On Saturday, May 21, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2022 on a virtual platform. Two years ago, we would not have guessed that we would still have a need to gather our graduates, their family and our friends in this way but are, however, grateful for technology and the ability to celebrate our graduates with excellence and out of an abundance of care and concern for the health and safety of us all. The graduates were honored in prayer, song, scripture, and remembrances.
The commencement address was delivered by Dr. David P. Gushee. Dr. Gushee is a Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics at Mercer University and Chair of Christian Social Ethics at Vrije Universiteit (“Free University”) Amsterdam/IBTS. In his address titled "Tell Them About the Real Jesus," Dr. Gushee challenged the CRCDS community, including graduates, to advance a Christ-centered ministry that never shies away from the name of Jesus or passionate devotion to Jesus but precisely because of the centeredness and devotion advances work for justice and peace in communities and the word.
Dr. Gushee is the elected Past-President of both the American Academy of Religion and Society of Christian Ethics, signaling his role as one of America’s leading Christian scholars. He is author, coauthor, editor, or coeditor of more than 25 books and over 175 academic book chapters, journal articles, and reviews. His most recognized works include Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust, Kingdom Ethics, The Sacredness of Human Life, and Changing Our Mind. His new book, After Evangelicalism, charts a theological and ethical course for post-evangelical Christians, a course he more personally relates in memoir, Still Christian. All together his books have sold over 100,000 copies and been translated into a dozen languages.
The Class of 2022 began their celebration weekend the day prior in their Baccalaureate services where they shared Holy Communion and reflected on their CRCDS experience.
You can view the recordings of both events on the CRCDS ON-DEMAND page HERE.