Thanks to the community, friends, students, alumni/ae, faculty and staff who joined together to make the CRCDS Spring Lectures, “The Power of Stories: Resist, Reclaim, Resurrect” a great success!

Over 150 people participated in the lectures, exhibits and reunion events. The Saint John’s Bible attracted enthusiastic visitors who marveled at the exquisite beauty and profound message. The Christian Faith and LGBT Experience Exhibit, created by current CRCDS student, Pastor S. Brae Adams (M.Div. candidate ’18), was both moving and inspiring. 

We extend special thanks to our guest lecturers, Pastor S. Brae Adams, Dr. Christopher Evans, Dr. Christopher House and Tim Ternes, as well as Ms. Cynthia Iannaccone from University of Rochester Memorial Art Gallery who provided calligraphy demonstrations. One of the many lessons from the week is that we all have so many stories to tell. We are truly grateful to those who showed us how to share our stories in powerful and impactful ways.

A special congratulations and thank you to the Class of 1968 attendees who celebrated their 50-year reunion as well as those celebrating their 25th (class of 1993), 10th (class of 2008) and and 5th (class of 2013).

Please save the date of our Fall 2018 Lectures, “Courage: to speak, to hear, to act,” October 1-4, 2018. You don’t want to miss Dr. Micah White who will be giving the African American Legacy lecture or Rev. Abi John who will give the Christian Faith and LGBT Experience lecture or the Janice Lynn Cohen Symposium that will discuss neonatal palliative care from medical, emotional and spiritual perspectives. More details will follow in the near future.

Viewing the first book of the Saint John’s Bible are:

From left to right: Rev. Heidi Tyler (Immanuel Congregational UCC), Senior Rabbi Peter Stein (Temple B’rith Kodesh), Rev. Byron Roy (Episcopal SeniorLife Communities), and Rev. Gordon Webster (Greater Rochester Community of Churches),