Recent News


Dr. Ibrahim A. Farajajé to give talks on Queer Muslims, Sufi Path; 9/13, 9/14.

We warmly invite you to join in two lectures given by our esteemed Provost, Professor Dr. Ibrahim Farajaje, happening this weekend.  The following are the details:  Saturday, September 13 : Museum of African Diaspora Dr. Farajajé will be the featured speaker for the Museum of African Diaspora lecture series, “Scholarly Voices:  Across the African Diaspora.” … Read More

Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt

Difficult News — Message from SKSM President Rosemary Bray McNatt

Dear Ones— I write today with difficult news in the life of the school, and in the wake of the events of last spring surrounding the presidential search.  In writing to our community on May 19th, our board chair, Fred Garcia, committed to an inquiry into the causes of the breach of confidential information that… Read More


Welcoming News — Message from SKSM President Rosemary Bray McNatt

Dear Ones– I am writing with welcome news about changes in our faculty and staff!  We’re happy to announce that the Rev. Dr. Lindi Ramsden has accepted a part-time position here as Acting Dean of Students and Community Life for the 2014-2015 academic year. Rev. Dr. Ramsden is a distinguished SKSM alumna, and has long… Read More

Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt

Season of Change — Message from SKSM President Rosemary Bray McNatt

Dear Ones— The school year has nearly begun, and Starr King shows all the signs of preparing for a new season.  Workers and staff are grooming the school grounds and redecorating rooms; faculty members are ordering books and revising their syllabi. All of us are looking forward to the school’s annual Symposium with Buddhist teacher… Read More

Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt

Greetings from SKSM President Rosemary Bray McNatt

Dear Starr King Friend, It’s been more than a week since I arrived in Berkeley and assumed the duties of President here at Starr King.  There have been lots of introductions and lots of paperwork, and a fair amount of finding my way around.  But mostly, I have been filled with great happiness because I… Read More

John Buehrens

For All That Shall Be – Yes. Message from Rev. Dr. John Buehrens

As Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker concludes her exemplary twenty-five year presidency of the School, and new president Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt steps into leadership, I am reminded of Dag Hammarskjöld’s words: “For all that has been – Thanks. For all that shall be – Yes.” Founding Starr King president Earl Morse Wilbur said long ago,… Read More

Special Messages from the Chair of the Board

Open Letter to Starr King Community from Board Chair, June 3, 2014 (pdf) Letter from Board Chair, May 19, 2014 (pdf) Letter from Board Chair, May 8, 2014 (pdf) Board Chair Responds to Strapped Student, April 6, 2014 (pdf) Presidential Search – Starr King School for the Ministry  

Signing of SKSM and ChI Joint Program Agreement.

SKSM and Chaplaincy Institute Announce Joint Program

Seven years ago, conversations between Starr King School for the Ministry and The Chaplaincy Institute began about the possibility of an affiliation between the two schools. On Tuesday May 20, 2014, a formal agreement was signed at Starr King by leaders of both institutions. Visit the program page for Chaplaincy Institute Joint Program for full details.… Read More

Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt

SKSM Board Announces Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt as next President

The next president of Starr King will be the Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt. Rev. McNatt brings unique and powerful gifts as a preacher, activist, memoirist, journalist, and storyteller. She has consistently raised a strong public voice for progressive religion and social justice.

Presidential Search News and Updates

Updates from Presidential Search Committee SKSM Board Announces Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt as next President of Starr King School for the Ministry (April 4, 2014) Finalists Visits Announced by Search Committee (March 10, 2014) January 30, 2014 update January 17, 2014 update December 10, 2014 update November 7, 2014 update Presidential Search Documents President Parker to Retire… Read More