Unitarian Universalist seminary is selling its campus in Berkeley, California, and moving to space at Mills College in Oakland.
Starr King School for the Ministry, which has educated people for Unitarian Universalist ministry and progressive religious leadership since 1904, is selling its property in Berkeley, California, and moving to Oakland, its president, the Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt, announced in December.
“After a review of several options and much reflection, our Board of Trustees has voted to sell our Le Conte Avenue property and to vacate the building at the close of this academic year,” McNatt said in a statement. “Yet Starr King is not the building; it’s the people. The spirit of learning and community, of prophetic witness and deep joy that is Starr King remains ever present, and will certainly follow us to our new home.”
Starr King has signed a letter of intent with Mills College in Oakland, California, to co-locate the seminary on the Mills campus starting in August 2020. In her statement, McNatt added that Mills is a nationally renowned independent liberal arts college for women and gender nonbinary students, with graduate programs for all genders. She said the decision to move “brings with it a host of opportunities that will help us grow stronger and more fully live into our mission.”
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Elaine McArdle is a UU World senior editor and a member of First Unitarian Church in Portland, Oregon. An award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, she has also written for the Boston Globe, Harvard Law Bulletin, and others.
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