Lifespan Religious Education – Faith Transformation: Growing Unitarian Universalists in a Changing World

July 15, 2017 to July 22, 2017

In our rapidly changing society, we are challenged and empowered to continue to lead with grace and authenticity, to lead from a place of strength and purpose. This week will change the way you think about your own leadership and equip you to lead through change and conflict. We’ll explore the Starfish Leadership Model as described in the book, The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations by Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom. The book provides a powerful prism for understanding the patterns and potential of self-organizing systems and of regeneration. As we navigate change and conflict, it is vital for us to understand how our community functions as an interconnected, organic system of relationships. You will gain practical skills, a wider network and an expanded view of what it means to do religious education in a changing world. Theme speaker, Rev. Renee Ruchotzke, is program manager for Leadership Development in the Central East Region. Renee believes that Unitarian Universalist values help people live better lives and create a better world. “Our organizational DNA has developed in the spirit of our being connected, yet decentralized. As the possibilities expand for different expressions of faith communities, it is important that we identify the metaphorical DNA that a faith community must include in order for it to be Unitarian Universalist. You might call it mapping the Unitarian Universalist Genome.”

Youth Programming

Our young people’s program takes place each morning from 9-12 pm and if for children from birth through high school. Engaging program for high and middle school youth include service projects, worship service, bridging ceremony, late night/overnight. Activities for younger children include building cardboard boats and holding a duct tape regatta, building and launching water bottle rockets. Other activities are visiting marine lab, environmental tours, rowing to Smuttynose, etc. In the afternoon, all activities are multigenerational. Events include island sustainability tour, tie-dying, scavenger hunt, softball, kickball and an ice cream social as softball, Yoga, Evening – bonfire, talent show, reader’s theater, musicale, bingo, Candlelight chapel service, children’s story time, family service.

Theme Speaker

Rev. Renee Ruchotzke has served as a Congregational Life Consultant in the Central East Region since September of 2010. As program manager for Leadership Development, she is responsible for providing consultation, programming and training material (including webinars and videos) on various aspects of congregational growth, leadership and congregational dynamics. She is the co-Dean of the UU Leadership Institute and plans other in-person trainings at the cluster and regional level. She writes for the Unitarian Universalist Association Blog, Growing Vital Leaders.

Minister of the Week


Program Fee



Contact Registrar Jane Clay at

Room & Board Rates

These rates include lodging, meals, and ferry transportation.

LRE Standard Shared Standard Single Motel Shared Motel Single
Adult 18+ $939 $1,264 $1,156 $1,680


Youth rates are determined by age on the first day of the program, regardless of room type.

LRE Under 6 6-11 Yrs 12-17 Yrs
Youths Free $439 $627

Ferry Schedule

Saturday, July 15
Departure: Portsmouth 2:25 p.m.
Arrival: Star Island 3:25 p.m
Saturday, July 22
Departure: Star Island 8:20 a.m.
Arrival: Portsmouth 9:45 a.m.


Registrar Jane Clay can be reached at