March 18, 2014: Spring Preview & Tour of CRCDS for Prospective Students

Interested in learning more about our graduate theological education programs? Visit our campus on March 18th. Take a tour, observe a class, participate in a chapel service, enjoy an informational dinner!

Choose from one of two sessions:

Session 1:

12:30 PM          Campus Tours
1:15 PM            Observe an Afternoon Class
4:15 PM            Chapel Service
5:00 PM            Informational Dinner

Session 2:

3:30 PM            Campus Tours
4:15 PM            Chapel Service
5:00 PM            Informational Dinner
6:15 PM            Observe an Evening Class

Master of Divinity • Master of Arts • Doctor of Ministry • Graduate Certificate Studies Auditing Opportunities

Free $35 Application Fee Voucher for Attending!

For more information please contact or (585) 340-9500.

Spring Preview 2014

Prospective students are invited to spend some time on campus learning about our graduate theological education programs. Choose from one of two sessions:

Session 1

  • 12:30 PM: Campus Tours
  • 1:15 PM: Observe an Afternoon Class
  • 5:00 pm: Informational Dinner

Session 2

  • 3:30 PM: Registration & Campus Tours
  • 5:00 PM: Informational Dinner
  • 6:15 PM: Observe an Evening Class

  • Two slots are available for visiting. Please select below which slot works better with your schedule.

"A Gandhian Approach to Syria"

The following reflection was written by alumnus George Payne, who is Peace and Justice Educator at the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence.

It is clear that the overwhelming majority of Americans do not support military involvement in Syria. Some denounce military action because Syria does not immediately endanger America’s national security. Others contend that two dreadful attempts at nation building in Iraq and Afghanistan have left Americans war weary. And still others decry the use of force based on its limited effectiveness in deterring the Bashar al-Assad regime.There are also detractors who base their opposition on economic and political philosophy. Following a foreign policy agenda that dates back to President Washington, this group asserts that a war in Syria will not promote the mandates of the Constitution, nor will it prevent a foreign dictator from encroaching on the livelihood of American citizens. If this opposition was not staunch enough, President Obama must answer critics within his own party who prefer hard diplomacy to military action. This group believes that diplomatic overtures to China, Iran and Russia may be the only way to bring peaceful order to this crisis.

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Six Things to Consider Concerning a US Strike Against Syria

The following is a statement from President Marvin A. McMickle originally written to be shared among the American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) as points for consideration as military action in Syria is considered.

As Christians we are not exempt from having an opinion or voicing a position concerning the possibility of our nation launching a unilateral attack against Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons. We cannot view this possibility solely through the eyes of US foreign policy or US national security interests. The Lord of the church is not an American; Christ is sovereign Lord over all of creation. Christ has as much love for the people of the Middle East as for the people of the American Midwest. What action is really in the best interest of our brothers and sisters in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and all the other nations in that region that may be impacted if any military action taken by this country results in an escalation of what is essential a civil war?
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A Plea for Negotiations and Nonviolence in Syria

The following article was written by Roula Alkhouri, who recently earned her D.Min. from CRCDS. She has been Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Batavia since November 2007. She moved from Bend, Oregon, where she served for seven years as associate pastor. Roula is the first Syrian woman ordained into ministry. Roula is married to Mike Stuart who is also an ordained Presbyterian minister. Their daughter Sophia is the joy of their lives.

I write with a heavy heart about the conflict in Syria. Even though I grew up in Syria, I have been away from Syria for over 20 years. So, I write about the conflict in Syria with the disclaimer that I am somewhat of an outsider because I no longer reside in Syria and cannot possibly fully appreciate the suffering of the people of Syria right now. Yet my Syrian roots run deep. My parents, my sister, my niece, and most of my extended family still live there. I also feel a need to speak a prophetic word that comes from my Syrian Christian faith and my commitment to following the way of Jesus which I believe is a way of justice through nonviolence and love.

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Workplace Diversity and Private Construction in Rochester

Recent focus has been brought to the issue of minority hiring and workplace diversity on public sector projects in and around Rochester by the local paper. Progress in that direction is an important step in the right direction. That being said, I remind this community that equal if not more attention must be given to the hiring of minority workers on private sector projects as well. Whether one looks at construction for grocery stores, hospitals, universities, business parks, or corporate offices, there is an obvious absence of diversity on those sites. This is 2013, and the absence of women and ethnic minorities on so many conspicuous construction sites is an affront to the history of Rochester as a progressive community. We should and we must do better!