The chill of winter is in the air here on the Hill, but the joy and excitement of the Inauguration continues to resound throughout the Colgate Rochester Crozer community. I hope you will take time to visit our website (www.crcds.edu) and enjoy the pictures and videos of all the Inaugural events. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to lead this illustrious institution as it enters its 196th year of educating women and men for ministry. Please know how thankful we are for the trust you place in us and how much we treasure your steadfast prayers for the work of CRCDS.
This truly is a new day at CRCDS! We are prayerfully charting a new course, a course rooted in the biblical mandate for justice and mercy, a course that answers God’s call to prepare competent and prophetic leaders who engage today’s issues head on. Our graduates are educated to speak truth to power, while remaining always with “the least of these.” They inherit a world of unprecedented complexity at a time when the pace of change in our churches and communities continues to stretch our resources. Now, more than ever, the world needs CRCDS graduates and now, more than ever, we need your support to continue our mission.
Please make your gift or pledge to the 2012-13 Fund for CRCDS today! Your gift provides essential support for students, helping to alleviate the very real financial burden they face in answering God’s call to serve. Many of our graduates struggle to make ends meet while balancing the unrelenting demands of study, work and family. Your gift eases that burden, allowing them to focus more fully on their preparation as ministers of the Good News and allowing them to complete their studies and begin their ministries as soon as possible.
I know the struggles of our national and global economy continue to challenge us all. Still, I am confident of the good and holy work of CRCDS and the necessity to ask for your support. As a continued sign of our belief in both the importance of the work of CRCDS and the brightness of its future, my wife, Peggy, and I have once again renewed our pledge of $10,000.00 to the Fund for CRCDS. Please consider joining us by making your gift or pledge today.
Rev. Marvin A. McMickle, Ph.D.
P.S. We are so grateful for your support.