Waves of the Future

Waves of the Future: 

Emergent Strategies for Liminal Times

July 16-23, 2023

We as religious leaders have been learning how to be strategic throughout the pandemic. We’ve adapted to multi-platform experiences and reimagined traditions from the “before times.” It’s been exhausting

Now we are entering a new period of adaptation- what do we do next and how do we keep going?  We hope Faith Development Week this summer can be a model for our future. 

As we enter a new stage with COVID,  FDW offers you a guide to help understand and approach today’s challenges while also providing ample relaxation and fun time with your family and community. Using emergent strategies, we will look at patterns in human behavior to expand our thinking into more effective ministry. Using beloved Star Island traditions and multigenerational events, we will create a balance of professional development and fun activities for all ages. 

David Roth concert

We are excited to have David Roth on the island with us this summer not only for a concert, but also joining in on some programming as well! 

"I've heard about Star Island for years and for the life of me I don't know why it's taken me so long to get over there - see you all in this summer for a concert, some group singing, a Porch Chat, and a Worship Service." - David Roth

Learn more about David Roth here.

Minister of the Week, Tricia Hart

We are thrilled to have Rev. Tricia Hart joining us on the island this summer as our Minister of the Week!

Click here to learn more about Tricia and what a MOW does!

Theme Talk

Shaping Waves: Holding Communities in Transformation

With Anna Bethea and Shannon Harper

How do we meet the moment and steward our theologies of love, resilience and pluralism into the future? How do we disrupt the cultural expectations that tell us we must be bigger, faster, stronger, better?

Click here to learn more about this year's theme talk


See an overview of our exciting offerings this summer below. 

Go to the Workshops page to learn more.

Social Justice and Intercultural Competency for UU Faith Communities

Join Rev. Kimverly Quinn Johnson and Meagan Henry for this 5-session workshop exploring social justice as a faith-full practice.

Shaping Waves: Holding Communities in Transformation

Join Co-Directors of  the Lifespan Faith Engagement Office of the UUA, Shannon Harper and Anna Bethea, as they lead this experiential workshop designed specifically for this conference.

Afternoon SoulCollage

Come make SoulCollage cards in Community on Star Island. SoulCollage is a process to access your thoughts, emotions and essence, which you may or may not be aware of, through the visual medium of collage. The process of making SoulCollage cards often feels magical.

Are you looking to meet new people on Star Island this year? Get closer with your long time buddies? Try something new? Lend your talents to create something great?

Then look no further than our volunteer opportunities on Star Island this summer! Whether you want to sing silly songs to help people wake up in the morning or you want to lead a worship service, we have tons you can do.

Looking to create some multigenerational connections this summer? Consider volunteering to lead one of the youth programs. Young People Program leaders receive half of the room and board covered in lieu of a stipend.