A Joyful Moment

Rebecca Parker

Dear Starr King Friend,

We have joy to share!  Twenty inspiring new religious leaders graduated from Starr King at our recent Commencement celebration.  We sent them forth with exuberant songs and prayerful blessings.  You can catch a glimpse of the spirited celebration in the brief video montage of pictures and music below.

Starr King’s graduates will be “blessing the world in the Spirit of Love” as Unitarian Universalist ministers, Interfaith Chaplains, spiritually-based social justice activists, scholars and teachers.  I give deep thanks for each one. Among our graduates were seven who received our Master of Arts in Religious Leadership for Social Change.  Check out our video that introduces this exciting degree program!

Masters in Social Change program at Starr King Schol for the Ministry

Masters in Social Change program at Starr King School for the Ministry


We also rejoiced to award honorary doctorates to two distinguished progressive religious leaders: Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, leader of the Interfaith Alliance, and Rev. Dr. Phillip C. Lawson, leader of the East Bay Housing Coalition.  Our honorees have each devoted a life-time to ministries that promote religious freedom, justice, interfaith understanding, and compassion. Read more about them here.

Starr King Commencement 2013 Slideshow

Starr King Commencement 2013 Slideshow


Starr King Symposium 2013

Joanna Macy

Joanna Macy

As Starr King’s academic year rounds to a close we are looking forward to living into our “Emergent Educational Design” with our second annual Symposium coming up August 28-29.  Dr. Joanna Macy will be our honored teacher for Symposium 2013 “Loving Our Earth”, which will be an urban retreat on environmental justice held in Oakland, Ca.  Symposium 2013 will be convened by Dean Gabriella Lettini in collaboration with Rev. Kurt Kuhwald, and other Starr King faculty members and community leaders.

Gabriella Lettini

Gabriella Lettini

Symposium 2013 is open to all Starr King’s graduates, donors, and friends.  Save the dates and consider joining us for two days of study, dialogue, ritual celebration, food, music, art and community building celebrating the Spirit of Life, and advancing our work for “multi-religious, counter-oppressive, just and sustainable communities.”  More details will be forthcoming later this month.

UU General Assembly 2013

We hope to see those of you attending GA in Louisville, KY, June 19-23.

  • Stop by our booth #518 to say hello, learn more about Starr King’s Emergent Educational Design, and get a spiral tattoo!
  • Attend Prof. Michelle Favreault’s workshop “Six Words, One Image: A Worship Arts Immersion” on Thursday, June 20 at 10:45am
  • See SKSM student Caitlin Cotter deliver her award-winning sermon at the annual Interweave Banquet on Friday, June 21 at noon (a donation is requested for lunch)
  • Grads and friends please attend our annual gathering on Friday, June 21 at 5:00pm with guest speaker Rev. Rob Hardies (see Grad Association page for cost and registration info)

See Starr King at GA flyer (pdf) for all event details.

Help Us End the Year in the Black

Your support and good thoughts are always appreciated. Our fiscal year ends June 30, 2013.  Could you send $25 today?  Click here to make a secure donation.

As ever, I welcome your comments.  Please don’t hesitate to be in touch!  (rparker@sksm.edu)

In grace and gratitude,
Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker  President and Professor of Theologyrparker@sksm.edu