3-Year Certificate Continuing Education Programs Now Accepting New Students

Applications are now being accepted for the Three-year Certificate Continuing Education programs at CRCDS:

  • The Thurman King School for Black Church Leadership – Learn more>>
  • The School for Christian Leadership – Learn more>>

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.

"Rochester, the Culture of Guns,
and the Choice to Disarm"

g-payne-1.23.13This 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?
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2012 Grad Named Senior Pastor at Baptist Temple, Brighton, NY


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."

Thanksgiving Dinner for American Cancer Society Residents Huge Success

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).

Foodlink Turkey Drive 2012

Join us as we work to help Foodlink reach their goal of raising $40,000 (the equivalent of more than 2,500 turkeys) for families and individuals in Rochester who do not have access to adequate nutrition.


The "turkey basket" where donations are kept

You can donate a turkey by stopping by the Admissions Office and putting a check or cash in the turkey basket on the desk. Or, simply use your smartphone to scan one of the Turkey Drive posters around school to make a donation on line. It’s fast and easy! Once you’ve donated a turkey, please take a paper turkey from the envelope by Polly’s door, write your name or a prayer on it, and stick it on the wall near the door.


Those who donate can leave a memorial or prayer on the walls of Strong Hall, first floor

Let’s see if we can get 50 turkeys by Friday, November 9th! A Foodlink hunger workshop will be held on CRCDS campus on Tuesday, November 6th from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in Room 117. Please contact Nancy Raca for more information at nraca@crcds.edu.