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Star Gathering SPOTLIGHT

Registration for 2017 Conferences is now open!
Plan your 2017 Star Island visit today.

Enjoy a Vacation that is special
Star Island conferences are an escape from the busy days we face the rest of the year. The family will enjoy the activities offered daily or just spending time rocking on the porch. Use the tabs about to Learn more about the Star Gathering Family Conferences and Laity Weekend.

StarGathering Newsletter

2017-Issue 1

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Star Gathering Family Weekend

Sept 1 or 2 - Sept 4
This conference was formerly known as Laity Weekend

Conference Theme:
“The Bamboo that Bends is Stronger than the Oak that Resists"

Exploring the Capacity for Resilience through the Lens of Art, Poetry, and creative spiritual practice. Human history is a story of achievement and joy, of premature death and suffering. Natural disasters and wars, along with smallerscale threats to life and well being, have been ubiquitous, and humans always have had the task of managing responses to horror and fear. Religious beliefs and cultural rituals traditionally had specific functions of offering thanks for well-being and achievement, and of seeking relief from suffering. Throughout history, events 11 have often been framed in terms of individuals conquering adversity and surviving with resilience, triumph and progress. Our weekend at Star Island offers us an opportunity to reflect on our capacity for resilience and to try our creative means to strengthen our individual and communal resources. We will explore the power of our imagination, our intuition and gentle strength that comes from integrating body, mind and spirit. We will get inspired by reflecting on the art of Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse as models for resiliency before we venture into creating beauty through coloring mandalas, tapping into our imagination through guided imageries, bringing body, mind and spirit together in communal labyrinth walks, preparing for darker times of the year by creating our own resiliency candle and writing our resiliency psalms.

Speaker and Minister: Rev Ute Schmidt

Deborah JacksonUte Schmidt is a native of Germany and graduated from Augustana Lutheran Seminary in Munich in 1988 with a Masters in Religious Education. She is a certi ed Religious Educator and has practiced in this eld in Lutheran congregations and schools in Germany. Ute is an ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ. In 2001, Ute was Board Certi ed by the Association of Professional Chaplains. She was certi ed as ACPE Supervisor in April 2005. She received her CPE supervisory education training at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT. Ute worked as Coordinator for CPE and later as Manager 12 of the Spiritual Services Department at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA from 2003-2010. In May 2010 she received the Collaborative Leadership Award by the Nursing Leadership of Baystate Health in Spring eld. Ute served as Director of the Spiritual Care Department at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, VT for two years before returning to CT to take on the position of Coordinator for CPE at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Ute is now the manager and educator for Spiritual Care at Baystate Medical Center in Spring eld, MA. In the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE, Inc) Ute held a variety of positions on the regional and national level from chair of the Conference Planning, member of the Board of Representatives to chairing the regional Certi cation Committee in the Northeast Region of ACPE. In February 2012, she received the Emerging Leader Award from ACPE. One of Ute’s passions is the Labyrinth. Ute trained with the Rev. Lauren Artress in San Francisco, CA in 2006 and received a certificate as Labyrinth Rev. Ute Schmidt 13 Facilitator through Veriditas. Since then, Ute has facilitated many Labyrinth workshops for stress reduction and spiritual growth in churches, acute care 14 and rehabilitation settings.

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