The Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker

Sabbatical Minister

The Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker will be sabbatical minister and theologian-in-resident during Rev. Hardies’ sabbatical. Parker, a noted theologian, educator, social activist, minister, and musician is professor of theology emerita and president emerita of Starr King School for the Ministry at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. An ordained United Methodist minister who holds dual ministerial fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association, her publications include A House for Hope: The Promise of Progressive Religion for the 21st Century, co-authored with John Buehrens (Beacon, 2010); and Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire, co-authored with Rita Nakashima Brock (Beacon, 2008) among others.
On her work as a theologian and minister, Parker says "Legacies of violence, terror and trauma continue to bring anguish into the world. Now more than ever, people of conscience and love need to do the hard work of theological thinking that deconstructs religion that sanctions violence. We need to re-dedicate ourselves to the creation of life-giving theologies, justice-making religious communities, and joy-infusing spiritual practices. This is the calling to which my life is devoted."

Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker
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Rev. Parker joins us during Rev. Newman Moore's sabbatical.