Rev. Dr. Andrew Davison passes away

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School is deeply saddened to announce the passing of our dear friend and alumnus, Rev. Dr. Andrew "Andy" C. Davison '49), who died on July 5, 2015 after a brief illness.

Andy served with distinction many churches throughout his career and received the honor of being named Pastor Emeritus of First Baptist Church in Madison, Wisconsin. Andy also served on the staff of CRCDS in the Development Office where he stewarded and nurtured the many alumni/ae and friends of the school. Andy was a tireless champion of CRCDS, providing a constant voice of support, encouragement and perspective. He was the truest of friends and will be missed greatly by all of us in the CRCDS family. Please join us in our prayers of comfort for his wife Beverly and his family. Please also join us in prayers of Thanksgiving for the gift of this incredible man and dearest friend.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2015, at First Baptist Church, 518 No. Franklin Ave., Madison WI, with a reception following.

Andy's obituary may be found at:



Flags Have a History: A Unite Rochester blog post by Dr. Marvin A. McMickle

In a recent post to the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle, Dr. Marvin McMickle discusses the Confederate flag and its symbolism. He says, "Those who claim that the flag is a symbol of their heritage need to ask themselves what that heritage was all about."

Please click on the link to read or comment on this essay:

Dr. Jin Young Choi's new book scheduled for release in August

Dr. Jin Young Choi, Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, has written a new book, Postcolonial Discipleship of Embodiment: An Asian and Asian American Feminist Reading of the Gospel of Mark, scheduled for release in August, 2015.

The book is highly recommended by theological scholars and will be available in the CRCDS bookstore.  Those who wish to pre-order a copy may contact Marge Nead at (585) 340-9601 or email

Please see the attached flyer for more information on this important new contribution to the field of Markan studies.



CRCDS: Prayers for Charleston

We mourn those who lost their lives in last week's terrible tragedy at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and especially hold up in prayer two CRCDS family members: Rev. Waltrina Middleton and Rev. Norvel Goff.

Rev. Middleton is a current Doctor of Ministry student who lost her cousin, Depayne Middleton Doctor, in the killings. Rev. Norvel Goff (CRCDS '07), former president of the Rochester chapter of the NAACP, accepted the prodigious challenge of heading the Emanuel AME congregation until a new pastor is found. We hold them both close in prayer as they make their way through their separate challenges in the weeks and months to come.

When trying to make sense of senseless acts, people turn to each other, to the news, and to the written word in order to feel connected and to find some measure of peace and healing. To that end, we share with you some of the pieces recently published or shared by our faith leaders, including Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, Rev. Richard "Dick" Myers and the African American Presidents and Deans of Theological Schools, as well as news coverage relating to Rev. Middleton and Rev. Goff.

Dr. Marvin A. McMickle's reaction to the Charleston, SC killings:

Rev. Myers piece in the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle:

Article regarding Rev. Goff assuming leadership of Emanuel AME:

Rev. Goff's resolve: "No demon, no evildoer can close the church":

Letter from African American Presidents and Deans:

Rev. Waltrina Middleton: "The Attack on Charleston is an Attack on All of us":