Don't Miss Out! Sign Up Today for the CRCDS Pilgrimage to the Holy Land!

Space is limited — join faculty, students and friends of CRCDS in the Spring of 2017 as we travel to the Holy Land. This acclaimed trip includes visits to three sacred faith communities—Jewish, Christian and Muslim—and provides the opportunity to experience first-hand the daily life of the people who call the region home.

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Participants will examine both religious and political realities in the Holy Land, while looking through the lens of military occupation—the ancient Roman occupation and the contemporary Israeli occupation—that tears the fabric and peoples of the land.  Particular attention will be paid both to the lives and faith of Palestinians living under occupation today—including visits to Bethlehem, Hebron, Nablus, Jenin—and “the forgotten Palestinians” living in the state of Israel—including visits to Acre, East Jerusalem, Haifa, Jaffa. Throughout the trip, there will be occasions for daily group reflection, for lectures on biblical and contemporary theological and ethical topics, and for worship and prayer.

Total cost for airfare, full-board accommodation, guides, transport, and amenities is $5,500. Please note that this trip is a pilgrimage and accommodations will be simple, safe, and clean. Single occupancy accommodations throughout the trip are available for an additional $500.

Please contact Dr. Melanie Duguid-May ( ) or Dr. Mark Brummitt ( for more information.

This travel opportunity is offered through the CRCDS Department of Academic Life and by the Gene Bennett Program for Life Long Learning.


Register by Friday, September 9, 2016! "All in a System: The Power of Congregation, Family and Community" begins soon

lynnJoin clergy, lay-leaders, community organizers and counselors for a unique, interactive and hands-on learning experience at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.

The Rev. Dr. Lynn Acquafondata will teach the theory of family, congregational and community systems, while providing tools for managing conflict and anxiety.

Designed for working professionals, “All in a System” will take place in three half-day on-site classes and three online classes. The course begins this semester and continues through November 13, 2016.


Online session: Complete on your own by September 15
Meet on Campus: 2-5 p.m. Sunday, September 18 at CRCDS
Online session: Complete on your own between October 4 and 11
Meet on Campus: 2-5 p.m. Sunday, October 23 at CRCDS
Online session: Complete on your own between November 1 and 7
Meet on Campus: 2-5 p.m. Sunday, November 13 at CRCDS

Please register online at this link.

Click the systems course flyer to see the schedule: All in a System Course Information

For more information, please contact Rachel McGuire, Director of New Models (585) 340-9596 or email







Travel with CRCDS in 2017: The Land Called Holy and its Peoples–A Christian Pilgrimage

Following a successful trip to Israel-Palestine in October 2015, CRCDS will host a twelve-day return trip to the Holy Land on May 17-June 1, 2017. On this pilgrimage, we will visit Jewish, Muslim and Christian holy sites and meet people of these faith communities. There will be opportunities for prayer, worship, lectures and Bible study. This trip is led by Melanie Duguid-May and Mark Brummitt.

Please contact Mark Brummitt at for registration information. Application and deposit due by November 15, 2016.

Click here for more information: Travel with CRCDS in 2017



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:

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.