Dear Starr King Friends,
If we had a bell, it would be ringing joyously to mark the start of a new academic year at Starr King School for the Ministry. As I write, we are in the midst of orienting twenty-five new students. Im impressed at the experience, passion, and commitment they bring as they begin their preparation for Unitarian Universalist ministry and/or religious leadership for social change. Good energy and good spirit is in the air at Starr King: enrollment is high, support from friends and donors is holding strong in these tough economic times, and the implementation of our new educational model is entering its second year of success.
One key feature of our new educational model is its emphasis on mentoring/advising. To meet the needs of our growing enrollment, Im delighted to announce that Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock has accepted a part-time visiting professor appointment for this academic year. Internationally esteemed for her leadership in Asian-American theolog`y, Dr. Brock is an award-winning author and a seasoned educator, with wide-ranging experience in church life, publishing, social justice work, and the academy. She will be serving on our core faculty, mentoring and advising students.
Another key feature of our new educational model is its provision for students to study in low-residence modes through on-line courses, short-term intensives in Berkeley, field work in congregations, global immersions, and independent study under the close guidance of their faculty mentor/advisor.
A special word of congratulations to Starr King graduate, Rev. Peter Morales, the newly-elected president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (read the announcement from the UUA). We celebrate his vision for growing Unitarian Universalism as a multicultural religious community, a vision we support through theological education rooted in the Unitarian Universalist values of countering-oppressions, cultivating multi-religious life, and creating just and sustainable communities.
In grace and gratitude,
President and Professor of Theology
p.s. Starr King’s on-line courses are open to ministers, lay leaders, and students at non-UU schools. Explore lifespan worship and education in Multigenerational Ministries and Religious Education. Develop resources for ministry with BGLTQ congregants in Queers (BGLTQ), Religion & Ministry. See Course Listings and How to Register for a description of these and many other courses. Fall 2009 registration closes on Sept. 4 and classes begin Sept. 9.
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