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Note: Yom Kippur falls during the CRCDS Lecture week. Out of respect to our friends of the Jewish faith, The Janice Lynn Cohen Symposium will be held on Wednesday, October 2nd. See below for more details.

9:00 am — 12:00 noon
Janice Lynn Cohen Symposium: “Caring for Children with Chronic Illnesses”
Location: University of Rochester, Class of ‘62 Auditorium, 601 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14642. Registration is not required for this lecture.

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7:00 pm
Christian Faith and LGBT Experience Lecture: The Reverend Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson, retired global leader for Metropolitan Community Churches
BIO: Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson is the former moderator (global leader) of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC). She was elected to that position in 2005 following the retirement of Rev. Elder Troy Perry, the founder of MCC. In July, 2010 she was re-elected for a term of six years. She is only the second person, and the first woman, to serve in that role since the founding of Metropolitan Community Churches in 1968. Rev. Wilson obtained her B.A. from Allegheny College, her M.Div. from SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary, and her D.Min. from Episcopal Divinity School (EDS). She received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from EDS in 2016. Rev. Wilson is a popular preacher and speaker. She also writes poetry and is an avid birdwatcher. Rev. Wilson resides in Bradenton, Florida with her wife, Dr. Paula Schoenwether, an artist and jeweler.
Location: CRCDS Campus, 320 North Goodman St., Suite 207, Rochester, NY 14607

1:30 pm
The Bartlett Lectures, Part 1: Workshop: Rev. Marvin A. McMickle, Ph.D., Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program & Professor of African American Religious Studies, Retired President, CRCDS
BIO: Dr. Marvin A. McMickle served as the 12th President of CRCDS from 2011-2019. He is a highly regarded pastor and prolific author of 17 books and scores of essays and articles. He is active on the leadership team of Unite Rochester, a social platform aimed at increasing racial diversity and reducing inner-city poverty. A member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Board of Preachers at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA., Dr. McMickle is Professor Emeritus at Ashland Theological Seminary and has been a Visiting Professor of Preaching at Yale Divinity School. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary, a Doctor of Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Case Western Reserve University.
Location: CRCDS Campus, 320 North Goodman St., Suite 207, Rochester, NY 14607

3:45 pm
Worship service in the Chapel, with Dr. McMickle preaching
Location: CRCDS Chapel, 320 North Goodman St., Suite 207, Rochester, NY 1460

7:00 pm
The Bartlett Lectures, Part 2: Lecture: David Cay Johnston, American Journalist, Distinguished Lecturer, Author
BIO: David Cay Johnston is an investigative journalist and author, a specialist in economics and tax issues, and winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting. He writes for The Daily Beast, Investopedia, USA Today,, Tax Analysts and the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. David is the recipient of an IRE Medal and the George Polk Award. He serves as board president of Investigative Post, a non-profit news organization. David has written several books including his more recent, The Making of Donald Trump (2016) and It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration is Doing to America (2018).
Location: CRCDS Campus, 320 North Goodman St., Suite 207, Rochester, NY 14607

7:00 pm
African-American Legacy Lecture: “In the Spirit of Howard Thurman”: In partnership with the M.K. Ghandi Institute for Nonviolence and The Cinema 
The documentary, Backs Against The Wall: The Howard Thurman Story, will be shown with conversation following.
Location: The Cinema, 957 S. Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY 14620