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Starr King Symposium

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Event Type:
Starr King School for the Ministry
Location Details:
First Unitarian Church of Oakland
685 14th Street
Oakland, California 94612

An Urban Retreat - Open to All

Starr King School for the Ministry cordially invites you to its 5th Annual Symposium: Our Songs Know Who We Are.

Open to all, this urban retreat is a unique opportunity for our entire community to come together in the Spirit of Life as we begin the academic year. Join us for a day of learning, music, dialogue, ritual celebrations, food, art, music, service, and community-building celebrating as we cultivate multi-religious, counter-oppressive, just and sustainable communities. Symposium 2016 is convened by Dean Dr. Gabriella Lettini in collaboration with other Starr King faculty and community leaders.

This year we are pleased to have Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell as Our Honored Teacher. In the last year Dr. Barnwell has given a TED Talk (, appeared in a UU World article (, and been selected by President Obama to serve on the National Council of the Arts ( She is a commissioned composer, arranger, author, actress, professor, and former member of the African American female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock. For almost thirty years, and on three continents, Dr. Barnwell has led the workshop Building a Vocal Community – Singing In the African American Tradition, which utilizes oral tradition, an African world view and African American history, values, cultural and vocal traditions to build communities of song among singers and non-singers alike. Needless to say, her pedagogy is highly respected among musicians, educators, health workers, activists, organizers, and members of the corporate and non-profit sectors.

Registration is open to the general public through August 19th, and costs $125 per person. Tickets are limited and early registration is recommended. To register please visit our Symposium webpage (, and check out the recommended reading material ( Please also invite anyone who may be interested to this Facebook Eevent page!

Thank you for your support and we look forward to sharing this very special day with you!
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