Star Gathering 2 Family Conference: The Body – A Vehicle for Justice, Advocacy and Peace

August 3, 2019 to August 10, 2019

The Body – a vehicle for justice, advocacy and peace.

It’s how we experience the world. Whether we sing, speak, celebrate or mourn, the body is the worldly vessel for the spirit. It’s an agent of activism – how we protest, how we demand change. Now more than ever it is the time to use our corporeal selves to speak our spiritual truth.

Discount Alert! Star Gathering 2 conferees registered for the full 7-night program will receive 30% Room and Board at Star Gathering Family Weekend Friday, August 30 to Monday, September 2!

Minister of the Week

Rev. Matilda Cantwell, Director of Religious & Spiritual Life and College Chaplain at Smith College

Program Speaker

Rev. Traci Blackmon,Executive Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries for The United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO.

Until the lion tells the story, the hunter will always be the hero.
~ West African Proverb

Rev. Traci Blackmon is the Associate General Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries for The United Church of
Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO.
As a featured voice on many regional, national, and international platforms, Rev. Blackmon’s life’s work focuses on
faith-filled communal resistance to systemic injustice. Her response in Ferguson to the killing of Michael Brown resulted in national and international recognition, gaining her many audiences spanning the breadth of the White House to the Carter Center to the Vatican. Her work is now featured in several Ferguson Uprising documentaries and she is a frequently sought voice for print media and television . Appointed to the Ferguson Commission by Governor Jay Nixon and to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships for the White
House by President Barack Obama, Rev. Blackmon is a recipient of the NAACP Rosa Parks Award; The Urban League of St. Louis Woman in Leadership Award; the National Planned Parenthood Faith Leader Award, and the Hannah G. Solomon Award, the highest award given by The National Council of Jewish Women, to name a few. Rev. Blackmon is listed as one of Ebony Magazine’s 2015 Power 100 and she is a featured writer in several Justice publications. Rev. Blackmon is a graduate of Leadership St. Louis and currently serves on the boards of The
Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Chicago Theological Seminary, and WomanPreach! In 2017, she was named Citizen of the Year by The St. Louis American and as one of St. Louis’ 100 most influential voices. Last year Rev. Blackmon was inducted into the Morehouse College MLK Board of Preachers, an honor of great significance to her in the year that marked the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s death. Rev. Blackmon is a featured voice in the National Geographic documentary: America InsideOut with Katie Couric. Rev. Blackmon’s greatest award is the
blessing of serving the church with her entire being. Her presence in local church ministry has opened new possibilities to ways of serving small congregations in changing times, while maintaining the needed proximity to the people and the pain that her advocacy work demands. Currently residing in both St. Louis, MO and Cleveland, OH, Rev. Blackmon is the proud mother of three adult children: Kortni Devon; Harold II; and Tyler Wayne Blackmon.
“I speak for the lions. And we are many!” ~ Rev. Traci D. Blackmon

Program Fee

$115/per adult; $90/youth

Room & Board Rates

These rates include lodging, meals, and ferry transportation.

SG2 Standard Shared Standard Single Motel Shared Motel Single
Adult 18+    $1,006 $1,368 $1,239 $1,817




Youth rates are determined by age on the first day of the program, regardless of room type.

SG2 Under 6 6-11 Yrs 12-17 Yrs
Youths Free $466 $666

Ferry Schedule

Saturday, August 3

2:25 pm Thomas Laighton Depart Portsmouth

Saturday, August 10

8:20 am Thomas Laighton Depart Star


Contact conference Chairs Jenny Giering and Dave Boynton or Registrar Medora Barnes

Returning to Star? Check out our Community Building Program!

We want our conferences to continue to grow, so we’re asking our Star Island family members to bring someone with you to Star this year. Here’s how it works:

1) Find that person (or more than one person) that you feel would be able to best contribute to the community on Star Island.Consider people in your extended family, congregation members, co-workers or other personal networks!

2) Nominate that person by filling out this form.

3) Star will cover 30% of the room and board for your new Shoaler, provided they attend the full duration of the conference!

4) We’ll also kick in $50 toward your room and board, provided you attend the full duration of the conference! (if you bring 4 or more new people, we’ll give you $125!)