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Members of the Faculty of Colgate-Rochester Divinity School

The Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School is a seminary in Rochester, New York affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA. The school is progressive and ecumenical in theology, with Baptists, United Methodists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians and members of other denominations on its faculty and in its student body. The school also shares a partnership with Bexley Hall Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, an Episcopal seminary. It is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools. Notable faculty include Walter Rauschenbusch (1861–1918), Baptist pastor and theologian integral to the Social Gospel movement, and Conrad Henry Moehlman (1879–1961), church historian. Notable graduates include Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969), one of the most prominent liberal ministers of the early 20th century.


Closing Prayer for New Year’s Day, adapted by Mordecai Kaplan & Eugene Kohn from a prayer by Members of the Faculty of the Colgate Divinity School (1947)

Contributed on: 22 Dec 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Eugene Kohn | John Paul Williams | Mordecai Kaplan | Members of the Faculty of Colgate-Rochester Divinity School |

This “Closing Prayer” for New Year’s Day was adapted by Mordecai Kaplan and Eugene Kohn from a prayer first published by unnamed “Members of the Faculty” of the Colgate-Rochester Divinity School (The Colgate-Rochester Divinity School Bulletin, “Prayers for the New Year,” vol. 19 no. 2 (1947), pp. 65-71). Kaplan & Kohn’s adapted prayer essentially contains excerpts from the prayer of the Faculty (excluding any with explicit Christian content). The adapted prayer was published in The Faith of America: Readings, Songs, and Prayers for the Celebration of American Holidays (Jewish Reconstructionist Foundation 1951), p. 25-26. –Aharon Varady . . .

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