August 11 to 18, 2012
Feast of Reason and the Flow of Soul
the rich, living heritage of American UUism
as of 8/7/12
co-Chairs are Marion
Halberg and Michael
Hardiman, Bridget Hardiman (Pelican), and Marion Halberg as they wait
for the Uncle Oscar to Star last summer. (Camera shy: Katie Hardiman)
Theme Speaker for LOAS I, 2012 will be Megan Marshall.
scholar and award-winning author of The Peabody Sisters:
who Ignited American Romanticism,
will draw connections between
Unitarianism’s founding era of reform-minded spirituality and our own.
She will speak as well about her new biography, The Passion of
Margaret Fuller, forthcoming in 2013.
Marshall is the author of The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who
Ignited American Romanticism, a biography praised by William Grimes
in the New York Times as "the intellectual equivalent of a
triple axel." The culmination of twenty years of research and
writing, during which Marshall sought out manuscript letters and diaries
in archives across the country, the book was awarded the Francis Parkman
Prize for the best-written book of American history, the Mark Lynton
History Prize, the Massachusetts Book Award in Nonfiction, and was a
finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography in 2006.
In The Peabody Sisters, Marshall "manages
to create vivid portraits of three distinct, and distinctly engaging,
personalities," writes Grimes, "placing them at the center of
the seismic disturbances associated with writers like Hawthorne, Emerson
and Thoreau. After reading Ms. Marshall, it is impossible to imagine
this gallery of American greats without seeing the Peabody sisters in
their midst." Writing in The New Republic, historian
Christine Stansell called the book "a fascinating, sprawling story
[of] the emotional complexities that thrived among people living at the
edge of cultural possibility."
At Star Island, Marshall, who grew up attending the UU
Fellowship at Neighborhood Church in Pasadena, California, and has
spoken at numerous UU Fellowships and at General Assembly, will draw
connections between Unitarianism’s founding era of reform-minded
spirituality and our own. The three Peabody sisters and their brilliant
circle cherished opportunities for collective inspiration–"a
feast of reason and a flow of soul," they called it, quoting Samuel
Johnson–out of which was born a liberal religious tradition of
self-exploration and social activism. She will speak as well about her
new biography The Passion of Margaret Fuller, forthcoming in
Marshall’s essays and reviews have appeared in The
New Yorker, The Atlantic, Slate, The New York Times
Book Review, The London Review of Books, and elsewhere. Her
talk on Margaret Fuller at GA 2010 was reprinted in the Journal of UU
History. Her work has been supported by grants from the John Simon
Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. She
teaches narrative nonfiction writing and the art of archival research in
the MFA program at Emerson College.
Minister of the Week:
Dr. Michael Tino has been the minister of the Unitarian Universalist
Fellowship of Northern Westchester in Mount Kisco, NY, since 2007.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Michael came to the
Unitarian Universalist ministry through the intentional community found
at another UU summer conference, SUUSI, held each year in Virginia,
which he still attends every summer.
Michael’s first career was in science, and he holds a Ph.D. in
Cell Biology from Duke University in addition to a Master’s in
Divinity from Meadville/Lombard Theological School.
Michael currently also serves as President of UU Allies for
Racial Equity and as a member of the UUA Board of Trustees.
He is the co-author of Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for
Young Adults, and spent six years on the UUA Staff as Director of Young
Adult and Campus Ministry. He
lives in Peekskill, New York, with his partner (now fiancé) Eric.
|YOUTH COORDINATOR: Rebecca
||Betsy Kates &
Kathy Kemp/Josh Stillerman
||Julie Romero &
||Fred & Roseannah
||Martha & Dick
||Toby Dills &
||Stephanie & Will
Thanks in part to a
generous grant from the Isles of Shoals Association, LOAS I is very
pleased to welcome Mary Neumann to work with our youth program on a
variety of singing activities. Mary will be working with the youth
coordinator and leaders to develop a schedule with each of the youth
Cunningham Neumann is Director of Music at the Melrose UU Church and a
UUA Credentialed Music Leader. She is the Artistic Director of
the Halalisa Singers and is well
known in the Boston area as choral conductor, song leader, vocalist and
flute soloist. A leader of song for children, youth, and
intergenerational choirs, she is a member of the Revels Repertory
Company, Conference leader at the Northeast Choral Festival at Ferry
Beach and is on the faculty of the Powers Music School in Belmont, MA.
Workshops and Starbursts:
Week long classes offered daily
Photography, Places, and Pendants
with Rebecca Emerson, Geoff Attardo and Meg Gurley
Rebecca and Geoff to discuss the basics of photography and take
field trips to explore the island and different photography
techniques. There will be time for viewing pictures,
giving/receiving feedback and general discussion. Everyone is
welcome! Please bring a smart phone, point and shoot or SLR camera
along with the manual for your equipment. Also feel free to bring
your laptop and memory stick if you have them. We will have a color
printer available to print and display people’s favorite photos.
We are planning on having sessions that cover: technical aspects of
photography (camera settings and their effects), composition and
art, low light photography (sunrise and sunset), night photography,
high speed photography and image processing.
will be in the Art Barn to teach the basics of jewelry making and
wire work. There will be samples and ideas for garden art as well as
jewelry. She will have beads, wire and various other items available
to make jewelry, garden art or whatever else might strike your
fancy. Feel free to bring your own beads, tools and wire.
in part by a grant from the Isles of Shoals Association
People Gotta Move!
you watch children play, and sometimes wish you could have that
freedom and joy, and experience your mind, body and spirit all at
the same time? You Can! InterPlay
is an active, creative way to unlock the wisdom of the body; a set
of practical tools and ideas to help individuals and communities
thrive. Any body can do it. If you would like to become a
"recovering serious person," and are intrigued by this
crazy idea that we can save the world with play, then InterPlay is
for you. Learn how to change your life and change your world with
the mostly fun and sometimes "sneaky deep" practices of
InterPlay. Learn more at www.interplay.org.
This ‘playshop’ will be active and worshipful – come prepared
to move and be moved, and experience both improvisational and
Renfro first discovered that UU’s weren’t always serious and
knew how to have fun on Star Island. She came to Star Island RE Week
when she first became a Director of Religious Education for a NJ
congregation in 2002, after being a lay leader and chair of the
worship committee. Collaborating on intergen services as a DRE, and
helping create an interfaith dance ministry, she began to see
another way to do ministry. She
answered the call in 2007, beginning her MDiv studies at New York
and Union Theological Seminaries, and her Interplay leader training
in 2008. She is currently the DRE at Mt. Kisco NY, and just finished
a hospital chaplain residency. She plans to begin a parish
internship, see the Ministerial Fellowship Committee and graduate
from seminary this year.
with Randall Grometstein
Come lend your voice to us – we’ll sing a
wide variety of a cappella songs. You say you don’t read
music? Then just read the words and sing along with us.
All voices welcome!
the World We Live In
with David Whitford
This workshop will use noteworthy examples of
long-form narrative journalism to spark informed conversations about
our times. Each day we’ll gather having all read the same one or
two pieces and talk about what we’ve read. Think of it as a book
club on island time! Possible topics include the 2012 election, the
Occupy movement, political unrest in Russia and the Middle East, the
crisis in the euro zone—or whatever else presents itself between
now and when we gather on Star in August. Led by David Whitford,
editor at large, Fortune magazine
with Carrie Tyler
yoga workshop is designed for everyone from the newcomer to the
established practitioner. Carrie Tyler will tailor her instruction
to the needs of the group. She has been teaching movement and seeing
private clients for structural issues for the last 20 years. As the
creator of Rasamaya® Method she is known for her playful style of
teaching, her strong knowledge of anatomy and alignment and her deep
understanding of yogic philosophy and subtle energetics. In addition
to her own methodology, she is also the Northeast Regional Trainer
for Pfilates (pelvic floor Pilates).
Carrie owns several Rasamaya studios and
regularly presents movement, anatomy and women's empowerment
workshops, teacher trainings and retreats. She also organizes the
annual Star Island Yoga retreat each September. She is honored to
have been a two-time Boston Yoga Journal presenter, to have
her company featured in the July/August 2011 Pilates Style Magazine,
and most recently to have Rasamaya reviewed on a television episode
of New Hampshire Chronicle.
In her spare time, Carrie is a visual and
performing artist and is the co-founder of Iron Heart Circus – a
cabaret circus troupe that challenges conceptions of human sexuality
and gender and donates part of its proceeds from each event they
host to Breast Cancer Research through the Save-the-Tatas
Carrie considers all forms of movement
& complimentary healing therapies to be preventative medicine,
and that self-care and regular practice can reconcile many
imbalances and dis"eases" of the body. To learn more about
her and her studios please visit www.rasamaya.com
Star: Community Service
with Cathy Modica and Henry Kaempf
Come and spend time
participating in group service to our beloved island. LOAS I
conferees have asked for more opportunities to give back to Star in
a tangible way while we are on-island, and this year we will offer a
number of service projects as a workshop. We'll gather
together at the beginning of each session for a brief time of shared
reflection and inspiration, and then will set out to paint, garden,
repair, and organize. Sessions will be held after workshop time
in the afternoons. Details on island! Many willing hands will make
light work, and many willing spirits will have fun doing it!
Shoalers of all (adult) ages are warmly encouraged to bring
enthusiasm, energy, and clothes to get good and dirty in, and to
come together to beautify our spirit's home. Led by Cathy
Modica and Henry Kaempf, mother and son who can't quite believe
they're entering their second decade of being Shoalers.
in part by a grant from the Isles of Shoals Association!
S T AR B U R S T S
Single, 45 Minute Mini-Workshops to fill in your days
From Your Body
with Patti Emmons
Patti Emmons, long-time Shoaler,
the Coroner's office in Chester County, PA. As the office’s
Public Information Officer, she is
the official spokesperson and she
is working on her
Certified Medical Investigator
experiences dealing with the next of kin
of recently deceased individuals, has
led her to find that some people are not
prepared when a loved one passes away.
This is true whether the person who passed away is an infant or
101 years old. Patti will share her
thoughts on how to prepare for the death of a loved one through this
Starburst. It will cover:
you need to know about Do Not Resuscitate orders (DNR), living
wills, power of attorneys and health care directives.
your wishes with your family.
it is important to research funeral homes in your area and have
a plan in place.
the details of your insurance policy if you plan on your family
using that money for your burial or cremation.
legal areas your family will need a certified copy of a death
is considered your next of kin.
with Dr. Katherine Schneider
The Affordable Care
Act of 2010 (a.k.a. "Obamacare") has been described as
possibly the most game-changing piece of legislation passed during
most of our lifetimes, yet its complexity has made it
difficult for all but the most nerdy policy-wonks to digest and
discuss intelligently. Come learn the facts about these changes and
how they may affect you and your loved ones. The second part
of this workshop will be focused on discussing healthcare
policy within a UU principles framework - the societal challenge of
balancing healthcare as a human right. Dr. Katherine
Schneider is a family physician with expertise in
population health management and involvement
in transformation of healthcare. She is a senior vice
president at a regional health system and
member of the First UU Ministry Leadership Team at First Unitarian
Church of Philadelphia.
Exploring the Spiritual Landscape:
Engaging the Poetry of Mary Oliver
with Margaret Schwarzer
Mary Oliver, Pulitzer
Prize winning poet, and long time Cape Cod resident, writes stunning
and deceptively simple poetry about the natural world. She lovingly
describes rocks, pines, herons, and fish with an exacting eye for
detail. But while she does it, she gets to the essence of the thing.
We readers can almost sense the life of a lilypad better when we
read her work than when we stand before one ourselves.
Best of all is to have her poem, and the lilypad, or rock, or
sea, or beach at the same time.
During this hour of poems and
reflection, we will read her work and consider how the natural
world, the spiritual life, incarnation, creation, and the mystery of
it all pulse within her wordsmithing. Her work invites us to move
into the natural world and beyond the natural world at the same
Margret K. Schwarzer has been an
ordained Episcopal Priest for eighteen years, and has had some
sermons and essays published by Morehouse and Abington Presses.
An English Literature major in college, she has always been
staggered by poetry’s ability to carry us into places where we can
glimpse the divine. She stays open to the many ways we humans
participate in spiritual life. If you have a hunger for the
mysteries embedded in the world, please join her for an hour of
50 Years of LOAS I –
with Sally Hamburger,
and Joyce Homan
LOAS I began in 1963. We will celebrate
our 50th Conference by relating stories and events from LOAS I’s
history. Some of the possible stories are:
º Twissie’s sherry hour.
º Attempted murder in the graveyard.
º Betty Friedan & Wally Reid.
º The presence of Fred McGill (including the women’s shower
º Star Island Board President denied registration.
º Greeley’s capture LOAS I.
º Diane & Star hugs.
º 2010 fly-by.
Dawn Elane Reed
As a Single Parent/Performer/Director/Massage
Therapist in New York City, Dawn has had many opportunities to
experiment with finding balance in her life and is happy to bring a
Mind Body Awareness practice to Star Island to share with LOAS I
In her position as a licensed massage therapist at Google, she has
helped facilitate Mind Body Awareness sessions for the employees in
their New York office. These sessions draw on movement, body
awareness and meditation to allow the participants to get out of
their heads and connect with their bodies and then integrate mind
and body to assist in achieving a fresh perspective.
Our Starburst Mind Body Awareness Session will include elements of
theater movement, yoga based stretches (although this is NOT a
yoga class) and a seated meditation. Please wear comfortable
clothing that allows for movement.
Dawn is a Nationally Certified, New York State Licensed
She has trained in Theater Movement, Stage Combat and Seido Karate
as well as having been an ACE certified group fitness instructor.
She has taught drama and movement classes and has her own personal
meditation practice, and is currently training to run the NYC
Marathon this fall to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.
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