Celebrating a Legacy

hargrave.webCRCDS celebrated the legacy of one of its most prominent graduates, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Crozer ’51) this past weekend at two events in Rochester, NY.  On Saturday, January 18th, the CRCDS Black Student Caucus hosted the 30th annual MLK Songfest at Aenon Baptist Church where CRCDS Trustee and long-time friend Rev. Dr. James Cherry serves as pastor. The MLK Community Choir led a packed church in celebratory song, honoring the life of Dr. King. The evening culminated in the awarding of the first ever Rev. Raymond Graves Award for Community Service and Social Justice to CRCDS alumnus Rev. Lawrence Hargrave (CRCDS‘00), Pastor of Outreach Ministries at Asbury First United Methodist Church in Rochester. Rev. Graves (CRDS ’69) was a well-known and tireless advocate for social justice in the Rochester region. Rev. Hargrave’s ministry to the Rochester community continues the legacy of Rev. Graves’ work and the legacy of the many CRCDS graduates who continue to transform the lives of those they serve. The school is delighted to honor these two esteemed graduates in this important way. For a link to the article on this event from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, please click on the link below.

MLK Jr. Gospel Songfest encourages stronger community

stuartjmitchelliiiOn Monday, January 20th, the Rochester community gathered at the Eastman Theater’s Kodak Hall to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King.  Two notable alumni of CRCDS were recognized for their work. The late Rev. Dr. Charles Thurman (CRDS ’72) received the Robert Cobbett Peace Award for his many contributions to bringing peace to the Rochester community. The award was presented to Dr. Thurman’s family and Dr. Thurman’s wife, Mattie Thurman, accepted the award on their behalf. Later in the celebration, CRCDS Chair of the Board of Trustees Stuart J. Mitchell III (CRDS ’70), President/CEO of Pathstone, was honored as an Everyday Hero for his life’s work in the areas of affordable housing, social justice and civil rights. The tribute to Rev. Mitchell included a video presentation highlighting his work and its role in advancing the values espoused by Dr. King. Please click on the following link for the article on this event that appears on WXXI.org.

Rochester Community Called to Service in Honor of Dr. King Jr.

Please join us in giving thanks for the lives and work of all our alumni/ae and especially for the work of Dr. King, Rev. Graves, Rev. Hargrave, Dr. Thurman and Rev. Mitchell.

Introducing our Spring Course in Buffalo

logo-b&w-inhouse-printingDr. James Evans will teach a course entitled, “Thurman, King and the Life of the Spirit,” this spring semester at New Shiloh Baptist Church in Buffalo NY. The course takes place on Wednesdays from 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

A full course description may be downloaded here.

Cost:  $300 to Audit ($150 for Alumni/ae or Clergy)   $1695 for Credit

Current CRCDS Students: To register for credit, please contact the registrar, Andrea Mason, or phone (585) 340-9632.

Non-CRCDS Students or Alumni/ae: To audit, please contact the Admissions Office or phone (585) 340-9500.

Welcome to our newest CRCDS employees

Tiersa-DennisCRCDS says farewell to longtime employee Judie McGaffick and welcomes new receptionist Tiersa Dennis. We are grateful for Judie’s many years of service to the CRCDS community and wish her joy and happiness in her retirement.

Tiersa comes to us with a background in film and TV production and lives in the Park Avenue area of Rochester.



michele kaiderThe Office for Institutional Advancement welcomes Michele Kaider-Korol as the new Communications Coordinator at CRCDS.  Michele is a St. John Fisher College graduate and lives in Irondequoit, NY. She may be reached at mkaider-korol@crcds.edu or (585) 340-9669.

Please join us in welcoming Tiersa and Michele to the CRCDS family.

Happy New Year from CRCDS!

The CRCDS community wishes everyone
a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2014. 

annualfund-giving-buttonsPlease don't forget to make your gift to the Fund for CRCDS by midnight on December 31st in order to take advantage of the 2013 tax deduction benefits.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the CRCDS Make A Gift and Make a Pledge Payment are not functioning properly. The Make a Pledge is, however, operational. 

To make a gift, you may mail your gift to the school or you may contact the Office for Institutional Advancement at (585) 340-9647 or email lbors@crcds.edu.

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we work to fix the problem.

Bells on the Hill a great success

On December 15th, CRCDS hosted its 4th annual Bells on the Hill event for the greater Rochester community. Over 130 friends and neighbors braved frigid temperatures and snowy conditions to hear the historic Andrews-Hale Chimes in the Chapel and to enjoy caroling, hot cocoa and tasty goodies. Guests young and old left with a renewed Christmas spirit and a reminder of what this season is truly all about.