In a statement on the Starr King School for the Ministry website, former President Rebecca Parker responds to allegations from faculty and staff who quit over the school’s search process.
In a statement released today, the Rev. Dr. Rebecca Ann Parker, former president of Starr King School for the Ministry, responded to UU World’s story about allegations from former faculty and staff of the school concerning statements she made during the school’s search for her successor.
“In giving my opinions to the Search Committee, I expressed myself honestly and truthfully from where I sat and what I knew,” she writes. “The UU World has chosen to publish the accusation that I lied to the Search Committee in my assessment of one of the final candidates, and has suggested that this purported breach by me is ‘what really happened at Starr King’ that caused so much difficulty.”
She also writes: “If the motivation back at the beginning of the troubles in March of 2014 was to call me to account for a believed infraction of ethics, I am simply heartbroken that no one with this concern chose to address it through appropriate and available channels. Starr King School and the UUMA have established processes for grievances and for accountability.”
Read the full statement.
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Christopher L. Walton was the editor of UU World and director of the UUA’s Periodicals staff group until June 2021. He holds degrees from Harvard Divinity School and the University of Utah.
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