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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


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

Mandy Goheen

I Am Starr King: Interview with Mandy Goheen

Mandy Goheen 3rd Year M.Div. Student   What inspired you to become a religious leader? I was as a volunteer with an interfaith community-organizing group around economic justice in the (Washington) DC metro area. The work in my county was specifically around foreclosure caused by predatory lending. By taking on GE, Bank of America, and… Read More


I Am Starr King: Interview with Som Pourfarzaneh

Som Pourfarzaneh Graduate of Starr King (MASC, 2007) What inspired you to become a religious leader? I went to Cal (UC Berkeley) for my undergraduate degree and I studied integrative biology. I was excited about what I was doing in terms of the academic study. I knew that I wanted to be in the academy… Read More

Jane Kolmodin

Welcome to Jane Kolmodin

Starr King School for the Ministry is proud to announce that Jane Kolmodin is now serving as Vice President for Finance & Administration. Jane is a second generation Bay Area native, raised in the East Bay, and has not ventured beyond the peninsula for residence. She is a firm believer that life in the Bay Area is… Read More


Starr King Co-Sponsors Day of Action Against Islamophobia

On December 17, 2015, Starr King School for the Ministry answered a call to action by co-sponsoring an inter-faith day of Solidarity Against Islamophobia with Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union (GTU). Sparked by a national conversation on terrorism and Muslim’s rights, the event featured a panel discussion, joint statement denouncing hateful rhetoric, and multi-religious prayer vigil culminating at Zaytuna College, the first Muslim… Read More

Amir Kia

I Am Starr King: Interview with Amir Kia

Amir Kia Graduate of Starr King (2005) Former Board Member Founder of Agesong and Spirit Living Group   What was it like to be the first student to earn the Common M.A. in Islamic Studies through the GTU and Starr King? I applied to various programs and interviewed with different departments and professors and I think what… Read More

Eric Schuman Fam

I Am Starr King: Interview with Eric Schuman

Eric Schuman Annual Donor Intersession Student Can you tell us about your relationship with Starr King? I attended my first general assembly in Boston in 1969 and I wrote to Bob Kimball, who was President of Starr King at the time, and asked to meet with him. We had lunch together on a park bench… Read More


I Am Starr King: Interview with Dr. Hugo Córdova Quero

Dr. Hugo Córdova Quero Director of Online Education Adjunct Faculty Why did you decide to become a religious leader? I think it runs in the family. My great grandfather was a minister, my two grandfathers were ministers, and my father and mother were ministers. So it was logical for me to become a minister. I… Read More

Jan Hutslar

I Am Starr King: Interview with Jan Hutslar

Jan Hutslar 2nd Year M. Div. Student   What inspired you to become a religious leader?  I wouldn’t exactly say that when I started out on this path I was inspired. It was more like it opened up and I fell into it. I started out working as a Director of Religious Education and that… Read More