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Rochester Consortium of Theological Schools Establishes Preaching Conference

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Northeastern Seminary at Roberts Wesleyan College is honored to host the first Rochester Consortium of Theological Schools (RCTS) Preaching Conference on May 22, 2014. The RCTS is a collaborative effort of the three theological schools in Rochester, N.Y.: St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and Northeastern Seminary.

The conference is designed for open dialogue and faithful responses to the challenging questions facing the church and its leaders in the 21st century. Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, president, professor of church leadership, and director of the program of black church studies at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School will be the keynote speaker. Commenting on his topic he shares, “In order to be effective a sermon needs to address the hearers at three distinct levels: the head or the intellect, the heard or passion and conviction, and the hand or an expected and desired response. The sermonic claim is the way in which the sermon engages the listener at all three levels … going beyond the initial steps of theological analysis, contextual explorations, and biblical exegesis can help the preacher discover the core of the message to be preached, the sermonic claim.”

McMickle has authored 14 books as well as dozens of articles in professional journals and magazines. His writings appear in Feasting on the Word and Preaching God’s Transforming Justice; two recent preaching commentaries. He is a member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Board of Preachers at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.

The RCTS is committed to collaborating in ways that will benefit the schools individually and collectively, through stewardship of resources, ecumenical witness in the church and world, and theological discussion across traditions. The Presidents and Deans of the three RCTS institutions meet regularly to envision and evaluate collaborative events and programs with the following are commitments currently in place: cross-registration among the three schools, a preaching conference in May for the next 3 years:

2014 Northeastern Seminary: host site, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School: speaker

2015 St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry: host site, Northeastern Seminary: speaker

2016 Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School: host site, St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry: speaker

The conference will be at the Cultural Life Center at Roberts Wesleyan College, 2301 Westside Drive, Rochester, NY 14624. For more information, contact Maria Rambuski at 585.594.6800, by email at , or


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