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photo of Rebecca ParkerDear Starr King Friends,

Starr King’s Board of Trustees just concluded its fall meeting and there is good news to share.  In the midst of these tough economic times, Starr King’s future is bright. For details, read my comprehensive State of the School report.  Here are the highlights: our enrollment is growing; contributions this past year exceeded our annual fund goal by 16%, and we are projecting a balanced budget for this fiscal year.  Looking forward, we see that our strategic goal to grow our enrollment from 70 to 100 full-time-equivalent students by 2015 will both advance our educational mission and establish financial equilibrium for the school.   If you know of a potential student who would be a good match for Starr King’s M.Div. program or our Master of Arts in Religious Leadership for Social Change, please talk with them about the School.  Encourage them to check out our website for comprehensive information about our pedagogy and processes, to join our Facebook page for real-time updates on school activities and opportunities, and to consider making a visit to the school.  Your word of encouragement might make all the difference to someone and I would be grateful to have your assistance in helping more students find their way to Starr King’s open door.

The world needs the kind of passionate, articulate, committed, and skilled graduates our educational process nurtures.  Our M.Div. degree grounds people in the fundamental practices of ministry: preaching, pastoral care, religious education, public witness, and church administration.  We provide people a deep immersion in Unitarian Universalist values, history, theologies, and worship; we foster multi-religious life and learning, and we advance people’s capacities for religious leadership that counters oppressions and builds just and sustainable communities. Our Master of Arts in Religious Leadership for Social Change (the M.A.S.C. degree) prepares people for spiritually and theologically grounded advocacy, activism and leadership and is especially geared to progressive people of faith engaged in social justice work.  Our M.A. in partnership with the Graduate Theological Union prepares people for vocations in teaching and scholarship.       In grace and gratitude,

Rebecca Parker
President and Professor of Theology

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