Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice of Ministry
Greetings to you all! It is hard now to imagine life before coming to Starr King in the fall of 2005 and all that has transpired since then. Most notably, the life/ministry tools I gained while studying at the school that have fortified my strong belief that Unitarian Universalism does in fact “save lives”. In attending Starr King, and in coping with the realities of my life while in seminary (murder of a loved one, my own cancer, the passing of my beloved Father – Bang Long Jr (February 22, 2008)), and deeply engaging what I now know is my Calling in this life, I could think of no better place to have prepared for the life I am now leading. To be living as boldly as I can the Starr King pedagogy of “Educating to Counter Oppressions for a JUST and Sustainable WORLD” with a deep commitment to Unitarian Universalism and now with its dynamic and deep focus on enhancing its educational and practiced approaches to prepare all students for the multi-religious world in which we all live, I am convinced even through the hard times the school has, is and will continue to face, the Starr King approach is what the world needs now.
Since graduating from Starr King (May 2009) and being Ordained by the First Unitarian Church of Oakland (June 2009), I have been living my Calling in Madison, WI, named the worst place to educate African American elementary students and where the racial disparities between African Americans and White persons are some of the highest in our country according to recent studies by several notable reviews. Now as one of the Cohort Group Leaders and as a recent addition to the staff as a part-time Faculty Advisor, I am honored to serve this small, yet mighty school that has meant so much to my religious, spiritual and progressive leadership development. I look forward to learning with each of you.
Sincerely and in Beloved Community,