Community life is an integral part of study at Starr
King. The school welcomes a diverse population, including
international students and those who represent a variety
of life stages. Some have just completed college, others
have reached mid-life with considerable professional
experience. Some have raised families while others have
small children. Some are single, others partnered.
The school affirms the range of human gender identities
and sexual/affectional orientations, and celebrates
our growing racial and cultural diversity.
Most students identify themselves as Unitarian Universalists.
However, people from a variety of faith perspectives
study at Starr King. The range of Unitarian Universalists
is broad in itself and includes people with relationships
to Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism,
Religious Humanism, atheism, Feminist spiritualities,
queer spiritualities, earth-based traditions as well
as Native American, African and Asian religions.
All-school meetings are held monthly, providing an
opportunity for students, faculty and staff to gather
and reflect on a question or topic of common concern.
Chapel service takes place
every Tuesday and is led by students, faculty, staff,
trustees or invited guests. Starr King also provides
a setting for quiet meditation, daily Islamic prayer,
yoga practice, Unitarian Universalist Christian fellowship,
and UC Berkeley campus ministry gatherings.
The student body meets regularly to conduct business
and enjoy community meals and recreation. Partners and
children of Starr King students are a welcome part of
the school’s education and community life. Partners
may take one course per semester at the school free
of charge (with the permission of the instructor if
it is a limited-enrollment course).
Students participate in school governance through service
on the board of trustees and membership in a variety
of committees that determine yearly curriculum, admissions,
financial aid and chapel worship.
Shared decision-making embodies in practice the school's
respect for the expertise and wisdom that students bring
to the life of Starr King School.
Click to view the Starr King catalog in PDF format. (Note: Seminary for the Laity certificate program is no longer offered.)