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 The Future of Unitarian Universalist Scholarship
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    Dear Friend of Starr King,

Creative, new intellectual work is vitally important for Unitarian Universalism to advance in relevance and effectiveness.  This is why part of the mission of Starr King School is to inspire and support emerging scholars.


    "How did Euro-American Unitarians respond to virulent anti-Chinese immigration movements in 19th century California, and how can knowing this inform our responses to immigration issues now?" asks Sheri Prud'homme.


    "What is church in the city when the face of urban poverty pushed many congregations outside of urban centers in the later 20th century?" asks Andrew Tripp.

    "Should theology still concern itself with God?" asks Myriam Renaud.


    I am pleased to announce that these questions and more will be explored April 7-10, 2011 when Starr King School for the Ministry hosts the second "Conference of Unitarian Universalist Emerging Scholars." Co-sponsored with Harvard Divinity School, Meadville-Lombard Theological School and the Panel on Theological Education of the UUA, the conference will bring together twenty UU Ph.D.students from schools across the country (Harvard, Yale, Emory, University of Chicago, Princeton, the Graduate Theological Union and more) to present their papers, dissertation chapters, syllabi and other works in progress. Responses will be provided by Dr. Ibrahim Farajaje' (SKSM), Dr. Daniel McKanan (Harvard Divinity School),  Dr. Michael Hogue (Meadville Lombard), myself (bio), and other members of the academic community.

View or print conference flier: UU Emerging Scholars Conference.pdf. Conference presentations and discussions will be open to the public. Please help us spread the word. See the full SKSM calendar of events below.

    We welcome your presence and participation.

In grace and gratitude,

Rebecca Parker
President and Professor of Theology

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If you are interested in exploring a Starr King education, or know someone who is, visit and contact our Recruitment and Marketing Director, Crystal H. Weston, at Application deadline for fall 2001 is March 1, 2011.
sksmcalendarStarr King Community Calendar of Events

Feb. 7-11, 2011

Building a House for Hope, Rebecca Parker and John Buehrens, week-long seminar

UU Ministers Association Institute at Asilomar, Monterey, CA ,

February 19, 2011

UUs for Jewish Awareness

Keynote address by Dr. Ibrahim Farajaje'

February 25-26, 2011

Lawrence Lecture and Starr King Seminary for a Day

Rebecca Ann Parker and John Buehrens

UU Church of Berkeley

March 18-19, 2011

Moral Injury in War

Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock and Dr. Gabriella Lettini

Berkeley, CA

April 1-2, 2011

Saving Paradise: New Insights into the Christian Faith

Lecture and Workshop with Rebecca Parker and Rita Nakashima Brock
, IN

April 3-4, 2011

Saving Paradise: New Insights into the Christian Faith

Lecture and Workshop with Rebecca Parker and Rita Nakashima Brock

Chicago & Oak Park, IL

April 7-10, 2011
Conference of Unitarian Universalist Emerging Scholars
Starr King School for the Ministry, Berkeley, CA

May 19, 2011

Starr King School Commencement

First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco, CA

July 22-26
Starr King President's Lecture featuring Dr. Gabriella Lettini

UUA General Assembly, Charlotte, NC


Tom Disrud and Cathy RionDan Kantner and Shams Cohen
Pictured above (l to r): SKSM Board member Rev. Daniel Kantner, student
intern Shams Cohen, Board Chair Rev. Tom Disrud, and student intern Cathy Rion. Starr King intern and supervisor gathering January 2011. 
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