Star Gathering Conferences

 

Star Island United Church of Christ (SIUCC) proudly supports all Star Gathering Conferences as we delve into the overarching theme of Nourishment. 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 2022

Making, Baking, and Sharing: Nourishing Creativity and Community

On Your Mark. Get Set. BAKE! Make pastry and share it with a friend. Roll croissants while you laugh and tell stories. Knead dough and build community, or just come along for the conversation! Join us in a week long “Baking Boot Camp” under the guidance of master baker and long-time shoaler, Mary Dean. We will use our hands to create extraordinary treats as we explore the power of food to nourish body, spirit, and friendship. Bakers and baked good appreciators are all welcome. In Chapel each morning we will continue this exploration of spiritual nourishment as we focus on some of the great life lessons and teachings that happened around food in the Bible. If you think your family table has drama – wait until you hear some of these stories!

 

Past themes have included:

  • 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. We look forward to seeing where the stories take us.
  • 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 2022 Minister and Speaker of the Week

Minister of the Week: Rev. Janet Hatfield Legro

Rev. Janet Hatfield Legro, is a long time Shoaler and UCC minister. She currently serves on the pastoral staff at First Presbyterian Church in Richmond, VA. and is a spiritual director with the Richmond Hill Community. She has served in UCC, Presbyterian, Episcopal and Quaker communities with a focus on spiritual development and community engagement. Janet and her husband, Jeff, have two daughters, Maddie (27) and Meg (24).

Speaker of the Week: Mary Dean

Mary Dean has had a lifetime hunger to know God with head, heart, and hands. A graduate of Andover Newton Theological School and Connecticut Culinary Institute, Mary founded a bakery program in Connecticut that teaches job skills to at-risk youth and people with disabilities. Mary’s newest project is a social enterprise called Love and Pastry. This project explores the power of food to connect, empower, heal, bring joy, and deliver hope. Mary is also a certified plant-based chef, cancer survivor, wife to beloved Chris, and mom to Sam and Skyler. She lives in Rocky Hill, CT.

Star Gathering 1 Youth Conference 2022

 

 

Feeding Body, Mind, and Spirit

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:

  • 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.
  • 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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Star Gathering II Family Conference 2022

Nourishing a Community – Exploring Pathways to Racial Equity

We will focus on engaging in a deeper conversation around seeing and identifying privilege in ourselves and those around us. Our adult morning program will be led by Rev. John C. Dorhauer, author, theologian and 9th General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ. He works to embody the UCC’s vision of “A Just World for All” and invites others to engage in safe, meaningful, substantive, and bold conversations on race. The morning program will be complemented by chapel services that expand on this theme, led by Rev. Darrell L. Goodwin, the first Executive Conference Minister of the UCC Southern New England Conference. He brings to his varying leadership roles extensive experience in pastoral ministry and higher education. He is also the first openly LGBT black person to serve as an Executive Conference Minister in the United Church of Christ.

Past themes have included:

  • Storytelling - Everyone is a storyteller. Come explore storytelling as a spiritual discipline and healing art. Practice the art of oral storytelling and gain insight into identifying, diagnosing, and prescribing healing stories. 
  • 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!

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Programming for Children

We have programming for kids 0-8th grade from 9-noon each day. We have separate programming for teens 9-12th grade from 9-noon and also in the evenings. Depending on the age of the group, they have unique traditions. For example, our 3-5 grade group usually ends the week with a pirate scavenger hunt!

The 2022 Minister and Speaker of the Week

Minister of the Week: Rev. John C. Dorhauer

Speaker of the Week: Rev. Darrell L. Goodwin

Star Gathering Family Weekend Conference 2020

Feed Your Body, Nourish Your Soul

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