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Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt

A Mix of Disappointment and Hope

Dear Ones, I write this letter with a curious mix of disappointment and hope in the wake of two articles in the press about Starr King that focus on the breach of confidential information that occurred during last spring’s presidential search. I am disappointed because, though I knew they would have to give an update… Read More

Rosemary Bray McNatt

A Progress Report — Message from President Rosemary Bray McNatt

Dear Ones– I am writing with news from the Chair of our Board of Trustees, Helio Fred Garcia, concerning last spring’s ethical breach. You may recall that the board voted to convene an ad hoc committee to conduct an inquiry into the events surrounding the presidential search, events that included an anonymous and unauthorized release… Read More


SKSM Consultation on Queering the Study of Islam

as-salaam aleikum! In 2013, a small group of us gathered by phone, SKYPE, and in  person to start planning a consultation by and for transgender Muslims. At that time, we decided that it would be important to eventually have a queering the study of Islam consultation. On 27/28 February 2014, the Starr King School for… Read More


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

Rosemary Bray McNatt

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