Doing the work to create a better and more just world is essential to the call of religious leadership, particularly during these critical times. As a progressive theological school, we have made Educating to Counter Oppressions and Creating Just and Sustainable Communities (ECO) central to our work. We seek to advance liberation, healing, and the establishment of a just and sustainable society by enabling people to gain the knowledge, experience, skill, and religious understanding they need to address intersecting forms of violence and oppression in communities around the world. We invite you to further explore how our educational philosophy and model prepares our students for the work they are called to do.
At Starr King, we are proud of our long and inclusive history. We opened our doors in 1904 to fulfill the need for liberal theological education in the western United States. From our beginning, we have welcomed students from all denominations, faiths, cultures and parts of the world who felt called to serve the common good. Starr King has evolved significantly over its more than 100-year history, yet we have held fast to our commitment to prepare our students to become the religious leaders our world desperately needs. Our mission is to educate people for Unitarian Universalist ministry and progressive religious leadership and is grounded in our commitment to counter oppressions and create a just and sustainable society.
Whether you are at the beginning stages of exploring a degree program or ready to apply, we offer many ways to learn about our programs, school, and community. We invite you to meet with an admissions advisor by phone, video conference, in-person, or join us for our monthly online Open House. We also encourage you to schedule a visit to our campus in Berkeley, California, where you can meet with an admissions advisor, sit in on a class, and explore our campus and community at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU). Whatever questions you may have, we can offer support in your discernment process. Please complete the “Get More Info” form above and an admissions advisor will contact you to coordinate a time that works best for you.
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Haewon S. H.
“My journey through Starr King was a transforming experience. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be part of the beloved community. I learned so much about justice and myself it completely changed my ministry. I miss SKSM!”
“I am a better human for coming to Starr King. I have a deeper understanding of the world and feel a much more profound connection to God. The teachers, advisors, staff, and students really dedicate themselves to this work. It is amazing how much time and attention from faculty students receive. I’m grateful to havefound this place.”
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