On Tuesday, September 4, graduates, students, faculty/staff, trustees, and friends of SKSM gathered in the Fireside Room for the Fall 2018 Opening Convocation. We heard from both of our current Presidents: Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt and Elle Parks (the 2018-2019 Student Body President). Rosemary Bray McNatt, Linda Laskowsi (Trustee), Bishop Yvette Flunder (Trustee), Rev. Lauren Van Ham (Chaplaincy Institute), and Rev. Mary Foran (President of the Pacific Central Chapter of the UUMA & SKSM graduate) provided greetings and blessings for the new academic year. Rev. Dr. Chris Schelin (Dean of Students) said a prayer for the new year as well. We heard readings by Rev. Chris Long (Faculty), Linda Laskowski, and Bishop Yvette Flunder, as well as a powerful reflection from Rev. Dr. Gabriella Lettini (Academic Dean of Faculty). The program ended with a heartfelt tribute to Sarah Ebster and her lasting impression on the SKSM community.
Special thanks to Kiya Heartwood, Andrew Jamieson, and the SKSM Choir for providing beautiful music for this special Chapel.