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

2020 Theme: Storytelling

“I love to tell the story, because I know it’s true,” Katherine Hankey’s hymn goes. We explore storytelling as a way of telling truths, binding communities, and recording struggles. Our guides will be Rev. Ned Allyn Parker, and storyteller Andre Keitt. Ned works at Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School and has written about the life-giving, life-saving power of shared stories. Andre will weave the stories of his African American family’s strong bonds, telling of their struggles during the racial challenges of the past, and the victories that make bright futures possible. He invites attendees to bring inspirational family pictures and their own families’ stories of striving and thriving. We look forward to seeing where the stories take us.

 

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!

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Programming for Children

Kids from birth to entering 8th grade enjoy games, crafts, learning, and exploration of Star Island with their friends in teacher-led groups for 3 hours every morning. Fun activities for all ages are scheduled throughout the afternoon and evening — examples include slip-n-slide on lawn, field games, kickball, tie-dye, softball, swimming, crafts, board games, trivia, and bonfire marshmallow roasts!

The 2020 Minister and Speaker of the Week

Minister of the Week: Rev. Ned Allyn Parker

Speaker of the Week: Andre Keitt

Star Gathering 1 Youth Conference 2020

 

 

2020 Theme: Tell Me A Story!

We’re going to unpack our modern myths and the ways they comfort and confine is. We’re going to trace the stories of our family and community. We’re going to tell the story of our faith. We’re going to write the story of our individual lives. We’re going to witness the ways our stories are inextricably connected to one another, by virtue of experiencing Star together.

The Youth Conference welcomes everyone entering 9th grade through newly graduated high school seniors for fun, relaxation, bonfires, lime rickeys, games, softball, swimming, and life-long friends!

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!

Click Here to Register.

Star Gathering II Family Conference 2020

Storytelling

Everyone is a storyteller. Come explore storytelling as a spiritual discipline and healing art. We will be guided by Rev. AbbyLynn Haskell, a preacher, educator, storyteller and dedicated sailor. Her experiential workshops involve practicing the art of sacred storytelling through doodling, prayer walking, and hand dancing, as well as interactive small group discovery. Bring a favorite sacred story from the Bible or other faith traditions, or select from the ones available at the workshop. Practice the art of oral storytelling and gain insight into identifying, diagnosing, and prescribing healing stories. We are a fun-filled multi-generational conference with activities for all ages. Kids from ages 3 through high school enjoy games, crafts, and exploration of Star Island with their friends in teacher-led groups for 3 hours every morning. Fun activities for everyone are scheduled throughout the afternoon and evening — examples include yoga, tennis, softball, swimming, bonfires, music-making, and hours relaxing in a rocking-chair on the porch. The afternoon workshops on drumming, photography, acting, writing, watercolor art, and wine-tasting include something for everyone.

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!

Click Here to Register.

 

Programming for Children

Kids from birth through high school age enjoy games, crafts, learning, and exploration of Star Island with their friends in teacher-led groups for 3 hours every morning. Fun activities for all ages are scheduled throughout the afternoon and evening — examples include yoga, tennis, softball, basket-making, swimming, bonfires, music-making, and hours relaxing in a rocking-chair on the porch!

 

The 2020 Minister and Speakers of the Week

Minister of the Week: Rev. Matilda Rose Cantwell

Speaker of the Week: Rev. AbbyLynn Haskell

Star Gathering Family Weekend Conference 2020

Storytelling

Join us for a fun and relaxing Labor Day weekend on our beautiful island home! Our award-winning speaker, Valerie Tutson, will share her experience in African storytelling traditions. Join friends, new and old, as we learn how storytelling can build community and inspire action. What’s your story?

Teacher-led programming is provided for children through Middle School age and is scheduled at the same time as the adult program led by Valerie Tutson. In addition, fun activities for all ages are scheduled throughout the afternoon and evening — examples include field games, softball, swimming, crafts, board games, trivia, and much more!

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 2020 Speaker of the Week

 

 

Speaker of the Week: Valerie Tutson