The Tower Bells were rung twenty times as many gathered yesterday in the Samuel Colgate Memorial Chapel at 11:20 am to be in silent community in the wake of the recent bombings in Boston.
The gathering was a last-minute addition to third-year M.Div. student Callid Keefe-Perry’s Senior Sermon. Kristina Keefe-Perry, Callid’s wife, also participated in the liturgy. The service followed in the tradition of the Society of Friends, where silence plays a central role in creating a fellowship in spiritual communion with God.
The tragedy had a personal note for Callid; he is a native of Boston and has many friends and family who participate in the marathon each year. He and Kristina will be moving back to the city this summer to continue their education. Callid will be pursuing a doctorate at Boston University.
Many media outlets in the Rochester area covered the event. You can see the video of that coverage at the links below.
Applications are now being accepted for the Three-year Certificate Continuing Education programs at CRCDS:
The Thurman King School of Black Church Leadership and the School for Christian Leadership programs are designed to prepare persons for various kinds of parish ministry, such as deacons and/or locally ordained priests in the Episcopal Church, Commissioned Lay Pastors, Lay Preachers or other designated titles.
This article was originally published on Jan. 10, 2013 in The Smugtown Beacon by George Payne (CRCDS ’06), Peace and Justice Educator at the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence in Rochester, NY.
Until gun violence steals the life of your spouse, child, parent, or best friend there is no way to rationalize such primal suffering, especially in the form of an editorial. Consequently, it is assumed that political and spiritual reforms should not be debated during times of intense grieving. But what if this is the only time when such reform can actually happen?
Commencement, May 19, 2012: Katie Jo Suddaby receives her Mater of Divinity degree diploma from President Marvin A. McMickle.
Katie Jo Suddaby, who graduated last year with a Master of Divinity degree, began serving as the Senior Pastor of Baptist Temple in Brighton, New York, on January 1, 2013.
Regarding her appointment, she wrote,”Baptist Temple is a church with a rich history and an even more exciting future. I feel blessed to lead a community of people so focused, so selfless, and so ready for growth in this next season God has for us. I’m sure there will be many exciting developments to be reporting soon.”
Students, staff, faculty, alumni/ae and family members all made contributions for a Thanksgiving Dinner held at Hope Lodge last night, which is operated by the American Cancer Society, our neighbor here on the Hill. They served approximately 50 people last night and at least 12 of those individuals were patients and their loved ones or support person.
A note of gratitude from Polly Bush, Admissions Coordinator and Student Services Representative:
The outpouring of generosity from all of you meant so much too so many people. Please read the note below that was sent to us this morning from Kelly Conlan who is a Coordinator at Hope Lodge.
A thank you note from Kelly Conlan, a coordinator at Hope Lodge:
Thank you everyone-the guests were raving this morning to me about the meal. Many of them said they came back later on and were able to enjoy a late meal. This morning I saw many people who had a slice of pie next to their cereal bowls
Donations for food purchases were kindly given by local supermarket chains Tops ($10) and Wegmans ($50).