Announcing Starr King Certificate Program

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photo of Rebecca ParkerDear Starr King Friends,

As summer begins to round into fall, I am pleased to announce that Starr King School for the Ministry is launching two new certificate programs:

The Certificate in Unitarian Universalist Studies, directed by Dr. Susan Ritchie, is ideal for seminarians attending non-UU schools, enabling them to study the full complement of Unitarian Universalist topics relevant to ministry and religious leadership and expected by the Ministerial Fellowship Committee.  Students will earn the certificate through selecting six courses from Starr King’s wide array of courses in UU theologies, UU history and polity, UU social justice priorities, the philosophy and practice of liberal religious education, global religious traditions, ministry, spiritual practice, and congregational life.

The Certificate in Multi-Religious Studies, directed by Dr. Ibrahim Farajaje’, engages students in exploring the intersections and interactions among the world’s diverse religious traditions, through six courses.   It embodies the Unitarian Universalist affirmation of religious pluralism and opens a pathway for students of any faith to broaden their understanding of other religions and equip themselves for promoting peace and creative interchange among diverse traditions.

Either certificate can be earned entirely on-line.  It is also possible to meet the certificate requirements through a combination of on-line, residential and short-intensive courses.  The student can choose the approach that best suits their goals and circumstances.

Certificate students will study with Starr King’s exceptional faculty, distinguished for their scholarly expertise, their wisdom and experience in ministry and religious leadership, their creative use of progressive educational approaches, and their passion for education that counters oppressions, promotes just and sustainable community, and liberates each person’s gifts and capacities.

Interested students may enroll now (see How to Register) for courses this fall. Registration is open from Aug 23 to Sep 3.  Certificate students will pay tuition on a course-by-course basis.   Starr King M.Div. and M.A.S.C. students may pursue either certificate as part of their degree program.

In launching these new certificate programs, Starr King is opening the doors of progressive/Unitarian Universalist theological education to more students.  We do so in devotion to our mission to educate people for Unitarian Universalist ministry and for progressive religious leadership in society grounded in the values of countering oppressions, creating just and sustainable community, and cultivating multi-religious life and learning.
In grace and gratitude,

Rebecca Parker
President and Professor of Theology

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Registration is open now, from Aug 23 to Sep 3, for fall semester online and residential courses. See our Fall Course Listing page and How to Register for details.

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