Star Gathering UCC 2 Family Conference – Discerning Next Steps in Life

August 5, 2017 to August 12, 2017

“Discerning the Next Steps in Life” The Rev. Lucy Forester-Smith, Senior Minister at Harvard University, 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 with The Rev. Lucy Forester-Smith.

Theme Speaker

The Rev. Dr. Lucy A. Forster-Smith is Sedgwick Chaplain to the University and Senior Minister in the Memorial Church, Harvard University

Minister of the Week

The Rev. Tom Forester-Smith, Payson Park UCC, Belmont, MA

Star Gathering Community Building Program

We want the Star Gathering UCC to continue to grow, so we’re asking you Shoalers to bring someone with you to Star this year.

Program Fee

$115/adult, $90/child


Scholarships are available. Please contact the conference registrar for information and application form.

Room & Board Rates

These rates include lodging, meals, and ferry transportation.

UCC2 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.

UCC2 Family Under 6 6-11 Yrs 12-17 Yrs
Youths Free $439 $627


Ferry Schedule

Saturday, August 5
Departure: Portsmouth 2:25 p.m.
Arrival: Star Island 3:25 p.m
Saturday, August 12
Departure: Star Island 8:20 a.m.
Arrival: Portsmouth 9:45 a.m.


Conference chairs: Sara Moriarty ( and Sarah Garthwait (