The idea was that Symposium would bring together all of our community… As long as we live in these bodies, as long as we are on this earth, as long as we do this work, we cannot live in separation, because we don’t live separated lives.”
–Dr. Ibrahim Abdurrahman Farajajé
Starr King Symposium
January 13, 2018
First Unitarian Church of Oakland
685 14th Street, Oakland, CA 94612
Registration is free for current students enrolled in the course IDS-4205, which is 0.5 credits paid normally as you would another class. For community members and non-registered students, general admission is $120.00.
What is Symposium?
A tradition founded by former SKSM Provost Dr. Ibrahim Farajajé (1952-2016), Symposium is an annual gathering of our entire student body, faculty, staff, trustees, and community members. This “urban retreat” serves as a day of study, dialogue, food, art, music, community-building, service, and celebration of the Spirit of Life, as we cultivate multi-religious, counter-oppressive, just and sustainable communities.
Our Honored Teacher
This year we are thrilled to have the Rev. Meg Riley as Our Honored Teacher!
Meg serves as Senior Minister at the Church of the Larger Fellowship, a Unitarian Universalist congregation with no geographic boundary. Her wealth of experience includes founding two organizations (Faith in Public Life and Equal Partners in Faith) and serving in various leadership roles with the Interfaith Alliance, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Together we will explore the uses of technology for building extended faith-based community in the context of the 21st century “media revolution” and our rapidly changing world. Our Honored Teacher will share valuable lessons from her experiences with electronic ministry — including how to create spaces of justice, grace, and healing in an environment that lends itself to insularity, judgment, and self-righteousness — so that we may better utilize online tools to build collective stamina and commitment in tough times, like the ones we are in.
9:30-10:30am — Registration and Continental Breakfast
10:30-11:00am — Greetings and Opening Worship
11:00am-12:00pm — Keynote Address: Rev. Meg Riley
12:00-12:30pm — Q&A
12:30-1:30pm — Community Lunch
1:30-2:45pm — Workshop I
3:00-4:15pm — Workshop II
4:30-5:30pm — Conferral of Honorary Degree
5:30pm — Closing and Reception
Only water or water bottles are allowed in the sanctuary. We also ask that we all attend the entire day completely free of fragranced hair, skin, and clothing, including ‘natural’ or aromatherapy personal products. A list of fragrance-free products, including those that are especially good for people of color is given here: eastbaymeditation.org/accessibility/scentfree.html
Housing for Low Residence Students:
If you are a low residence Starr King student in need of Home Hospitality during the intersession, Symposium, and Spring Intensives, please complete this survey by December 10th.
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Fore highlights of last year’s Symposium, click here.