinator at 585-458-5765, ext. 304.

Please join us in our prayers for the Bartlett family and in our prayers of thanksgiving for the life of Jean Bartlett.

CRCDS APPOINTS THREE NEW TRUSTEES

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School announces the appointment of three new Board members for the 2014-2015 term: Rev. Dr. Michael J. Ford (CRCDS '12), Dr. Thomas G. Poole (CRCDS '77) and Rev. Cheryl L. Price, Ph.D. (CRCDS '85).

All three appointees bring significant, diverse and valuable skills to Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School's Governing Board of Trustees and will serve to strengthen the school's mission moving forward.

For a complete listing of CRCDS Governing and Life Trustees, please see:

http://www.crcds.edu/board-of-trustees/

CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. JIN YOUNG CHOI ON RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Dr. Jin Young Choi, CRCDS Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, recently completed a Postdoctoral fellowship program seminar in Theological Education at the Louisville Institute/Louisville Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.The three-day seminar, held on Feb. 22-25, 2015, focused on Public Theologians.

Dr. Choi has had a prolific year and, in addition to teaching, published several essays and articles. Her book, "Embodying Mystery: Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark," is scheduled for publication by Palgrave Macmillan, NY, later this year.

For a complete listing of Dr. Choi's curriculum vitae, please click here: http://www.crcds.edu/faculty-2/jin-young-choi/