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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

Star Island is now hiring for 2017!
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Family Conference   /   Youth Conference   /  Registration Info


Saturday, Aug. 5 - 12, 2017

Conference Theme:" Discerning the Next Steps in Life"

The Rev. Lucy Forester-Smith will lead a week long program on a process that adults, both young and old, can use to discern who they really are, what they are willing to commit to in life and how they see themselves contributing to the global community. Rev. Forester-Smith will share stories and personal experiences from thirty years working with young adults. These steps include spiritual and reflective practices, open and non-judgmental support, and a great deal of risk. No matter your age, if you are pondering the next steps in your life or wanting to support others in the process – this is the week for you! Join us on Star Island and for this amazing week of learning, support and discovery.

Speaker: Lucy Forster-Smith, Senior Minister, Memorial Church, Harvard University

Lucy Forster-Smith
The Rev. Dr. Lucy A. Forster-Smith is Sedgwick Chaplain to the University and Senior Minister in the Memorial Church. Before joining Harvard in January 2014, she was Chaplain of the College and Associate Dean for Religious and Spiritual Life at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota for 20 years. Prior to that, she served in campus ministry positions at Carroll University, the University of Washington, and Muskingum 8 College. She has Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary and is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Her most recent book, Crossing Thresholds: The Making and Remaking of a College Chaplain (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books), was published in 2015. Rev. Dr. Forster-Smith also edited College and University Chaplaincy in the 21st Century: A Multifaith Look at the Practice of Ministry on Campuses across America (SkyLight Paths Publishing, October 2013), a collection of essays written by chaplains in higher education settings that reveals the powerful ways that chaplains are engaged with religious, spiritual and moral lives of students and the campus community.


Minister of the Week: Tom Forster-Smith
Interim Minister, Payson Park UCC, Belmont, MA

Tom Forster-Smith

Rev. Tom Forster-Smith is an ordained minister and teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Since moving to the Boston area in 2014 with Rev. Dr. Lucy A. Forster-Smith Rev. Tom Forster-Smith 9 his spouse, the Rev. Dr. Lucy Forster- Smith, Chaplain to Harvard University, Rev. Forster-Smith has served as interim pastor of the Payson Park Congregational Church in Belmont, MA. Prior to that, he has served congregations in Cincinnati, OH, Seattle, WA, Milwaukee, WI and St. Paul, MN. Father of three children, Christopher, Mara and Anna, and proud grandfather of Angelina, Rev. Forster-Smith enjoys times spent with family, photography and travel.



Star Island UCC offers scholarships.
Details on how to apply are on the Registration page.

Conference Chairs: Sara Garthwait, Sara Moriarty  (Click name to email)

Registrar: Cora Fuss, Email Registrar

Conference Fees and Registration Information

Star Gathering 2 Youth

There are 3 options for youth. You can enroll in the YES Conference which shares the island the same week as SGII, you may enroll in the SG1 Youth Conference (one week earlier) or attend the SGII family conference.

About the YES Conference

The Star Gathering 2 Family Conference will again be sharing the Island with the Youth Empowerment and Spirituality (YES) Conference, which serves a similar age group. The YES Conference welcomes anyone between 15-22 years of age. The conference is run by a staff of 8-10 young adults, ages 16-22, who handle conference planning, worship services, group facilitation, registration, and logistics, both on and off island. On Island, YES has four adult advisers and a minister, Rev. Dave Scheuneman, who are an integral part of their conference. The purpose of the conference is to provide a safe space to build a supportive community, promote personal spiritual growth, and to create life-changing experiences on wonderful Star Island. More Information on YES.

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