Invitation to Opening Convocation 2010

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An Invitation to Starr King’s Opening Academic Convocation

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Dear Friend of Starr King,

“Ours is no caravan of despair!” the Starr King entering class sang this week as they crossed the threshold of the School.  Our faculty, staff, and returning students welcomed them with joy.  Our new students are a powerful sign of hope.  So much news this summer has been deeply troubling – the Ground Zero Mosque controversy has unleashed a frightening groundswell of Islamaphobia; ecological and economic devastation continues in the Gulf; and blatant racism is putting immigrants at risk in Arizona.   But here at Starr King a different spirit is rising.  Our students are preparing themselves for ministry and religious leadership that will counter-oppressions, cultivate multi-religious understanding, and create just and sustainable communities.  These Unitarian Universalist commitments permeate our educational work and are inspiring a new generation of leaders.
You are warmly invited to join us for our Opening Academic Convocation this coming Tuesday, September 7, at 1:00 p.m. at the Ecumenical Center of Berkeley (2401 Le Conte Ave., 94709 –the church right next door to Starr King School.)  I will be preaching on “Connecting Beauty and Justice”, the topic I addressed this summer at the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly in Minneapolis.  Our faculty will process in their academic regalia and we will bless the beginning of this new academic year with music and prayers.

Come celebrate with us!   Or, if you can’t be present in person, send us a word of your well wishes. We need one another in these difficult days, and we need to surround our emerging leaders will blessing and support.
In grace and gratitude,

Rebecca Parker
President and Professor of Theology

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