Convocation 2009

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photo of Rebecca ParkerDear Starr King Friends,

This fall, at Starr King’s opening convocation, I remarked – to my own astonishment – that I am beginning my twentieth year as president of the school.  Clearly, I believe in work for the long haul!

Ministry and religious leadership are always long-haul tasks and they require spiritual stamina. The struggles for freedom and justice, the cries for compassion, mercy and healing – do not cease. Every generation must take up the tasks of its time, but nothing will be completed in our lifetime.  Ministry began before we were born and it will continue long after us. I feel privileged simply to have a part in carrying forward the long legacy of caring

I congratulate the students beginning their preparation for ministry and religious leadership this year at Starr King (see our recent Snapshot newsletter for photo and story).  They are joining a community – a communion – that crosses the generations.  In this year’s opening convocation sermon, I reflected on the importance of spiritual grounding for all of us.  We can only bear with the tasks that are larger than ourselves if we are refreshed and sustained by sources larger than ourselves. If you’d like to read the sermon, it is posted here Convocation Sermon 2009.pdf.
Starr King convocation

Starr King School for the Ministry itself is beginning its one hundred and fifth year.  Having attained a venerable age, you might think the School would be getting tired, but we are at a fresh beginning.   In this new phase of the school’s life, we are building on the best of the school’s heritage of student-centered education, and we are creatively transforming our educational work to prepare religious leaders attuned to the needs of our time, with a vision for the future.

Our mission is clear: to educate people for Unitarian Universalist ministry and for religious leadership in society.  We are here for the long haul!
In grace and gratitude,

Rebecca Parker
President and Professor of Theology

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Pictured (l to r): Faculty members Dr. Ghazala Anwar, Rev. Kurt Kuhwald, Dr. Jyotsna Sanzgiri, Rev. Michelle Favreault, Rev. Dr. Dorsey Blake, and Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker. Photo by Felice Gold.