Star Island is within the waters of N’dakinna, the traditional lands and waterways of the Abenaki, Pennacook and other related Wabanaki Peoples past and present. We acknowledge and honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations.

Beloved Community Project

The Star Island Beloved Community Project is a journey SIC has begun as an organization to create a more inclusive and intentional community, to help spread more empathy and understanding in the world, and to become a more welcoming place for all people. We recognize and affirm that many have been on this journey for a long time, and we are excited to listen and learn as we continue on this important journey.

The Journey Toward A Beloved Community: A Resource for Conference Leaders

The second publication of the Star Island Beloved Community Project is an explicit and important step in our ongoing journey, and it is a central priority for the Star Island Corporation. This guide is not only a practical handbook – it also represents a statement of values and call to action that comes at a pivotal time of rebirth for Star Island. We are enthusiastically making this important and timely resource available to all conference leaders, as well as to others. We invite conference leaders to review this guide carefully, and to use it as you plan and implement your conferences. We anticipate that, like us, you will find it to be an essential and helpful resource.

This guide represents different voices from across the Star Island community designed to help us act in the present and invest in the future. It is made possible by many contributors, and we are deeply grateful to them for sharing their wisdom and guidance to help move us forward on our journey.

  • Kyle Belmont
  • John Bynum
  • Tryst Chagnon
  • Tom Coleman
  • Leon Dunkley
  • Cam Duval
  • Debbie Duval
  • Amanda Easter
  • Amelia Forman-Stiles
  • Sarah Gordon
  • Lucia Green-Weiskel
  • Dan Hotchkiss
  • Kirsten Hunter
  • Kristin Laverty
  • Steve Lee
  • Nika Lopez
  • Justina Maji
  • Christana McKnight
  • Iyabo Obasanjo
  • Olivia Orr
  • Bruce Pollack-Johnson
  • April Rosario
  • Peter Squires
  • Deborah Weiner Soule
  • Louise Williams


It Is Time Now

The first publication of the Star Island Beloved Community Project, It Is Time Now: Offerings from the Star Island Beloved Community Project, was released at the Annual Meeting of the Corporation on May 4, 2019. Copies are made freely available on the island. We hope the Star Island community will continue to support our efforts to reflect on how we can effectively and meaningfully oppose and dismantle white supremacist culture and build a more just, loving, and joyful world.


We are deeply thankful for all who participated in the first meeting of Star Island’s Beloved Community Project in August of 2018 and contributed to the publication of It Is Time Now: Offerings from the Star Island Beloved Community Project. 

  • Rev. Wendy Bartel
  • Rev. Eric Cherry
  • Rev. Patrice Curtis
  • Rev. Dr. Leon Dunkley
  • Rev. Lynn Gardner
  • Ruth Idakula
  • Rev. Chris Jablonski
  • Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker
  • Rev. Lauren Smith
  • Rev. Deanna Vandiver