Student Journeys

Starr King students come to the school from a variety of backgrounds. Each path is as unique as the person who travels it. Most are already established in professions, some are recent college graduates. Some grew up in their home faith communities, while others discovered their spiritual path as adults. Many have been active in local faith leadership. During their years at Starr King, nearly all form bonds that last a lifetime within a community committed to social justice and liberal religious leadership.

Starr King graduates are at work in diverse ways, making news and making a difference in their communities and in the world. Read about our graduates work in the world.

Nearly every year since 1994, the Francis Balázs Scholars Program has brought a Unitarian Transylvanian minister to study at Starr King for a year. Read about our Balázs Scholars.

Our current students and graduates share their stories and transformative experiences:

Abbey Tennis

Abbey Tennis

Read a sermon by Abbey Tennis (M.Div. 2014), “Tell Them I Said Yes to Life,” given at Starr King Chapel service for the opening of the 2013-14 school year. Abbey relates her transformational experience as a student of the Rumi Immersion course in Turkey.

Hassaun Jones-Bey

Hassaun Jones-Bey

“I was christened at birth with a Muslim name in a Nazarene Church in Brooklyn, where I grew up in a West Indian household in a Jewish neighborhood,” reflects Hassaun on the lifelong spiritual journey that brought him to Starr King. He embraced Islam i… Read More

Lauren Way

Lauren Way

Lauren is a student in Starr King’s MDiv program. She began seminary in the fall of 2013. Why Lauren Chose Starr King There is laughter and joy and lightness in most everything we do at Starr King. There is also respect and gravitas, but everyone here… Read More

Stephanie Kroner

Stephanie Kroner

A native of the Netherlands, Stephanie lived in India, Ghana, and several European countries before moving to the U.S. six years ago. She begins her M.Div. program in low-residency from her home in Bozeman, Montana, where she teaches religious educatio… Read More