Star Gathering Conferences

 

Star Island United Church of Christ (SIUCC) proudly supports all Star Gathering Conferences as we delve into the overarching theme of Storytelling. Join us for the fun, relaxation, community, and fellowship for all ages and abilities as we get in touch with our bodies on our island paradise!

 

Select which conference you are interested in learning more about:

Star Gathering 1 Family Conference  

Star Gathering 1 Youth Conference 

Star Gathering 2 Family Conference 

Star Gathering Family Weekend Conference

Star Gathering I Family Conference 2020

Storytelling

For the 2020 season, the Star Gathering theme for all conferences is Storytelling. More information about this theme is coming soon!

 

Past themes have included:

  • Bodies Are Beautiful - The body is complex and holy. Even naming the topic can bring up feelings, messages and worries about what God and others think of our bodies. Join us this summer on Star Island as we claim our belovedness, and lean into the idea that we are all truly made in God's image just as we are. 
  • LIVE GREEN, LOVE GREEN: Ecology, Faith & Justice -  Join our fun and supportive community as we take action towards better understanding of ecology and deepen our connection to the whole creation. New and old friendships will be cemented as we enjoy inter-generational activities, educational and spiritual programs, games, crafts, and environmental exploration on our beautiful island home. Go green with us!

Registration Opens the First of January. 

 

Programming for Children

Star Gathering I Family Conference features organized programming for children from 6 months to age 13 each morning. These programs are facilitated by trained educators and youth ministers. The organized, morning program aligns with the conference theme and also features traditional activities such as a Row to Smutty Nose and arts and crafts. Organized afternoon activities are also planned with many opportunities for inter-generational experiences.

The 2019 Minister and Speaker of the Week

Minister of the Week:                 Speaker of the Week: 

                               

 Rev. Heidi Carrington Heath       Dr. Julie Mavity Maddalena.

 

Star Gathering 1 Youth Conference 2020

 

 

For the 2020 season, the Star Gathering theme for all conferences is Storytelling. More information about this theme is coming soon!

Past themes have included:

  • Bodies Are Beautiful - The body is complex and holy. Even naming the topic can bring up feelings, messages and worries about what God and others think of our bodies. Join us this summer on Star Island as we claim our belovedness, and lean into the idea that we are all truly made in God's image just as we are. 
  • LIVE GREEN, LOVE GREEN: Ecology, Faith & Justice -  Join our fun and supportive community as we take action towards better understanding of ecology and deepen our connection to the whole creation. New and old friendships will be cemented as we enjoy inter-generational activities, educational and spiritual programs, games, crafts, and environmental exploration on our beautiful island home. Go green with us!

Registration Opens the First of January.

Star Gathering II Family Conference 2020

Storytelling

For the 2020 season, the Star Gathering theme for all conferences is Storytelling. More information about this theme is coming soon!

Past themes have included:

  • The Body: A Vehicle of Justice, Advocacy & Peace - It's how we experience the world. Whether we sing, speak, celebrate or mourn, the body is the worldly vessel for the spirit. It's an agent for activism - how we protest, how we demand change. Now more than ever it is the time to use our corporeal selves to speak our spiritual truth.
  • LIVE GREEN, LOVE GREEN: Ecology, Faith & Justice -  Join our fun and supportive community as we take action towards better understanding of ecology and deepen our connection to the whole creation. New and old friendships will be cemented as we enjoy inter-generational activities, educational and spiritual programs, games, crafts, and environmental exploration on our beautiful island home. Go green with us!

Registration Opens the First of January.

 

Programming for Children

Star Gathering II Family Conference features organized programming for children from 6 months to age 13 each morning. Here, we will honor and respect the children and look to them as sources of wisdom, yet strive provide an atmosphere wherein their naturally playful reverence can emerge. Their program will integrate activities directly related to our themes with games and arts; all with a focus on community building, relationships, and mutual appreciation. The children will have an opportunity to participate in chapel on two occasions during the week or of course more if they prefer. 

Youth Programming

Star Gathering II Family Conference shares the island with the Youth Empowerment and Spirituality (YES) Conference. This conference is open to anyone ages 16-22. For more information as well as registration information, please visit the YES Conference website.

The 2019 Minister and Speakers of the Week

Minister of the Week:     

           

Rev. Matilda Cantwell         

 

Speakers of the Week:   

                    

Vahisha Hasan               Tracy Howe Wispelwey

Star Gathering Family Weekend Conference 2020

Storytelling

For the 2020 season, the Star Gathering theme for all conferences is Storytelling. More information about this theme is coming soon!

Past themes have included:

  • The Spiritual Connection: Body, Mind & Spirit - Join us for a fun and spiritual Labor Day weekend of Star Island as we learn techniques to eliminate pain and stress from our bodies through meditation, yoga and the healing power of vibrational sound. 
  • LIVE GREEN, LOVE GREEN: Ecology, Faith & Justice -  Join our fun and supportive community as we take action towards better understanding of ecology and deepen our connection to the whole creation. New and old friendships will be cemented as we enjoy inter-generational activities, educational and spiritual programs, games, crafts, and environmental exploration on our beautiful island home. Go green with us!

Click here to Register. 

The 2019 Speakers of the Week