Graduate Journeys

Starr King Grads Making a Difference

Many of our grads regard their years of schooling with us as among the most profound and life-changing experiences of their lives. Starr King becomes a Pole Star, a reliable compass for a life committed to leadership that is ethically grounded.

Whether their work takes the form of parish ministry, religious education ministry, community ministry, scholarship and teaching, chaplaincy, or writing, Starr King graduates change the world.

We are also proud of the outstanding leaders who have received honorary degrees from the school. View a list of SKSM Honorary Degree Recipients since 1929.

See the SKSM Graduate Association page for more information about grad activities.

Here are just a few of Starr King’s illustrious grads making news and making a difference:

Amir Kia

Amir Kia

(Islamic Studies)

Master of Arts (M.A.), 2005

Founded AgeSong residences (www.agesong.com), an inclusive, multicultural and multi-religious community for elders dedicated to a holistic and integrative approcah to elder care. Amir serves on the Board of Trustees of Starr King School.

Betty Jeanne Rueters-Ward

Betty Jeanne Rueters-Ward

Betty Jeanne Rueters-Ward is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist and most recently served as full-time Youth and Young Adult Program Coordinator at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Shelter Rock. She is a graduate of the Master of Arts in Social… Read More

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Rev. Barbara F. Meyers

Master of Divinity (M.Div.), 2004

Rev. Barbara F. Meyers originated and manages a community ministry specializing in mental health at the Mission Peak UU congregation in Fremont, CA. Rev. Meyers’ entry into ministry marked a career change after working as a computer software engineer a… Read More

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Rev. Dr. William G. Sinkford

Master of Divinity (M.Div.), 1995

Rev. Bill Sinkford was called as Senior Minister of the First Unitarian Church of Portland, Oregon in May 2010. Rev. Sinkford served as President of the Unitarian Universalist Association from 2001 to 2009.

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Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae

Master of Divinity (M.Div.), 2008

Rev. Kalendae joined the staff of First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco in 2010 as the congregation’s first Beyond Sunday minister. He was responsible for helping members nourish their spiritual growth by utilizing their gifts to provid… Read More

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Rev. Lilia Cuervo

Master of Divinity (M.Div.), 1998

Rev. Cuervo was called as the Associate Minister by the historic First Parish Unitarian Church in Cambridge, MA. Rev. Cuervo is the first Latina minister in the congregation’s 400 year history. Read the Boston Globe article about Rev. Cuervo’s installa… Read More

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Rev. Marilyn Sewell

Master of Divinity (M.Div.), 1987

Rev. Sewell is the subject of a documentary film “Raw Faith” which had its world premiere at the Nashville Film Festival in 2010. “We had listened to Marilyn Sewell preach at First Unitarian Church in Portland for years”, said the producers of the film… Read More

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Rev. Peter Morales

Master of Divinity (M.Div.), 1999

Elected President of the Unitarian Universalist Association, June 2009. Morales campaigned on a promise to make Unitarian Universalism “the religion for our time.” Read more about Peter’s election in UU World magazine and his most recent visit and disc… Read More

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Rev. Robert Fulghum

Author Robert Fulghum has published eight best-selling books of non-fiction, including:  All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten, It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It. After college and a brief career with IBM, he returned to graduate schoo… Read More

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Rev. Sofia Betancourt

Master of Divinity (M.Div.), 2003

Interim Minister of First Unitarian Church of Fresno, CA. Past minister of the First UU Church of Stockton, CA, and former Director of Racial and Ethnic Concerns for the Unitarian Universalist Association. Sofia is pursuing a Ph.D. at Yale in Religious… Read More

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Revs. Benjamin Maucere & Holly Horn

Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Rev. Holly Horn - 1984, Rev. Benjamin Maucere - 1991

Presided at the wedding of 17 same-sex couples who traveled together by bus from Missouri to be married at the UU Society of Iowa City, IA. Read the full story in UU World.