The mission of Starr King School for the Ministry is to educate people for Unitarian Universalist ministry and for progressive religious leadership in society. Starr King School's distinctive educational approach is rooted in the Unitarian Universalist values of countering oppressions, cultivating multi-religious life and learning, and creating just and sustainable communities. Starr King School aims to educate the whole person in the service of love, compassion, and justice, through: President Rebecca Parker introduced and explained these goals in her Message from the President, February 2008 e-newsletter. In 2010, Starr King School received a ten year renewal (maximum term) of accreditation, with no notations, from the Association of Theological Schools Commission on Accrediting. The text of the ATS accreditation renewal letter and report, with recommendations, can be read here: ATS letter and report 2010. Starr King School opened its doors in 1904 as the Pacific Unitarian School for the Ministry and was incorporated in 1906 as "an institution for educating students for the Christian ministry, and especially for that of the Unitarian churches." The school's founders had identified the need for a liberal theological school in the West, one suited, said a prospectus, to the "training of ministers for their work in the very field in which they are to serve." They wanted ministers who focused on the practical realities of church life and had a vision for serving the common good. The Pacific Unitarian School for the Ministry held its first classes at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland and moved to Berkeley two years later to be near seminaries and the University of California, where students were free to take classes. From the beginning, the school welcomed students from other parts of the world and other denominations, as well as women.