Spring Semester Begins

Dear Friends of Starr King,

The spring semester begins today at Starr King School and the school is bursting with energy and life. A new season of growth is in the air!

Meeting on retreat over the Martin Luther King weekend, our board of trustees, faculty, and key staff pondered carefully the future prospects for the school and our mission: to educate people for Unitarian Universalist ministry and progressive religious leadership for society. We looked at the financial and human challenges ahead. We reviewed plans to implement our new educational model, designed to embody Unitarian Universalism at its best and open the school to new ways of engaging students.

The path ahead asks a great deal of all of us. With courage and hope, we are ready to take it. Here is what we decided:

  • Over the next six years, we will shape Starr King School into a financially and humanly sustainable school that will serve as an exemplary center for theological learning and religious leadership;
  • We will launch the new educational model; address short and long-term funding needs; revitalize SKSM’s public relations and recruitment programs; and reorganize key structures of the board of trustees for the next phase of creative work ahead.

To begin living into our new education model, the board approved two educational policy changes:

  • Prospective students may now take graduate level on-line courses at the school as a first step towards entering a degree program. Credits and fees will transfer into the degree program. To read more about our on-line courses, click here.
  • Master of Divinity students (M.Div.) may now do as many as two-thirds of their credits in low-residency modes — online and through field work. Master of Arts in Religious Leadership for Social Change students (M.A.S.C.), can do as many as half of their credits in low-residency modes.

March 1 is the deadline for fall 2008 admission to our degree programs. For more information, click here.

I invite you to spread the good news of Starr King School to prospective students and to consider taking an online course yourself! We welcome your involvement, caring and support.

I welcome your comments and reflections; please respond to this message by emailing me at rparker@sksm.edu.

In Peace,
Rebecca Parker
President and Professor of Theology

510 845 6232 ext. 112
rparker@sksm.edu

To make an on-line contribution to Starr King’s mission click here.

starr king is a member school of the graduate theological union