This may be my Southern and East Coast associations showing, in my twenty-plus years of being a Unitarian Universalist, Starr King School for the Ministry has always been "that school." You know, the funny one. The one with a penchant for curly, spirally graphics. The one that's so serious about language -- remember the poetry-filled course catalogs from the 80s? -- but too often lacks a sense of self-awareness or irony. The one that pushes buttons nobody else does.
I recall being at a General Assembly -- so this had to have been a few years ago -- when another minister held up a SKSM promotional button that read "Why Starr King?" We looked at each other, speechless. I forget which of us said, "I've been trying to figure that out for years."
But no harm, no foul, as they say. Some SKSM grads are quite good ministers.
But the recent dustup at PeaceBang, which has spilled farther than any of us might have guessed, makes me question the character of the education SKSM provides its students more than ever before. Since SKSM needs and expects Association-wide funds, I think a frank exchange of views is long overdue.
Let the record speak for itself. As before, but only for the moment, I'm speechless.