Recent News


10 Years of MASC: Celebrating a Decade of Sacred Social Change

For over a century, Starr King School for the Ministry and its graduates have embodied a living legacy of theologians, activists, ministers, artists, religious educators, and lay leaders who have changed our understanding of Unitarian Universalism and progressive religion. This academic year, we will be recognizing the latest chapter in our dynamic legacy in our… Read More


Our Best Teachers

Dear Ones, Starr King School for the Ministry is dedicated to educating people for progressive religious leadership. We study and work as a community in order to counter oppressions and to create sustainable, inclusive, beloved communities. In working toward that goal, there is a lot to learn.  And sometimes, we learn our best lessons from… Read More


Continuation of the ChI-SKSM Joint Program

Dear Members of the Starr King Community, It is with great pleasure that we announce the continued partnership between Starr King School for the Ministry and the Chaplaincy Institute (ChI). In the fall of 2014, Starr King and the Chaplaincy Institute entered into a three-year partnership agreement that formulated a joint program in Interfaith Chaplaincy… Read More


Saying Farewell to Jeannie Whalen

Dear Members of the Starr King Community, I am writing to let you know that, due to personal reasons, Jeannie Whalen has resigned from her position as Executive Assistant to the President, effective immediately.  A search for her replacement will begin this week. I am certain we will all miss Jeannie’s cheerful presence and demeanor. … Read More

Sofia pulpit

Welcome to The Rev. Sofia Betancourt

Dear Ones: I’m writing with wonderful news in the life of Starr King: the appointment of The Rev. Sofia Betancourt as the school’s Assistant Professor of Unitarian Universalist Theologies and Ethics.  Sofia has served with distinction on our adjunct faculty for seven years, teaching courses on preaching as well as womanist theoethics, mujerista and Latina… Read More


Announcing the Candidates for New Assistant Professor

Dear members of the Starr King community: This morning, on behalf of the search committee, I am pleased to announce our finalists for the position of Assistant Professor of Unitarian Universalist Theologies and Ethics. They are Rev. Colin Bossen, doctoral candidate at Harvard University, and Rev. Sofia Betancourt, doctoral candidate at Yale University. Both of… Read More


I Am Starr King: Interview with Zackrie Vinczen

Zackrie Vinczen 2nd Year M.Div. Student   What inspired you to become a religious leader? A lot of it has to do with my upbringing. My family had five kids and I was the only boy. We were a poor family. Growing up we practiced Catholicism and church was always a safe place for me.… Read More


New Faculty Search Update

Dear Ones— I’m writing to let you know more about an event you may already have heard about: Starr King’s search for a new faculty member.  It was wonderful to receive so many impressive applications from well-qualified people! Right now, we’re in the home stretch of the selection process, and we’ll be announcing the names… Read More


I Am Starr King: A Tribute to Dr. Ibrahim Farajaje

On February 9, 2016, Starr King School for the Ministry’s Provost and Professor of Islamic and Cultural Studies, Dr. Ibrahim Abdurrahman Farajaje, passed away. He was a beloved teacher, colleague, friend, loved one and intersectional “scholartavist”. In addition to his intellectual prowess, activism, and revolutionary vision, Dr. Farajaje was loved far and wide for his… Read More

Ibrahim Farajaje

Our Great Loss

Dear Ones, It is with great sadness that I share the news that our beloved colleague, teacher and friend Ibrahim Farajajé died last night at Alta Bates Medical Center in Oakland.  He was surrounded by a small group of family and friends who have been keeping watch over him since Ibrahim’s massive heart attack on… Read More