Star Gathering UCC 1 Family Conference – Spiritual Practices for Effective Leadership

July 29, 2017 to August 5, 2017

Consider the question, “What would make me a better leader?” Are there steps you could take, things you could do? How might you tap into your inner wisdom and God’s spirit to be your best and most effective self? These are questions that are pertinent to each of us as we lead in our various spheres of influence. Whether as a parent, a community organizer, a co-worker or an activist, each of us can learn how to lead more effectively by engaging in spiritual practices that encourage us both to take an action and also to reflect. The Rev. Debora Jackson, Executive Director of the Minister’s Council of American Baptist Churches and former COO of an energy services technology company, will share her wisdom and experience from years of work as a software engineer, consultant to corporate leaders and minister in Christian community. Rev. Jackson will guide us through a week of practices that will help us clarify our goals; better align our actions with our ideals and our faith; re-affirm our purpose and direction; and strengthen our resolve for future action. Could you benefit from such learnings? Please join us for an amazing week on Star Island and this important morning program. Regardless of your leadership role, as you learn this process, you will increase your effectiveness and restore your well-being.

Programming for Children

Star Gathering One also features a Youth Conference for kids entering 8th grade to those who are just graduating from high school. Please see the SG1 Youth Conference description for more details.
Star Gathering One 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.

Theme Speaker

Reverend Dr. Debora Jackson,Executive Director of the Ministers Council of the American Baptist Churches, USA

Minister of the Week

Rev. Dr. Rochelle A. Stackhouse (Shelly),Pastor of the Church of the Redeemer UCC in New Haven, CT

Program Fee

$115/adult or youth $90/child entering 8th grade and lower


Contact Bob Giles at or Conference Registrar Dawn Grobe at

Room & Board Rates

These rates include lodging, meals, and ferry transportation.

UCC1 Family 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.

UCC1 Family Under 6 6-11 Yrs 12-17 Yrs
Youths Free $439 $627


Ferry Schedule

Saturday, July 29
Departure: Portsmouth 2:25 p.m.
Arrival: Star Island 3:25 p.m
Saturday, August 5
Departure: Star Island 8:20 a.m.
Arrival: Portsmouth 9:45 a.m.


Contact C0-Chair, Christopher Gray at or
Co-Chair, Susan oGray
Registrar, Dawn Grobe –