Come Come, Wherever You Are: Starr King’s Courses

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Rebecca Parker

Dear Starr King Friend,

We are pleased to announce our on-line and immersion courses for Fall 2012 and our Summer 2012 courses. Consider studying with us!  Starr King’s courses are open to ministerial students at any school, to ministers seeking continuing education, to social justice activists looking for further grounding, and to any and all interested adults seeking to advance their knowledge of religion, ethics, and spirituality. These courses are applicable towards a Starr King Certificate in Unitarian Universalist Studies or a Starr King Certificate in Multi-Religious Studies.

Early registration is open now through April 27. See How to Register for a Starr King Course for details. Early registration is strongly encouraged; classes fill up early!

We welcome your help in spreading the word about Starr King’s outstanding learning opportunities. Kindly forward this announcement to others, post this information on your congregation’s website, or speak to someone you know who might benefit from studying with us.


Susan Ritchie

Susan Ritchie

Our popular “Polity Intensive at General Assembly” taught by Dr. Susan Ritchie, Starr King’s visiting professor of Unitarian Universalist History and Ministry, takes place in Phoenix, June 20-24 in connection with Justice GA.  Dr. Ritchie also leads a Boston Immersion on “Unitarian Universalist Identity in History,” October 26-29.

Graceful Leadership,” a year-long leadership development course with counter-oppressive activist Tom Bozeman and life-coach Guy Sengstock, begins with an August week-long intensive in Berkeley. An online informational session about the course will be held at 6:30pm (PDT) on Wednesday, April 18.  Please e-mail to attend.


Our fall on-line offerings include innovative courses in Unitarian Universalist religious practices, transgender issues, environmental ethics, spirituality, and Buddhism. 

Emily Mace

Barry Andrews

Inspiring instructors and the stimulating on-line community formed among co-learners make our on-line courses a transformative learning experience for all involved.  Our distinguished on-line faculty includes Dr. Barry Andrews, well-known religious educator and author of Emerson as Spiritual Guide and A Dream Too Wild; Rev. Sofia Betancourt, recent Director of Racial and Ethnic Concerns for the Unitarian Universalist Association now pursuing doctoral studies at Yale; Noach Dzmura, editor of the Lambda Literary Award-winning anthology, Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community; Rev. Chris Fry, poet, spiritual director and UU minister whose course on “Forgiveness” is praised as a life-changing experience by those who study with her; and Dr. Emily Mace, an emerging UU scholar of American Religious History and recent Ph.D. graduate from Princeton University.

The mission of Starr King School for the Ministry is to educate people for Unitarian Universalist ministry and for progressive religious leadership in society.  We educate to counter oppressions, to create just and sustainable communities, and to cultivate multi-religious life and learning.

I treasure your support and warmly invite your participation in our vital educational work.  Comments, questions, and encouraging words are always welcome!  You can reach me at

Starr King Summer 2012 Immersion and Intensive Courses

Sofia Betancourt

Sofia Betancourt


Polity Intensive at UU General Assembly

Immersion, June 20-24, 2012, Phoenix, AZ
Susan Ritchie

Graceful Leadership I

Intensive, Aug. 25-26, Sat-Sun, 9:00AM-5:00PM
Gary Sengstock and Thomas Bozeman

Starr King Fall 2012 Online Courses

Graceful Leadership II

Noach Dzmura

Noach Dzmura

Thomas Bozeman

Environmental Ethics & Liberation

Sofia Betancourt

Elements of TransThe[ ]logy

Noach Dzmura

Chris Fry

Transcendentalist Spirituality
Barry Andrews

Barry Andres

Emily Mace

Histories of UU Religious Practice
Emily Mace

Starr King and Institute of Buddhist Studies 

  • Readings in Early Buddhist Texts,
    Gil Fronsdal/Nona Olivia
  • Buddhism in the West, Scott Mitchell
  • Topics in Buddhist Thought: Women, Family, Dharma, Lisa Grumbach
  • Critical Historiography of Buddhism, Galen Amstutz
  • Buddhist Japanese III, Yufuko Kurioka
  • Works of Shinran I, David Matsumoto


Starr King Fall 2012 Immersion Courses

Unitarian Universalist Identity in History, Boston Immersion
9:00am – 5:00pm, October 26-29, 2012
Susan Ritchie

Your gifts of financial support are needed and appreciated.  You can make a gift online right now  Click here to make a secure online donation.

Donations by check may be mailed to:

Starr King School for the Ministry
2441 Le Conte Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709-1209
Attn: Donor Relations

Educating Unitarian Universalist ministers and progressive religious leaders for society since 1904.

If you are interested in exploring a Starr King education, or know someone who is, visit and contact our Recruitment and Marketing Director, Crystal H. Weston, at