Experts Directory

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Dr. Ibrahim Adburrahman Farajajé is Starr King’s Director of the Starr King Luce Project for Multi-religious Theological Education, Provost and Professor of Cultural Studies and Islamic Studies.

Farajajé specializes in historical and cultural studies of the world’s religions, especially Christianity, Islam and the faiths of the African Diaspora.

A practicing Sufi, Farajajé is an active member of an Oakland, Calif., mosque. His documentary, “Oceans of Mercy: African American Sufi Muslims in the San Francisco Bay Area,” followed six African American Sufi Muslims to learn the personal meaning of their paths to faith.

Farajajé’s work also focuses on gender, sexuality and religion; bodies and religions; as well the intersection of popular culture and religion.

Read Dr. Farajajé’s work.


The Rev. Dr. Gabriella Lettini serves Starr King School as Professor of Theological Ethics and Director of Studies in Public Ministry, overseeing the master's program in Religious Leadership for Social Change (M.A.S.C.).

A theologian and ethicist, she specializes in U.S. and global liberation theologies; feminist, womanist, mujerista theologies and liturgies; women’s studies; queer studies; theologies and films. Her doctoral dissertation, titled “The Allergy to the Other,” focused on theological and ethical perspectives on “otherness.”

Her current research also focuses on finding sources to develop and sustain a “liberating ethical imagination.” Dr. Lettini strives to embody a scholar/religious leader/activist model, integrating spirituality, theology and political advocacy.



The Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker, President of Starr King School for the Ministry, specializes in feminist critiques of Christian doctrines of the atonement, theological reflection on sexual abuse of children, religion and violence, and liberal theology.

She is currently co-writing the book Saving Paradise with Rita Nakashima Brock, her co-author of Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering, and the Search for What Saves Us, released in November 2001 by Beacon Press.

Read Dr. Parker’s work. Listen to her podcasts.



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