I am the proud grandfather of two beautiful little girls, Aaliyah and Lola. I often find myself musing about what kind of people they will grow up to be, their future joys, passions and careers. I also find myself thinking about the world they will inherit – a world where lasting peace continues to elude us, where care and concern for others frequently takes a back seat to the pursuit of self, a world where justice is all too often absent and where we struggle to appropriately steward God’s precious creation.
Despite these ever-present challenges, I find myself hopeful about the future, particularly when I consider the vital and successful work of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. For almost 200 years, CRCDS has produced Christ-filled women and men dedicated to serving the needs of others. The critical theological, scriptural and ministerial foundations that are the bedrock of the CRCDS education, allow our graduates to positively and responsibly impact the world – changing hearts, minds and lives along the way.
CRCDS serves a vital role in providing community leaders committed to the values we all hold dear. At a time when the church is rapidly changing and its future shape and form remain unclear, CRCDS graduates are boldly leading the way, helping to shape the future for the benefit of coming generations. They, however, do not do this alone. Behind each student is a legacy of prayerful support from people like you, people committed to first-rate theological and ministerial education. When I look at the faces of our current students, I see the faces of all those who love CRCDS, people like you, who care about God’s work and who support those who answer God’s call.
Last year, many alumni/ae and friends who had never given to CRCDS or who had not made a recent gift joined us in our work of preparing committed and effective leaders. I am asking you to follow their example and make your gift or pledge of support today! Even a gift of $5 makes a difference in the lives of our students, providing essential support that lessens the cost of their education. What’s more, your gift sends a clear message that people value and support the essential work of CRCDS. In this season of giving, we teach that it isn't the size or amount of the gift that matters, but rather, showing appreciation and gratitude for the people – and organizations – we care about most. Please show your support and appreciations for CRCDS by making your gift or pledge today!
If you ever find yourself concerned or anxious about the state of our world and its future, I hope you find comfort in knowing that the good and faithful work of CRCDS and its students is making a real difference in the lives of so many. May the Lord continue to bless you and your family this Christmas season and thank you, in advance, for investing in the future by making your gift to CRCDS today.
P.S. We are so grateful for your generosity.