Dr. McMickle helps issue critical "Call to Action" Message

At its annual meeting at Shaw University Divinity School in Raleigh, NC, African American Presidents and Deans of theological schools in the United States issued a call for action in light of the current state of social justice in the United States of America. At the prompting of Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, and with his assistance in the drafting, the following statement was released by African American presidents and deans of ATS accredited seminaries and divinity schools on January 15, 2105:

One of our leaders, a founding member of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), noted that the socio-economic and political realities that led to the establishment of SNCC at Shaw University 54 years ago are actually eclipsed by the realities of this day. In 1960 there were lynchings and robe-wearing Klansmen. Today lynchings occur, but in different forms. Klansmen today bivouac without robes and hoods. Slavery still exists but under the auspices of a prison industrial complex. Discrimination thrives, with no intent or program for relief. As was true in the 1960’s it is time for citizens of good conscience to once again rise up and rally to the cry for freedom and justice for all.

From a manger in Bethlehem, a Bantustan in Soweto, a bus in Montgomery, a freedom Summer in Mississippi, a bridge in Selma, a street in Ferguson, a doorway and shots fired in Detroit, a Moral Monday in Raleigh, an assault in an elevator in Atlantic City, an office building in Colorado Springs, a market in Paris, a wall in Palestine, a pilgrimage to the shrine of Rincon and a restoration of ties between Cuba and the United States on December 17th, the kidnapping and assault of young school-aged girls and the reported killing of 2000 women, children and men in Nigeria, a new generation of dream defenders, a transgender teen’s suicide note, to our abuse of the environment – God sends a sign – a Kairos moment. The racial climate in the United States, and the respect for our common humanity everywhere, is clearly in decline.

How can Americans acquiesce, remain silent, passive and neutral as African-American men and women are slain in the streets of Ferguson, Staten Island, Cleveland and beyond? How can people of conscience be still when African-Americans quake with fear to walk without harm in their own cities and towns? How can we remain docile when leaders of our nation, especially the United States Congress abdicate their civic and moral responsibility to set a tone of civility and humanity?

How can we abide a justice system, which is neither blind nor equitable? How can we suffer a justice system that victimizes African Americans and Latinos by jailing them disproportionately? How can we sit idly by while our children are slaughtered in the streets without provocation?

How can we as United States citizens claim that we are “created equal” and that we are committed to “freedom and justice for all” while injustice is rampant in the land?

How can we continue with business as usual in our theological schools in the midst of so many egregious injustices?

We believe that citizens of good conscience must arise and call our nation to assess and address the rising tide of injustice throughout our legal and criminal justice systems. There must be restraint to those who shoot, kill, and maim innocent young men and women in the streets of our nation. And so . . .

We call upon the leaders of our nation to reaffirm the founding principles of this nation: liberty and justice for all.

We call on all freedom loving Americans to reaffirm a commitment to “the beloved community,” where the freedom and rights of all are respected and protected.

We call on the United States Congress to set a civil and moral tone in the way they respect our twice-elected president.

We call on leaders on the national and local levels to join citizens of good will to reject practices, legal and adjure, which mar the American dream of liberty and justice for all.

We call on our churches and every house of faith to challenge their members and communities to live out an inclusive commitment to love God, self, the neighbor-enemy, and creation across any and all boundaries that would dehumanize, alienate, and separate.

We call on all Americans of good conscience who gather across the country to speak out for liberty and justice for all… always. As our modern day prophet, Martin Luther King, Jr. noted, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

We invite our colleagues — presidents, deans and leaders of all divinity and theological schools — to arise from the embers of silence and speak up and speak out as the prophet of old, “let justice run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream” (Amos 5:24). We encourage you to endorse this statement by responding in your own particular context to our theological call to action with curricular programs, public forums, teach-ins, calls to your congressional leaders, writing op-ed pieces, and more.

We recognize this Kairos moment and stand in solidarity for “liberty and justice for all.”

 

Yours in the struggle,

African American Presidents and Deans in Theological Education

List of Signatories

Dr. Willard W.C. Ashley, Dean of the Seminary, New Brunswick Seminary

Dr. Brian K. Blount, President, Union Presbyterian Seminary

Dr. Marsha Foster Boyd, President Emerita, Ecumenical Theological Seminary

Dr. Michael J. Brown, Academic Dean, Payne Theological Seminary

Dr. Gay L. Byron, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Howard University School of Divinity

Dr. Leah Gaskin Fitchue, President, Payne Theological Seminary

Dr. David C. Forbes Sr., Interim Dean, Shaw University Divinity School

Dr. Charisse L. Gillett, President, Lexington Theological Seminary

Dr. Thomas W. Gilmore, Dean of the School of Practical Theology, Ashland Theological Seminary

Dr. Mark G. Harden, Dean of the Boston Campus, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Dr. Kenneth E. Harris, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean, Ecumenical Theological Seminary

Dr. Barbara A. Holmes, President, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities

Dr. Carrie D. Hudson, Associate Dean for Academic Advising and Scheduling, Ashland Theological Seminary

Dr. John W. Kinney, Senior Vice President & Dean for the School of Theology, Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology

Dr. James W. Lewis, Dean, Anderson University School of Theology

Dr. Myron F. McCoy, former President, Saint Paul School of Theology

Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, President, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

Dr. Rosemary Bray McNatt, President, Starr King School for the Ministry

Dr. Joy J. Moore, Associate Dean of African American Church Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary

Dr. Deborah Flemister Mullen, Dean of Faculty and Executive Vice President, Columbia Theological Seminary

Dr. Evelyn L. Parker, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Perkins School of Theology

Dr. Alton B. Pollard, III, Dean, Howard University School of Divinity

Dr. Angela D. Sims, Dean of Academic Programs, Saint Paul School of Theology

Dr. Emile M. Townes, Dean, Vanderbilt University Divinity School

Dr. Edward P. Wimberly, President, Interdenominational Theological Center

Dr. Robert S. Woods, Vice President of Academic Affairs/Dean, Memphis Theological Seminary

Dr. Mary H. Young, Associate Dean, Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology

 

 

 

 

Pulpit Supply: Lakeview Community Church – Reformed Church in America (Greece, NY)

Please direct all inquiries to Rich Ives at: richives@frontiernet.net.

  •  The pulpit supply person would be required to prepare and deliver the sermon or message for the service.  The message should be approximately 20 minutes in length (could be shorter, but shouldn’t be much longer).  Although our worship team is charged with preparing the other portions of the service, we have always left it open if the pulpit supply wants to take more of the service.  Worship services are generally “themed” with each of the parts related in some way to the message.   To that end, we give the pulpit supply person the opportunity to construct the service parts and then inform our church secretary so she can put the Sunday bulletin together.  If the pulpit supply person wants to prepare parts of the service, he/she needs to get the information to our secretary no later than the Tuesday prior to the Sunday the person is preaching.  This should not be a problem, because the pulpit supply person will know long in advance which Sunday he/she will be preaching.  Sample bulletin may be downloaded here.
  • We provide a worship leader who will assist with the worship service.  When the pulpit supply person arrives at the church (at least 1/2 hour prior to the service), he/she and a member of our Consistory will help familiarize the pulpit supply person with the church.  The worship leader will introduce the pulpit supply person to the congregation and will lead all the parts of the service that the pulpit supply person doesn’t.  One special part of our service is the “Prayers of the People” where individuals in the congregation can ask for prayers or offer words of praise and thanks as the worship leader jots the information down at the pulpit.  Those prayers are then included in the prayer followed by the Lord’s Prayer.
  • In addition to a worship leader, we have a member of the congregation read the scripture for the day unless the pulpit supply person wants to take that part.  Some do because it relates to the message.
  • We have an organ, a choir, and a praise band who provide the music for each of our services.  They select the songs of praise and the hymns for each of the services.
  • We have a projection and sound system in our sanctuary.  All the parts of the service are displayed on the screen including prayers, hymns, responsive readings, etc.  The pulpit supply person will be offered an “over-the-ear” hands-free mike for use during the service.  There are also mikes at the pulpits.
  • At the end of the service, we like to have the pulpit supply greet the people as they leave.
  • At present, we pay the pulpit supply person $100.00 for a worship service.  There is a proposal to raise that to $150 which will be acted upon at the December meeting of the Consistory.
  • Each worship service is followed by a coffee/cookie time in the narthex.

 

CRCDS Alumnus to be ordained

We are proud to announce the ordination of Arthur "Nick" W. Smith, CRCDS '13. Nick will be ordained by The Right Reverend Gladstone B. Adams III, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York, on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Trinity Church in Fayatteville, NY.

The CRCDS community congratulates Nick as he begins a new chapter in his spiritual journey.