Join us! The CRCDS School for Christian Leadership offers new learning opportunites

The School for Christian Leadership at CRCDS now offers three paths for learning: in a traditional classroom setting, learning together with a cohort group, and online! Classes meet one Saturday per month, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. from September to April.

Classes are an excellent opportunity for those seeking a deeper engagement in personal spirituality and for those who have been in diaconate or lay ministry. Participants may also earn Continuing Education credits (CEU's) for completed courses. Complete all three course cycles and receive your SCL certification.

For more information on classes or the School for Christian Leadership (SCL), please contact Melissa Morral at (585) 340-9633 or email mmorral@crcds.edu.

CRCDS Announces New Certificate in Older Adult Ministry

CRCDS received approval from the United Methodist Board of Higher Education & Ministry to offer courses required for the United Methodist Professional Certification Program in Older Adult Ministry. The certificate equips clergy as well as laypersons to serve this specialized and rapidly growing segment of the population. The program is open to individuals from all denominations and faiths.

Application deadlines are July 1 for the fall term and December 1 for the spring term.

Please click here for application instructions: http://www.crcds.edu/admissions-2/programs-of-study/certificate-in-older-adult-ministry/

Are you a pilgrim or a tourist?

Following the school's trip to Iona in Scotland this past June, Dr. Stephanie Sauvé, CRCDS Dean of Faculty and Associate Professor of Practical Theology, composed and delivered a sermon entitled, "Are You a Pilgrim or a Tourist?".

In this sermon, Dr. Sauvé discusses sacred spaces purposely left open for God, whether halfway across the world or within the context of our own hearts.

Click on the title above to read the full text.

CRCDS welcomes Rev. Rachel McGuire, Ph.D. to staff

rachelCRCDS is pleased to announce the addition of Rev. Rachel McGuire, Ph.D. to its staff. Dr. McGuire will oversee new online initiatives for the school.

Dr. McGuire, an American Baptist, served for eight years as Pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Rochester, NY and has served consistently in the denominational life of American Baptist Churches/Rochester Genesee Region, including service on the  ABC/RGR Region Executive Board.

Dr. McGuire is active in the greater Rochester community and is passionate about supporting Rochester youth, including Rochester Neighbors Gardening Together.

Dr. McGuire holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University, a Master of Divinity from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and a Ph.D. from the Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto, ON.