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Dear Friend of Starr King,

Now is the time to register for a January intensive or Spring online course with Starr King School! The 2010 mid-term elections have just concluded. As our nation grapples with backlash and discouragement, we need to take a deep breath and re-dedicate ourselves to building just and sustainable communities, rooted in our spiritual values.

"How to be strategic in planning our advocacy work, how to rally people effectively," these are important questions for progressive people of faith that Professor Helio Fred Garcia will be addressing in Media Skills in Public Ministry: Preaching Beyond the Pulpit, an intensive course offered January 24-28 in Berkeley. Professor Garcia has been a leader in developing the Standing on the Side of Love campaign (read our recent newsletter)which students in this course will study as a model for bringing progressive religious witness into the public square. See Professor Garcia's engaging video introduction to his course on our website:

This is just one among a wide array of life-changing courses we are offering which are open to interested lay people and ministers as well as seminarians. Starr King's courses provide progressive people of faith with the knowledge and skills needed to create just and sustainable communities, counter oppressions, and cultivate multi-religious life and learning. I welcome you to study with us and encourage you to tell others about these opportunities!

Early registration opens today, November 8, for our January Intensive courses and Spring Online courses. Early registration closes November 19. See How to Register for a Starr King Course for details. Early registration is strongly encouraged, as classes do fill up early.

January Intensive Courses:

Preaching in a Multicultural Context
January 3-7
Sofia Betancourt

Unitarian Universalist History
January 3-7
Susan Ritchie

Her Story: African Goddesses
January 10-14
Addae Ama Kraba

The Christian Right and the Open Society
January 10-21 (9am - 1pm, 2-week intensive)
Darcy Baxter

Women, Spirituality & Social Change
January 18-21
Liza Rankow

Media Skills in Public Ministry: Preaching Beyond the Pulpit
January 24-28
Helio Fred Garcia

Spring Online Courses:

Global Religious Traditions
Carmen Lansdowne

Systems Thinking for Religious Leaders
Helen Bishop

Our Theological House: An Introduction to Theology for Unitarian Universalists
Darcy Baxter

Aging and Religious Leadership
Devorah Greenstein

Congregational Polity
Mark Harris

Universalism: History, Theology, and Practice
Jeff Wilson

Mental Illness and Oppression in the U.S.
Devorah Greenstein

For a complete listing of course descriptions, visit our website at Spring 2011 Online Courses and Intersession January 2011 Courses.

In grace and gratitude,

Rebecca Parker
President and Professor of Theology

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Starr King was pleased to host the Rev. Mark Kiyimba, minister of the Unitarian church of Kampala, Uganda, for a discussion of human rights in Uganda and the government sponsored persecution of LGBT people. The Kampala Central Unitarian Church is one of the few congregations in Uganda that openly welcomes and includes LGBT people. The church sponsors social action missions such as an Orphanage School for 550 children living with HIV/AIDS. See photos of Rev. Kiyimba's visit to the school, below.

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