Ministries of Healing and Music: Meet Starr King’s Newest Students

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Starr King welcomed 19 new students in August; they gathered for orientation in Berkeley to begin making connections with their future colleagues, mentors, and friends. Meet three of them.

Stephanie Kroner: Low Residency Student

A native of the Netherlands, Stephanie lived in India, Ghana, and several European countries before moving to the U.S. six years ago. She begins her M.Div. program in low-residency from her home in Bozeman, Montana, where she teaches religious education at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Stephanie holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology and says her calling is “to contribute to a world where people feel worthy of respect and can lead a life of dignity, with more connectedness and less loneliness.”   Her choice to study at Starr King was guided by “the diversity among students and the different interests and talents they bring.” Earlier this year, Stephanie enrolled in one of our online courses, knowing that the credits would apply to a degree. “I took one online class – Spiritual Practice for These Times– and I was hooked!” she says, because “this is how I like to be stretched and challenged!”

Zachary Nusbaum: Low Residency Student

Zach grew up in Yonkers, NY and graduated from Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts in New York with a degree in religious studies. Living in Durham, NC, for the past seven years and recently engaged, he works as a manager, a DJ, and is an avid record collector.

His decision to study at Starr King crystallized during a class visit where he “was blown away” after sitting in on Rev. Dr. Dorsey Blake’s class Spirituality and Nonviolent Social Transformation. “The school’s commitment to social justice, activism, and spirituality from a multi-religious view is really needed in the world right now,” he says, and will “greatly enhance my ability to help hold space for people to heal and transform themselves [because] I know for sure that I want to work closely with the elderly, those nearing the end of life, and their loved ones.”

Pictured above: Hassaun Jones-Bey (left); Zachary Nusbaum (lower left); Stephanie Kroner (lower right); Students attending SKSM Fall 2011 Orientation (above right); Photo of Hassaun Jones-Bey by

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