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What is holy to you?

Star Gathering 1 UCC Youth

Saturday, August 1 to Saturday, August 8

Online Registration Opens January 1

Star Gathering 1 Youth Conference Profile

What is Holy to you? What is the Sacred? Is it your family? The Earth? God or Spirit of Life? Do you wonder what role you play in our universe? Or with the universe within yourself? These are important and exciting questions, ones that courageous and adventurous people have asked since our minds understood the wonders of our existence. Just as Jesus went into the wilderness and the Buddha sought the shade of the Bodhi Tree, we invite you to take a step away from the noise to join us on Star Island to reflect more fully on these questions. We will covenant to live together in a respectful community as we plumb the depths of our understanding of ourselves and the Divine, however it makes itself known to us. We will seek to understand how to show love to our neighbors, to strangers, and ourselves. We will not only think outside the box on these questions, but throw it away and build our own, if only for one week. This week is for those seeking to understand themselves and their world in a richer and deeper way. It is for people who know their lives are more than busy schedules, grades, and peer pressures. It’s for people who know there is Mystery in the world, and it fills them with excitement. We’re all in this together, and we invite you to join us on an incredible journey.

Youth Leader

David Clark, Andover Newton Theological School

Program Fee

$115/person

Questions?

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Changing Tides

Youth Empowerment and Spirituality

Saturday, June 27 to Saturday, July 4

Online Registration Opens January 1


YES Conference Profile

The YES Conference is an open, welcoming community for youth ages 15-22. We provide a safe space for spiritual growth and self-empowerment. It is a transformative week of adventure, thought-provoking workshops, and impromptu dance parties under the stars. Shoalers can participate in a number of different workshops; some of our common workshops include Social Justice Discussions, Softball, and Arts & Photography. We have nightly worships, as well as all conference activities such as an Improv Night and our ‘Coffee House’ talent show.

Minister of the Week

Rev. Dave Scheuneman, Studio Zero, Las Vegas, NV

Program Fee

$85 per person

Scholarships

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Questions

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Adulthood in the 21st Century: Stars or Islands?

Star Gathering 2 UCC Youth

Saturday, August 8 to Saturday, August 15


Online Registration Opens January 1


Star Gathering 2 Youth Conference Profile

Fact: The universe is expanding at an accelerating rate. This means that the stars are literally moving away from one another faster, and faster, taking their solar systems and space matter with them. Fact: The world we inherit as adults will be more strange and different than the world any of our ancestors have known. Do these facts scare you? Do they excite you? Are you indifferent? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should come spend a week with us on Star Island. Star Island is committed to being a leader in environmental practice, and we are committed to assisting our youth in becoming transformational leaders of today and tomorrow through the healthy practice of vitality, sustainability, and accountability in every aspect of their lives. We’re going to spend a week exploring and learning about the major steps Star Island is taking to become a sustainable environment, and we’re going to see how those steps can apply to our lives as we move from teenagers to adults. We’ll spend a week hiking, swimming, talking, taking once-in-a-lifetime excursions and building new things on the earth to learn more about how to not just survive adult life in our 21st Century world, but how to THRIVE in it. By the end of this week you will make new friends, reconnect with old ones, and possess the ability to re-engage your normal, ordinary life in extraordinary and life changing ways. Are we destined to be disconnected stars in an isolated universe, or can we learn to be islands of creative justice and sustainable peace in the world? Come join us and discover the full potential your future has to offer. Practice for a week, experience for a lifetime!

Program Leader

Rev. Brian Gruhn, 2nd Church in Newton UCC, Newton, MA

Program Fee

$115/person

Scholarships

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Questions?

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Expressing Our Faith

Star Gathering 2 UCC Youth

Saturday, August 2 to Saturday, August 9

Star Gathering 2 Youth Profile

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When we express ourselves through creativity, compassionate words, and acts of kindness, we express our faith. The Youth Conference for SG2 will give participants an opportunity to think about how they express themselves through words, art, and actions. In expressing themselves, they will get to know each other better and will grow closer to the God who created them and loves them just as they are. Youth who come to Star Island form a special connection with the island and with the community of friends they meet. Whether or not their parents participate in the concurrent Star Gathering 2 conference, youth form a sense of Island family that does nothing short of transforming their lives.
Minister of the Week: Rev. Brian Gruhn
Program Fee: $115/person

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Star Island 2014 7 Night Youth Rate Chart

The above per person room and board rates cover the entire 7-night stay and include ferry transporation to and from Star Island on designated days.

Practicing Our Faith

Star Gathering 1 UCC Youth

Saturday, July 26 to Saturday, August 2

Star Gathering 1 Youth Profile

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The Youth Conference for SG1 will explore different ways we might connect to the life-giving energy source that is both within us and beyond us. Join us in a week of “unplugging” from our media-rich lives and “plugging in” to the rich experience of connecting with the traditions and people you meet (or see only) on Star. Spiritual practices will be the theme of the morning program. What will you try: Capoeira, meditation, painting, making music, lectio divina? These are examples of the kinds of things that help us experience the awesome potential for connection and creativity each one of us embodies!
Minister of the Week: Catherine Allard
Program Fee: $115/person

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Star Island 2014 7 Night Youth Rate Chart

The above per person room and board rates cover the entire 7-night stay and include ferry transporation to and from Star Island on designated days.

Stargazers and Trailblazers

Youth Empowerment and Spirituality

Saturday, June 21 to Saturday, June 28

YES Profile

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The YES conference is an intentionally welcoming community that empowers youth ages 15-22 by giving them a safe space to grow as leaders and spiritually-grounded people. It is a transformative week of adventure, thought-provoking workshops, and impromptu dance parties under the stars.

Click here for the 2014 YES brochure

Minister of the Week: Rev. Dave Scheuneman, Studio Zero, Las Vegas, NV
Program Fee: $85 per person
Scholarships: Please contact our registrar Cassidy Bissell at email hidden; JavaScript is required for more information.
Questions? Please contact our registrar Cassidy Bissell at email hidden; JavaScript is required

Click Here to Register Online Today


Star Island 2014 7 Night Youth Rate Chart

The above per person room and board rates cover the entire 7-night stay and include ferry transporation to and from Star Island on designated days.

Music and Faith

Star Gathering Youth Conferences

Saturday, July 28 to Saturday, August 4 or Saturday, August 4 to Saturday, August 11

What does your choice in music say about you and your faith? Share and experience your faith in a community of explorers, in a place that fosters exploration and expanded horizons. No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.

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