Star Gathering 2 Family Conference 2022

August 7, 2022 to August 14, 2022

2022 Star Island Update

Star Gathering 2 is a conference that emphasizes community, as we seek to support, grow and nourish each other’s souls. In 2022, we will focus on engaging in a deeper conversation around seeing and identifying privilege in ourselves and those around us. Our adult morning program will be led by Rev. John C. Dorhauer, author, theologian and 9th General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ. He works to embody the UCC’s vision of “A Just World for All” and invites others to engage in safe, meaningful, substantive, and bold conversations on race. The morning program will be complemented by chapel services that expand on this theme, led by Rev. Darrell L. Goodwin, the first Executive Conference Minister of the UCC Southern New England Conference. He brings to his varying leadership roles extensive experience in pastoral ministry and higher education. He is also the first openly LGBT black person to serve as an Executive Conference Minister in the United Church of Christ.

We are a fun-filled multi-generational conference with activities for all ages. Whatever we are doing on Star, whether early-morning polar bear swimming, participating in theme talks and workshops, or dining together each meal, we believe everyone’s Star experience will be enriched by building a welcoming community for people who have not historically been well represented on Star. While it may be slow and often imperfect work, we are deeply committed to the journey.

In the mornings, we have age-specific programming for both kids and teen groups to support peer connection and exploration of all that Star Island has to offer. Fun activities for all ages are offered throughout the afternoon and evening, including tennis, yoga, softball, swimming, art workshops, lawn games, bonfires, music-making, hospitality hour, crafting, and hours relaxing in a rocking chair on the porch.


Youth Programming

We have programming for kids 0-8th grade from 9-noon each day. We have separate programming for teens 9-12th grade from 9-noon and also in the evenings. Depending on the age of the group, they have unique traditions. For example, our 3-5 grade group usually ends the week with a pirate scavenger hunt!

Theme Speaker

Rev. John C. Dorhauer, 9th General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ

Minister of the Week

Rev. Darrell L. Goodwin, Executive Conference Minister of the UCC Southern New England Conference

Program Fee

$125/adult, $100/youth under 12

Room & Board

SG2 Standard Shared Standard Single Motel Shared Motel Single
Adult 18+ $1,072 $1,458 $1,320 $1,937


SG2 0-5 years old 6-11 12-17
Youth Rates Free $496 $710


If paying at the full rate would preclude you and your family from attending our conference, we have confidential scholarship programs available to individuals and families who register for a conference. Star Island Corporation has a financial grant program to support this effort as well. For information or questions, please contact the Star Gathering 2 Registrar at

Boat Schedule

Depart Portsmouth: 8/7: 2:25 pm

Depart Star: 8/14: 9:20 am


Please contact the SG2 Registrar, James Minikowski at