Reminder to sign up! Prashan deVisser teaches "The Theory and Practice of Peace Building" June 6-10 at CRCDS

Professor Prashan deVisser, activist, educator and founder of "Sri Lanka Unites" will teach "The Theory and Practice of Peace Building" as part of a new Doctor of Ministry track in Peace Building and Interfaith Dialogue at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School the week of June 6-10, 2016.

Professor deVisser, a native of Sri Lanka, earned a master's degree from Notre Dame's Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies in 2015. There he founded "Global Unites", a world-wide educational movement uniting young people across ethnic and religious divides. Professor deVisser educates future leaders in countries like Congo, Myanmar, Pakistan, Kenya, Uganda, Afghanistan, Somalia, Nepal, South Sudan, Cambodia, Sierra Leone and Egypt how peace, not war, will best preserve their country, their communities and their culture. He was also appointed as a Justice of Peace in the Negambo division in the Western Province in Sri Lanka.

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Note: This course is open to auditors and nondegree students as well.

Contact Melissa Morral at or 585-340-9633 to enroll in this course.


"What Does it Mean to Make America Great Again?" by Dr. Marvin A. McMickle

In a Unite Rochester blog post published in the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle on March 1, 2016, CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle asks, "Over and over again in the last few months, groups of Americans have been energized by the phrase 'Make America Great Again.' This term begs the question of when in its past America had been great, what happened to cause America to lose that greatness it had at that time, and what America will look like when it becomes great again?"

Read and comment on Dr. McMickle's full post here:

Ministry website "Church Central" recommends "Caring Pastors, Caring People: Equipping your Church for Pastoral Care"

Margaret Mancuson, a minister and contributor to the online ministry forum Church Central, recently reviewed CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle's book,Caring Pastors, Caring People: Equipping your Church for Pastoral Care (2011, Judson).

Ms. Mancuson says, "Grounded in Scripture and in decades of ministry experience, this is a book worth reading by every pastor."

Read her review here:

Dr. McMickle's books are available for purchase at the CRCDS bookstore. For more information, call Marge Nead at (585)340-9601.






2016 Valentine's Blessing of Relationships at CRCDS a Sweet Success

The Samuel Colgate Memorial Chapel was the setting for the Valentine's Day Blessing of Relationships on Friday, February 12, 2016.

Rev. Lynette Sparks (CRCDS '09), Associate Pastor for the Third Presbyterian Church, Rochester, NY delivered a poignant message about love and commitment to about fifty attendees. Following the blessing, guests enjoyed champagne, sparkling grape juice and chocolate covered strawberries while mingling with old and new friends in Kraushaar Commons.

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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