Lifespan Religious Education Conference

Saturday, July 11 to Saturday, July 18

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Theme: Seeds for Growing a Spirited Life

As religious professionals and lay leaders who provide opportunities for faith development in our congregations and communities, we often find it a challenge to prioritize the feeding of our own souls through personal spiritual practice. Our theme speaker, the Rev. Meg Barnhouse, will explore the following questions: What does a spirited life look like? How do we know if we are growing one for ourselves and those who are in relationship with us? As those seeds grow, what does the flowering look like? What fruit do they produce? Not all spirited lives are the same. What is the one you would like to grow?

Our workshop presenters include Judith Frediani, Director of the Office of Lifespan Faith Development at the UUA and Aisha Hauser, Children and Families Program Director who will lead a series of participatory workshops on the new core, integrated lifespan curriculum Tapestry of Faith. In addition, we will offer workshops on spiritual development through SoulCollage®, body work, poetry, world music, sermon writing, and meditation.

General information: We recognize Religious Education as a lifelong endeavor, and offer programming to meet both the educational and personal needs of those new to and experienced in faith development for all ages. While traditionally a "working" conference, this week will provide ample opportunities for personal rejuvenation. Experience the joys of religious community, time to relax in solitude, and share the company of new and old friends and colleagues. There are programs and special events for all ages, beginning with children age three, with specific programming for youth and young adults.

Minister of the Week: Rev. David Carl Olson,

Dean: Laura Beth Brown,

Registration: Our conference registration fee is $115. (It increases to $125 after May 1 and $140 after June 1 or on-site). A room/board deposit of $150/person is due with the registration fee and form. There is no registration fee for children 12 and under. The 2009 Conference is accepting rolling admissions. We also accept on-site registrations. Forms are available for download at; please use this form rather than that in this catalog or from the Star Island website. Please mail ONE CHECK, payable to "Star Island RE Conference," and completed registration form to Bob and Jane Clay, 5 Rogers St., Plymouth, N.H. 03264. Or email them at Please note: registration is not complete unless payment of both the Room & board deposit and the Registration Fee is made (remember: one check!). The full Room & board deposit and partial Registration Fee are refundable until May 29.

Scholarships: Scholarship funding is available. Contact Registrars Bob and Jane Clay at email listed above.

Adult Rates (18+)






7-Night Conferences






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Youth Rates

Under 6

6-11 Yrs

12-17 Yrs

7-Night Youth




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Boat Schedule: Depart Rye Saturday, July 11 2:00 and 3:45 p.m. Depart Star Saturday, July 18, 8:15 and 10:15 a.m.

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