CRCDS Spring Lectures
April 6 – 9, 2021

Our Spring Lecture Series this year were completely virtual. While our lecture week is over, you are welcome to view the recordings On-Demand by clicking on the links below under each day.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Christian Faith and LGBT Experience Lecture

1:30-3:00 PM (EASTERN)
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Together with partner congregations, CRCDS presents the Christian Faith and LGBT Experience Lecture. The partner congregations are Asbury First United Methodist Church, Lake Avenue Baptist Church, Open Arms Metropolitan Community Church, and Third Presbyterian Church.

The Divided Methodist Church: The Struggle for LGBTQ Inclusion in the Largest Mainline Denomination

Lecturer: Rev. Dr. Stephen M. Cady II, Senior Pastor at Asbury First United Methodist Church, Rochester NY.

Rev. Dr. Cady joined the pastoral staff at Asbury First in July 2012. He became Asbury First’s senior minister on July 1, 2015. Stephen received his PhD in Practical Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. His particular research is youth and young adult faith formation, particularly in the area of worship. His dissertation was titled: Creative Encounters: Toward a Theology of Magnitude for worship with United Methodist Youth.  Stephen has been named a Timothy Scholar by the United Methodist Foundation for Evangelism, was twice the recipient of a Dempster Fellowship through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, and is a John Wesley Fellow. He attended seminary at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary on the campus of Northwestern University and currently  serves as an adjunct faculty member at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.


Wednesday, April 7, 2021

The Stanley I. Stuber Lecture 

1:30-3:00 PM (EASTERN)
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Doctor of Ministry Student Panel

We are pleased to have our Doctor of Ministry (DMin) students share with us the ways they are integrating their CRCDS coursework into their distinct ministry contexts. The students will share their thesis proposals followed by responses from our panelists.

Our panelists:

Rev. Dr. Shazetta Thompson-Hill, Associate Pastor at Christian Chapel Temple of Faith Dallas, TX.


Dr. Carey Newman, Executive Editor at Fortress Press

Thursday, April 8, 2021

African American Legacy Film Preview
Presence: A Documentary Film Examining Black Methodist Church Presence during the Ferguson, Missouri Protests

1:30-3:30 PM (EASTERN)
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This documentary film discusses the story behind the documentary coupling footage from the 2014-15 Protests in Ferguson, MO with present-day interviews of persons from the Ferguson community, outside protesters, and clergy in hopes of further understanding how the Church can better position itself to engage in the ministry of presence.  Using the lens of liberation theology, Dr. Shazetta Thompson-Hill examines, documents, and presents the Church’s presence and impact during the Protests and believes that such a presentation is vital for understanding the importance of Church presence in times of racial tension, conflict and injustice.

African American Legacy Lecture

4:00-5:30 PM (EASTERN)

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Lecturer: Rev. Dr. Shazetta Thompson-Hill, Associate Pastor at Christian Chapel Temple of Faith Dallas, TX.

Rev. Dr. Thompson-Hill is a native of Flint, Michigan.  She holds a Master of Social Work Degree from Loyola University Chicago, a Masters of Divinity from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Perkins School of Theology. Rev. Dr. Thompson-Hill is also a documentary filmmaker known for her passion for social justice and activism. Having been active in Ferguson, Baltimore, Prairie View and most recently, Flint, Michigan, she brings a fresh perspective to what it means to do ministry as the Body of Christ saying often that the Church is called to “pray AND be present.”

Our Panelists:

Dr. Leah Gunning Francis, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN.

Dr. Pamela Lightsey, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Meadville Lombard Theological School and Associate Professor of Constructive Theology.



Friday, April 9, 2021

Helen Barrett Montgomery Lecture

1:30-3:00 PM (EASTERN)
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New Modes of Healing: Connecting Earth Justice and Social Justice in Ecowomanism

Lecturer: Dr. Melanie L. Harris, Professor of Religion and Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth TX.

Dr. Harris is a graduate of the Harvard Leadership Program, she is also a former American Council of Education Fellow and Founding Director of the TCU African American and Africana Studies program. Dr. Harris’ research focuses on Inclusive Excellence, access and equity in higher education and ethical leadership. Her scholarship critically examines intersections between race, religion, gender and environmental ethics.  She is the author of many scholarly articles and books including Gifts of Virtue: Alice Walker and Womanist Ethics (Palgrave), Ecowomanism: Earth Honoring Faiths (Orbis) and co-editor of Faith, Feminism, and Scholarship: The Next Generation (Palgrave) as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Harris earned her PhD and M.A. degrees from Union Theological Seminary in The City of New York, an M. Div. from Iliff School of Theology and a B.A. from Spelman College.