Star Gathering I Family Conference 2018 – July 28th to August 4th

LIVE GREEN, LOVE GREEN: Ecology, Faith & Justice

Join our fun and supportive community as we take action towards better understandings 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!

During our morning program each day, we will explore what is means to be a part of an ecosystem and how our own lives can contribute to the health and well-being of the whole. As Pope Francis write, "We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental. Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature." 

If you are concerned not only for the health of our planet but also for the well-being of all people and communities, you will want to join us for this amazing program! Together, we will unpack our place and role within our ecosystems in terms of justice. We will look not only at current injustices but also what Pope Francis calls "strategies for a solution." Ecosystems will serve as a helpful metaphor for thinking about how we can affect change in our world through the different webs of influence in which we find ourselves. 

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Minister and Speakers of the Week

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       Reverend Shayna Appel                                                                Shantha Ready Alonso                                                               Reverend Dr. Brooks Berndt

 

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.

Star Gathering Youth Conference 2018 – July 28th to August 4th

 

 

This week we will be living into the Beloved in the world. We will practice living in beloved community, where there is a space for everyone. We will participate in care for creation through service projects and environmental conservation. We will walk toward loving ourselves be making space for the belovedness of God within us. We will make space for fun and joy - the joy that can cover all of this life. Come and find the wonder, transformation and joy of being beloved and naming the belovedness in another!

Star Gathering Youth provides programming for rising 9th grade youth to graduating high school seniors. From 9AM-12PM each morning, Youths meet in Brookfield for games, conversation, island adventures and community. During the afternoon there are 'pop up' activities ranging from tie-dye, pop trivia, walk&talks, painting classes, volleyball games and more! Each evening there is a special Youth-specific event such as movies, dances, bonfires, and variety shows!

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Star Gathering II Family Conference 2018 – August 4th to August 11th

LIVE GREEN, LOVE GREEN: Ecology, Faith & Justice

Join our fun and supportive community as we take action towards better understandings 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!

In these times of environmental peril, sociopolitical strife, and global upheaval, it can be hard to maintain hope and a sense of agency. However, being fully aware and awake to what it going on and maintaining hope are not mutually exclusive; in fact; one is necessary for the other.

This week we will look to religious and spiritual traditions for inspiration, and to the relevance of the Christian gospel to bring hope to the crisis that surrounds us. As Pope Francis writes, "We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental. Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature."

Thus this week; we will develop our own “integrated approach:” we will be woken up to the dangers of climate change, yet also to the source of deep hope. We will face our own fear, denial, and feelings of helplessness, yet rekindle our faith or discover new ways of being connected to the divine. We will examine ourselves as part of the whole-- the massive ecosystem of the earth--yet reflect on the ways we can be agents of change in our particular, unique ways in our own particular, unique habitats.

We will contemplate what many experience as the sacredness of nature itself, yet look to a deeper understanding of how and why many human communities have sought to pillage and steal from it, and where to go from here….

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Minister and Speakers of the Week

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Reverend Matilda Cantwell                                                                             Reverend  Jim Antal

 

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.

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Family Weekend 2018 – August 31st or September 1st to September 3rd

A Weekend of Mindfulness and SoulCollage®

The Rev. Dr. Deborah Roof, Senior Pastor at First Farish Congregational UCC in East Derry, New Hampshire, will present three half-hour interactive sessions on mindfulness, simplicity and gratitude. Deborah is a life-long learner, not only in Christian theology but also in non-Christocentric wisdom traditions. Liz Greenberg, L.I.C.S.W. and SoulCollage® facilitator, will guide you in using your intuition and inner wisdom to create a SoulCollage® Deck, "The Story of You." You will love your Deck. It is a tangible way to know yourself in your diversity and depth and you will discover wisdom within yourself that you amaze you. Creating and sharing your Deck can be a fun, profound and sacred experience.

 

Youth Programming

Depending on their ages, activities for teens and children include a family softball game, basketball and tennis, activities in the art barn and the marine lab, and participating in the Talent Show. 

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