Pastor William Ellis (CRCDS '14) passes away

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The CRCDS community is greatly saddened to learn of the sudden death of beloved alumnus William Ellis (CRCDS '14) on May 8, 2015 in Cohocton, NY.

Pastor Ellis was an exemplary human being and was dedicated to his church, his family and those to whom he ministered. In 2012, he started the New Day Ministry Church in Elmira, NY, mentoring hundreds of poor, discouraged and marginalized persons who were welcome “regardless of spiritual, emotional or physical condition.” Pastor Ellis was especially proud of the church's “People’s Passion” soup kitchen which feeds up to 100 people weekly, and the “Men in the Lives of Kids (M.I.L.K.) program, that allows incarcerated fathers to re-engage with their children.

Pastor Ellis will be remembered for his smile, his infectious laugh, his genuine love of God and his open and accepting heart.

The service for Pastor Ellis was held at New Day Ministry Church, 900 W. Water St., Elmira, NY 14905 on Friday, May 15, 2015. To view his obituary, please click here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/star-gazette/obituary.aspx?pid=174845023

Dr. Marvin A. McMickle's essay, "Riots Leave Lasting Scars on a Community" published in Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle

Once again, our nation is faced with dissent and rioting in the streets in response to clashes between its citizens and law enforcement. The rioting that ensued recently in Baltimore prompted Dr. McMickle to point out the detrimental and significant effects that arise out of a temporary reaction to injustice.

You may read and respond to Dr. McMickle's article, published in the April 29, 2015 Democrat and Chronicle, here:

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/opinion/guest-column/2015/04/28/riots-leave-lasting-scars-community/26531081/

DR. MARVIN A. MCMICKLE'S ADVICE TO STUDENTS: "DON'T TAKE 'NO' FOR AN ANSWER"

Dr. Marvin A. McMickle shared a personal story recently in the Rochester, NY's Democrat and Chronicle Unite Rochester blog. He relates his high school guidance counselor's rather inaccurate advice and urges all students to "overcome someone else's low expectations."

To read or comment on the essay, click here: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/local/blogs/unite/2015/03/27/dont-take-no-for-an-answer/70576362/

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