Alumni/ae Updates for May 2013

The Rev. Dr. James Alexander Forbes, Jr. (D.Min., 1975)

Awarded Honorary Degree by University of Rochester

800px-Rev_James_A_Forbes_speaking_2006Dr. Forbes will be honored at the 2013 Commencement Ceremonies at the University of Rochester with the award of an honorary doctor of divinity degree. The ceremonies will be held on May 17, 18 and 19.

Dr. Forbes is the Harry Emerson Fosdick Distinguished Professor of Union Theological Seminary, as well as the President of the Health of the Nations Foundation. He is the Senior Minister Emeritus of the Riverside Church, which is interdenominational, being both American Baptist and United Church of Christ. Dr. Forbes was the first African American minister of the congregation, located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

He retired in 2007 after 18 years of service.

The Rev. Dr. Glenda Prins (M.Div. 1983; D.Min. 1999)

Publishes New Book on Parenting Children with Disabilities

G-PRINSDr. Prins, an ordained United Church of Christ pastor, recently published Lessons from Katherine (Feb., 2013, Circle Books, an Imprint of John Hunt Publishing). The book recounts her experience of raising a child with severe disabilities. About the publication, Dr. Prins wrote, "Lessons from Katherine is a spiritual memoir about loving and parenting our disabled child amidst grief, financial difficulty and marital discord. It's the struggle of every young marriage and family: to hold on, to form a family, to carve out a place in the world–but amplified."

You can order the book online here.

Barbara Zelter, MSW, MA (M.A., 2011)

Connecting Social Work with Theology, Arrested in North Carolina Protests

B-ZELTERZelter was one of 17 people who were arrested on April 29, 2013, while protesting at the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh. The protest was organized by the Rev. William Barber, who is head of the North Carolina chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Rev. Barber initiated the act of civil disobedience in response to policies that he believes will hinder the civil and economic rights of ethnic minorities and those below poverty line. The protest activities continued into the following week with more arrests made.

Zelter is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at North Carolina State University.

See the local news coverage of the arrest here.

Unite Rochester Visit to *Ministry on the Margins* Class Sparks Conversation

mooreclass1Last Wednesday, Jane Sutter, Editor of Community Partnerships / Niche Content at The Democrat and Chronicle, attended Barbara Moore's class "Ministry on the Margins."

The visit was a research opportunity for a project at the paper she leads, Unite Rochester. Pres. McMickle has worked closely with Ms. Sutter on the feature, which seeks to address ongoing issues of race, identity and injustice here in Rochester.

Learn more about Unite Rochester at their website.

Toronto Pilgrims Come to CRCDS as Part of *Sacred Space* Tour of Rochester

The Pilgrimage of Sacred Spaces comes to Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School tomorrow morning to experience the Hill as a spiritual space.

The Pilgrimage is led by Rev. Peter Holmes, who is the Minister of the Congregation at Yorkminister Park Baptist Church in Toronto, Canada. Driven largely by curiosity, Holmes began organizing tours of Toronto's sacred, spiritual or religious places eight years ago to explore the many different faith traditions that are practiced there. With the success of the Toronto tours, the Pilgrimages have ventured to other cities, such as Buffalo and Pittsburgh.

  • WHAT: “The Pilgrimage of Sacred Spaces” Comes to CRCDS
  • DATE: Thursday, May 2, 2013
  • TIME: 9:15 am
  • PLACE: Samuel Colgate Memorial Chapel, CRCDS Campus

The Rochester tour will survey the architecture of the Samuel Colgate Memorial Chapel on the CRCDS campus, a historic worship area with original stained glass windows depicting the history of the American Baptist Church, beginning with its founder, Roger Williams. Its construction was funded, in part, by John D. Rockefeller.

Nearly 20 other sites in the city will be visited during the four-day tour, including Asbury First United Methodist Church, First Unitarian and Temple B'rith Kodesh. Each stop is an hour long and gives pilgrims the opportunity to learn about the history of the building as well as time to reflect in silence within it.

The Canadian organist William Maddox will perform the historic organ in the Chapel as part of the group's visit.