August 18 to 25, 2018
The Chairs for LOAS 2, 2018 are
Kelly Schnur & Jane Shivas
“We don’t stop
playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” -
George Bernard Shaw
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are so very fortunate to have one of our very own LOAS2 family as our
theme speaker and lover of play! John Keefe is a journalist, tinkerer
and coder who works at Quartz as
a developer in the Quartz Bot Studio and product manager of Quartz's
breakthrough apps. Keefe also teaches classes on bots and rapid
prototyping at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and runs a tiny
tinkering company called Really
Good Smarts LLC. Before moving to Quartz, he was Senior Editor for
Data News at public radio station WNYC, leading a team of journalists to
find playful ways to approach data reporting and design -- and leading
"play days" at work for team experimentation. Keefe is the
author of Family
Projects for Smart Objects: Tabletop Projects That Respond to Your World from
Maker Media, which grew from his effort to make something new every week
for a year. Keefe has led classes and workshops at Columbia University,
the New School University, and New York University. He was also an
Innovator in Residence at West Virginia University's Reed College of
Media. Keefe blogs at www.johnkeefe.net and
tweets as @jkeefe.
Minister Of The
Fellowship of Centre County in State College, PA
Carol Thomas Cissel is the settled minister of the Unitarian
Universalist Fellowship of Centre County in State College, PA. She
holds a Master of Divinity degree from Pacific School of Religion and a
Master of Science in Nonprofit & Association Management from the
University of Maryland, University College. Before moving to
Pennsylvania to join the UUFCC congregation, she served UU congregations
in Maryland, California, Washington State, Oklahoma, and New Jersey.
with others, as they make meaning out of their lives, is some of the
most important work I do. I am light on the journey and seek to help the
people I serve as they explore faith, embrace hope and lay claim to
their personal theology. My work is centered on helping others look
inward to grow their spirits, and then gaze outward, replenished and
ready to serve the world.”
CTC is passionate about Interfaith Activism, Seeking Justice, Crafting
Exuberant Worship, Prophetic Preaching, Travel, and Small-Batch bourbon.
She enjoys reading thrillers and contemporary poetry, day hikes and live
music in small venues (blues, folk, classic rock and a bit of country). Carol
also finds JOY in collecting the masterworks of Native American and
First Nations Peoples artists, rooting for the Washington Nationals
baseball team, parenting 2 amazing adult children and stealing kisses
from her delicious grandson Andrew as often as she can.
II Youth Group Team
To Be Determined
Youth Group Leaders
Workshops and Starbursts:
Week long classes offered daily
with Ellen Schmidt
When we meet others we say where we’re from and what we do in life within the limited patterns of most social or
work settings. The Writing Circle is a refreshing way to discover different
aspects of yourself and others in a warm, inspiring, and supportive
I define a writer as someone who writes - so whether you are a seasoned
writer or would like to write for the first time, you are welcome to
come to this workshop.
Best of all, there is no wrong way to do this! Each day I provide a “spark”, an open-ended
invitation that will kindle your memories,
stories, and thoughts for a spontaneous short write. There is an opportunity, always optional, to share what you’ve just
written. I have found that we often hear ourselves for the first time when we read aloud.
You give a gift to listeners, who in turn give you a gift of attentive
and deep listening. Feedback is always kind, encouraging, honest, and specific. Each workshop day is unique so feel free to attend one day,
some days, or every day. Please bring your preferred writing implement and a notebook.
You can find out more here: Writing
Acting and Improvisation, we'll be learning the basic tenets of
acting, and will play with each other by "living truthfully in
imaginary circumstances", as a famous acting teacher said.
Getting in touch with your emotions and learning not to censor your
gut reaction can not only help with acting, presenting, and
interacting with people, but can help you learn a lot about
yourself! We will start by really learning how to listen and respond
to another person, then bring that into improvisation games and even
small scripted scenes. You can drop in to a couple of meetings just
to learn to open up and play, or come the whole week to build up a
whole new skill!
S T AR B U R S T S
Single, 45 Minute Mini-Workshops to fill in your days
Check The Chalkboard for days and
times. Locations may vary.
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