Faith Development 2022

July 17, 2022 to July 24, 2022

2022 Star Island Update

The Star Island Faith Development conference is an inspirational week-long experience combining professional development for religious professionals and lay leadership, family, spiritual renewal, a Unitarian Universalist faith community, and Star Island magic. We offer programming to meet both the professional and personal needs of those new to and experienced in lifespan faith development.

We will come back, we will come back, we will come back!

Mid-Week Concert – Emma’s Revolution will play a concert outdoors on Wednesday night.


Youth Programming

We offer youth programming for all ages, infants through 12th grade in both the morning and afternoon. Days are spent enjoying nature on both land and sea, taking island field trips to the Pelican Garden, Marine Lab, and Music Barn, doing arts and crafts in the art barn, storytelling, singing, laughing, making and launching the “famous” bottle rockets on the front lawn, the always popular “duct tape” regatta, and so much more!

Theme Speaker

Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore

As we look to rejuvenate our spirit this summer, Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore will be leading theme talks on The Commission on Institutional Change Report: Widening the Circle and Religious Education Leadership. We are lucky and grateful to have a contributing author of the report lead these talks with us. With a meaningful look at how we can widen the circle within our faith formation programs, we will rejuvenate our spirit towards racial justice.

Faith Development Week gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the Rev. Dr. Christine M. Wetzel Memorial Scholarship for supporting this year’s theme speaker. The Scholarship, which is funded by members and friends of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, was established to honor the memory of the Rev. Dr. Wetzel

Minister of the Week

Rev. Kimberly Quinn Johnson serves as minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork, on Long Island in Bridgehampton, NY. Her ministry and her preaching encourage us to connect to our most deeply held values so that we can live our faith in the world.

The core of Kimberly’s ministry is faith formation—creating spaces and experiences for people to connect to the sacred, and to express that connection in the world. In her teaching, Kimberly employs the theory and practice of popular education, facilitating the exchange and exploration of our knowledge and experiences to encourage deeper understanding and grounding for action.

Before ministry, Kimberly worked as a union organizer with the UAW. She also taught Women’s and Gender Studies at New Jersey City University.

Kimberly serves on the Organizing Collective Board for BLUU (Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism). Kimberly also serves as co-chair of the UUA Appointments Committee and is a member of the Steering Committee for UU Class Conversations, and the Board of Trustees of the UU Women’s Federation. She also serves as vice-president of the St. Lawrence Foundation for Theological Education. She gets to work at the nexus of faith formation, youth ministry, and racial justice as a Program Leader with the UU College of Social Justice. And she’s likely to be spending her summer working with youth through UU Summer Seminary or Thrive, leadership experiences for youth of color.

Program Fee

$150/per adult and $80/per child

Financial Aid

We offer scholarships. Contact

Room & Board

FDC Standard Shared Standard Single Motel Shared Motel Single
Adult 18+ $1,072 $1,458 $1,320 $1,937


FDC 0-5 years old 6-11 12-17
Youth Rates Free $496 $710

Boat Schedule

Depart Portsmouth: 7/17: 2:25 pm

Depart Star: 7/24: 9:20 am