Posts Categorized: On the Island

Star Arts 2020 Chalkboard

Welcome to the Star Arts Chalkboard! Close your eyes and pretend you’re in the Oceanic Hotel lobby. Take a deep breath and smell the salt air. Open your eyes and see the array of activities Arts is offering this year. Maybe you’ve never been to Arts and want to see what it’s all about. Or… Read more >

A message from the leaders of the Star Arts Retreat

Star Arts Retreat is an amazing week on Star Island that focuses on all of the creative arts – writing, dance, music, photography, visual art, and theater. No need to be a professional – each workshop is for all levels, whether beginner, intermediate or advanced – all are welcome and encouraged to get in touch… Read more >

It Is Time Now by Rev. Chris Jablonski

This piece is an excerpt from It Is Time Now: Offerings from the Beloved Community Project, an educational resource produced in 2019 as part of Star Island’s 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… Read more >

Gratitude – a Testimonial By Joyce Pickel

(edited for brevity) Getting the official notification that Star would not be opening this year was not a surprise, but we were so sad when it arrived. I thought of all the preparations all the incoming conference chairs, registrars, and youth leaders had done, all the Star staff and incoming Pelican staff had planned for… Read more >

A message from the leaders of the Young Adults Conference

About the Young Adults Conference (YAC) In young adulthood, we may struggle through droughts of creativity, question our spiritual direction, and realign our core concepts of self-identity. Some of us pursue degrees, others careers, and still others pursue alternative paths, all of which afford us powerful and formative experiences. Young adulthood is a transition period… Read more >

A Process of Beloved Community by Rev. Lynn Gardner

We gathered in a circle and spoke of our tender, brave, and painful truths, with faith in the Holy to help us find the words, and with a growing trust in one another. The rocks, the sea, the sunlight and rain, and even the gulls helped shape a container to hold the experiences of relationships… Read more >

Island Historian Ann Beattie Returns

If you’ve ever run into Ann Beattie on Star Island, you’ll know she’s got a lot to share. Last year, Ann took up residency on Star Island as Island Historian, and we’re excited to announce that she’ll be returning for summer 2020. Here’s a look at the programming she’ll be offering this season: Wondrous Isles:… Read more >

A Whale of a Tale: 7th Annual Veterans Raffle Winner

Have you heard the news? Our 7th annual veterans raffle winner has been chosen! 32 year old Travis Moss became fascinated with Star Island from afar – all the way from Alaska, where he lives with his adorable family (see photo below). Travis was honorably discharged last year after serving eight years in the Marines and… Read more >

Star Island Registration Opens

Your first steps on Star Island this summer are one step closer now that registration is open. From those first moments of conversation on the boat, to workshop discussions budging into lunch — your favorite Star Island moments are a handful of months away. We invite you to register now to help those volunteers planning… Read more >

Star Island Holiday Gift Guide

‘Tis the season to get all flustered by wrapping gifts and matching tissue paper to gift bags. Such a pain, right? Problem solved. ‘Tis the gift of Star Island. This exquisitely curated gift catalog highlights the most sought after and hard to find gifts alongside classic gifts suitable for nearly anyone. Once you’ve viewed the… Read more >