On December 9th, the CRCDS community held an official “Welcome” party for Associate Professor New Testament and Christian Origins Jin Young Choi. Dean Stephanie Sauve welcomed Dr. Choi and presented attendees with an extensive overview of Dr. Choi’s scholarship and accolades, including Dr. Choi’s selection as a Louisville Scholar, an honor recognizing a select group of promising young scholars. Dr. Choi addressed attendees stating how honored she is to be a part of Colgate Rochester Crozer and how thankful she is for the opportunity to teach and conduct research at such a distinguished institution.
Learn more about Dr. Choi in the Summer/Fall 2013 CRCDS Bulletin’s “Getting to Know Dr. Jin Young Choi.”
On December 3rd, the CRCDS community celebrated the beginning of Advent with a special Advent service in the Samuel Colgate Memorial Chapel. The joy of the season was evident as students, faculty and staff celebrated not only the anticipation of the Christmas season, but also the conclusion of the Fall semester. A highlight of the service was the sermon offered by Associate Professor of Old Testament Interpretation Dr. Mark Brummitt who urged those in attendance to consider the Kairos moment evident in the birth of the Christ child and to recognize the unique and unexpected moments of God’s in-breaking into our world. Following the service, the CRCDS celebrated the annual Christmas by the Hearth event where delicious food and festive singing made for a truly merry end to the semester.
The Rochester Independent Examiner (Examiner.com) recently ran an article about the psychological pressures plaguing our active duty military and veterans. The article talks about the good work that the Veteran’s Outreach Center is doing here in Rochester and its partnership with CRCDS. Here is the link to the article: http://www.examiner.com/article/be-part-of-the-solution-not-part-of-the-problem
On Wednesday, November 6th, Bishop Mark J. Webb, Episcopal leader of the Upper New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, visited the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School campus for a day of worship, discussion and fellowship. In the morning, Bishop Webb was the guest preacher at the daily chapel service, sharing his reflections on Joshua 4:1-11.
Bishop Webb reminded all in attendance to respond daily to God’s continual call and challenged them to engage in self-evaluation, to remember God’s continual presence and work and to remain committed to spreading the joy of Jesus Christ and the building of the Kingdom. Following worship, Bishop Webb joined students, alumni/ae, faculty, staff and members of the community for a luncheon conversation centered on the many challenges and opportunities for renewing and revitalizing the Church in our age.
Bishop Webb thanked CRCDS for its excellent work in preparing Christian leaders, and challenged the school to provide practical, skill-based education alongside the standard theological curriculum whenever possible. Bishop Webb completed his time on the Hill with a meeting with the CRCDS Wesley Society. Colgate Rochester Crozer wishes to express its deep gratitude to Bishop Webb for the generous gift of his time and wisdom during his visit. We look forward to a deep and lasting collaborative friendship among CRCDS, the Bishop and the Upper New York Annual Conference.
Generosity has ensured that CRCDS students will always have a place to relax and grab a snack or drink when they come to campus with news that the Student Lounge will remain open and funded. This comes as very welcome news to many students, since many travel a long way and appreciate having a "home away from home" between classes.
The Student Lounge is headed by Katie Kreutter (M.Div.) and is funded entirely by the CRCDS Student Cabinet. An appeal to staff, faculty and students was made last week for assistance that resulted in an immense showing of support through donations of food and money.
Pres. Marvin A. and Mrs. Peggy McMickle made a kind gift of $100 to fund the pantry, noting that "having a well stocked student lounge is a blessing at a school with a largely commuter student body." The Black Student Caucus and the Social Justice Fellowship both contributed $75 each to the cause, while many others also pledged to provide financial assistance or to donate food items.
If you would like to support the Student Cabinet, below is a "wish list" of food items they need:
1. Coca-Cola and Diet Coke
2. Water Bottles
3. Granola bars
4. Mini chocolate candy bars, and honestly anything chocolate
5. Individually wrapped bags of chips – all kinds
6. Fruit cups and applesauce
7. Popcorn (the small size microwave bags)
8. Fruit snacks
10. Peanut butter crackers, cheese crackers, etc.
For more information, please contact Polly Bush at email@example.com.