Melanie Deguid-May to teach "Politics and Religion in the Israel/Palestine Crisis" at First Unitarian Church







Melanie Duguid-May, John Price Crozer Professor of Theology at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School will lead this four part course Tuesdays, starting March 1, 7:00-9:00pm.

The course looks at the religious aspirations and beliefs, together with political strategies and tactics that have shaped the contemporary situation in the land called holy. The course covers events beginning in the 1880's and looks at Jewish and Christian and Muslim perspectives and practices, and considers both the realities in the Holy land today and how these realities are becoming global in range.

March 1: The emergence of Zionism, context and content.

March 8: 1948, Catastrophe & Creation.

March 15: 1967, Catastrophe Continua.

March 22: 1993-Present, "A Matrix of Control.”

Tuition is $30, cash or check to First Unitarian. Class size is limited to 20 persons, with 10 seats reserved for First Unitarian members.

To register, contact Ron Johnson, 585-967-4946 or

CRCDS Spring Convocation: "Ministry in the Midst of Mourning"

President Marvin A. McMickle and CRCDS Board of Trustees Chair Rt. Rev. Jack M. McKelvey joined the CRCDS community in welcoming new students during Spring 2016 Convocation in the Samuel Colgate Memorial Chapel.

President McMickle preached an eloquent and moving sermon entitled, “Ministry in the Midst of Mourning,” addressing the sudden, tragic passing of CRCDS M.Div. student Jamal Young this past January.

To view Dr. McMickle's sermon, please see:

Following the service, staff, faculty, trustees, students and friends enjoyed a community meal in the CRCDS refectory.

Dr. Marvin A. McMickle: Diversity Should Include the Faces on Rochester, NY TV News

The Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle published CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle's latest Unite Rochester blog on January 23, 2016.

Dr. McMickle expressed frustration over the lack of diversity in Rochester television news anchors.

To read the article in full, and/or to comment on the piece, please click here:

What is an Evangelical Christian?

News media and political pundits have been speculating for months about the potential effect that "evangelical Christians" will have on the upcoming 2016 Presidential election.

In a recent Unite Rochester blog post, Dr. McMickle says, "I am writing to clarify the way in which the word evangelical is being misused and distorted in this and so many other election seasons . . . the word evangelical carries absolutely no political connotation whatsoever."

Dr. McMickle's blog post was published online in the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle on January 13, 2016. To read it, click here:

CRCDS Student Robert Hoggard urges us to Honor MLK's Dream

Robert Hoggard, CRCDS Kairos Studies Master's student and member of the CRCDS Black Student Caucus, recently posted an article on HBCU Buzz, an online news outlet for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, with over 20,000 fans on Facebook and over 80,000 Twitter followers. Robert's article urges us to celebrate MLK Day by honoring MLK's dream.

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Let’s Celebrate MLK Day by Honoring King’s Dream