Working for Peace in Our Times

snapshot_bannerpeace_pole-smSKSM student Shams Cohen helps trustee Rachael Balyeat at the peace pole.

“What will you do for peace in our times?” This question was posed by third-year student Lynn Kelly as the Starr King trustees, faculty, staff and students dedicated the SKSM Peace Pole on Nov. 1 in Starr King’s rose garden. The Peace Pole was donated by the 2006-07 student body. It honors the school’s heritage of engagement with critical social and political issues, and calls Starr King community members around the globe to work towards peace.

Starr King trustee, Rev. Manish Mishra, minister at the UU Church of Saint Petersburg, Florida, thanked the students for their heart-felt and hope-filled prayers for global peace. Manish shared further reflections with the Board noting that, “I feel renewed and inspired by the beautiful worship service organized by the students. The worship they lead us in is always so meaningful.” Manish suggested to the Board that it worship with the student body everytime it is in session at SKSM. Other trustees responded enthusiastically.

Starr King’s Board of Trustees, in Berkeley for its annual fall meeting, focused on refining the school’s new educational model. Small group conversations among trustees, students, staff and faculty fleshed out details of the model, which features in-residence learning, online courses, and fieldwork in congregations and non-profit agencies. Central to the educational vision is Starr King’s commitment to advance multi-faith understanding, counter oppressions, and foster vital congregations and ministries.
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