August 13 to 20, 2016
Chairs for LOAS 1, 2016 are
Meg Gurley and Geoff Attardo (and
Nature of Star:
Our relationship with the world around us"
goal of this week on Star is to explore how we have developed as human beings
and what that means for the world around us and our future.
have put together a logo for the week and thought it would be nice to make a
conference t-shirt available this year. The shirts can be ordered for printing
from the link below and payment of $10 per shirt will be due upon arrival at
LOAS 1. The shirts will be delivered directly to Star on Saturday, August 13! In
order to have the shirts available for the conference all orders must be entered
by July 30th. Sorry for the short notice!
assistance with choosing sizes here is a link which will give you an idea how
the shirts are sized (American Apparel shirts tend to run a little small).
I 2016 Weekly Program now available!!
|LOAS 1 2016 Leadership Team
David Mangold Heiser
Evolution and the
Paradox of Human Nature.
are thrilled to have David Mangold Heiser as our theme speaker for the week! He
will be giving a series of talks based around the theme of Evolution and the
Paradox of Human Nature. David is the Head of Education and Outreach at the Yale
Peabody Museum of Natural History. He earned a Master’s Degree in Ecology,
Evolution and Behavior from the University of Minnesota. Along with his wife and
two sons, David is a member of the Unitarian Society of New Haven in Hamden, CT.
talks will cover various aspects of Evolution, the central organizing principle
of biology. Evolution is among the most widely supported and accepted scientific
theories. So why has it generated such controversy? We’ll review the key
principles and mechanisms of evolution, reflect on the beauty of the
evolutionary process and the remarkable diversity of life, address questions
about how humans fit into the picture (How has evolution shaped human nature?
Are we a unique species? Are we still evolving?), and consider the compatibility
of evolution and religion.
of the Week"
Rev. Megan Lloyd Joiner
minister of the week will be the Rev. Megan Lloyd Joiner. Megan is the minister
at the Unitarian Society of New Haven (USNH) and brings to her ministry a
passion for worship and theology that is relevant to people’s lives. A
life-long Unitarian Universalist raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Megan received her
B.A. in Religious Studies at Wesleyan University in 2001. From 2003-2005, she
worked in the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Washington Office for
Advocacy and was privileged to connect with Unitarian Universalist congregations
doing social justice at the local, state and national levels. Megan graduated
from Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 2009 and subsequently
completed a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) internship and residency, working
as a pediatric chaplain at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
returned to Connecticut in 2011 where she completed her internship at The
Universalist Church in West Hartford. She was ordained by that congregation in
collaboration with her home congregation, First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati,
in 2012. Megan served the people of The Universalist Church as Associate
Minister from 2012-2013 and then the
people of the Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society in Madison, CT as
consulting minister shortly after the birth of her daughter. She returns each
summer to Spring Green, Wisconsin, home of her Unitarian ancestors where she
preaches in the historic Unity Chapel. Megan was called to USNH in 2015 and
lives in New Haven with her husband, Anthony Clark, her two-year old daughter,
Arden and two cats. With a deep love of singing, swimming, and lobster, Megan
cannot wait to return to Star!
Thanks to a generous grant from the
Isles of Shoals Association, LOAS I is very pleased to have Rob Brereton
working on music with our youth program. Rob will be coordinating with the
youth leaders to develop a schedule.
Workshops and Starbursts:
Week long classes offered daily
Book Club on Island Time
with David Whitford
theme of this year's Book Club on Island Time will
be "What it Means To Be Human".
We'll read essays
and stories that examine our animality, our intellect, our emotions,
and our spirituality, inspired by the the promise of this
year's conference to explore "how we have developed as human
beings and what that means for the world around us and our
Each day we'll read and discuss one or two notable examples of
magazine writing. We'll talk about the pieces themselves and
the journalists who wrote them. We'll consider questions of craft,
execution and meaning. I'll provide daily, manageable assignments
designed for the reading habits of vacationing porch-rockers and
rock-sitters. Participants are under no obligation to commit to
perfect attendance but instead should feel free to peruse the
assignments and join us for the topics that interest them.
Hard copies of all the assignments will be
available on island, but I encourage those who have them to bring
e-readers. Once the reading list is ready, I'm happy to share it in
digital form with those who email me at email@example.com, subject:
LOAS 2016 reading list.
with Patti Emmons
us for an exciting and fun-filled workshop on basketry. Once you get
the knack for basket weaving, it will be an excellent companion to
porch rocking. In this workshop we will learn about the different
types of baskets and why they were typically made.
will be making two types of baskets during the week. The first will
be a square napkin basket where you will learn the terminology for
basketry and the core basics of weaving a basket. This will take
about two days. The second basket we will make will be the round
Brandywine basket, which will take up the remainder of the week.
will be able to personalize your basket by either the size you make
your basket and/or what color accent weavers you decide to use.
Accent colors to choose from will be navy blue, hunter green, red,
rust or smoke. There will be a minimal fee for each basket kit to
cover the cost of materials. If you choose to participate in this
workshop, you will need to bring the following items with you:
An old towel
A pair of scissors for cutting the reed
Either a small knitting needle or an awl to assist getting the
weaving reeds through tight spaces
A small tape measure
About a dozen wooden clothes pins
by Aram Khavari
concert with this year’s theme, we will discuss the “human”
relationship with money management and explore paths toward
financial wellness. Each day’s conversation will cover the
very basics of financial planning, investing, asset allocation and
the effect of our emotions (human nature) on our decision making.
We will dedicate at least one of these sessions toward “Investing
with Impact” and ways in which you can be socially &
environmentally responsible while investing. All levels of
investment experience are welcome!
Evolution of Folk Music
with Rob Brereton
This week’s music theme is
folk music in the United States. We’ll learn some new songs and
explore the evolution and history of some familiar songs. We’ll
sing ballads, spiritual songs, rounds, Appalachian, and so much
more! Don’t forget to bring your instruments! I’ll have chord
charts and printed music when I can. If you’re a dulcimer player,
let me know and I’ll even bring along some dulcimer tab. I’m
looking forward to singing, harmonizing, and playing with you! If
you have it, be sure to bring along your copy of “Rise
Up Singing”, the folk musician’s bible.
Rob Brereton has been teaching
dulcimer and folk music at music festivals and colleges across the
country for over 25 years. He also teaches music at Cold Spring
School in New Haven, CT and directs several choirs in two churches.
You can hear some of his playing by searching iTunes or CDbaby.com.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wonder with Watercolors
capturing the intangible essence of light, sky, and water, creating
and mastering colors, learning to see all of these can be used to
evoke the beauty and spirit of Star Island. Join our watercolor
workshop to be inspired by and share your vision of the natural
world, objects, and creatures (both human and wild) that make Star
come alive. Artists at all levels welcome.
has been painting and drawing since childhood. She loves the beauty
of Star, gardening, and cooking. Creating seems to be her
this workshop, she will provide watercolor paper 300 lb (hot &
cold press) and a limited supply of Winsor Newton paint and brushes.
Bring your own supplies if you have them, plus a drawing board,
paper towels, a container for water that won't blow away, a cushion
to sit on, sun screen, a hat, and most important, your own
with Julie Bailis
Bailis is a yoga teacher with a background in multiple styles of
yoga and meditation. She teaches yoga in the New Haven area and is
looking forward to leading you in various styles. Each day a
different style will be offered being sure to satisfy yogis from
many traditions. Beginner Yoga, Vinyasa flow, Power, Gentle, and Yin
Yoga will be offered. Each class will include pranayama (breathwork),
asana (poses), meditation, and svasana.
addition to teaching yoga, Julie is owner of Reflexologist
at Replenish LLC, Reflexology and Healing Arts. At her space in
Hamden, she helps clients find relief from stress-related ailments
through the art of Reflexology, manipulation of the hands and feet.
To learn more about Julie
with Sam Francis and Gail Henry
(late afternoon workshop -
fight it—join up with a partner and make some science toys!
All of the projects require two sets of hands, but each person can
make and take their own for keeps. We just ask that you help
each other when making kaleidoscopes, swing & catch toys, rain
sticks, lever puppets, tapping woodpeckers and airplane launchers.
But wait, there is always a math component to science and here it
is: you and your partner’s combined ages must total 21 or
more. Find a friend or make a new one and join us on the porch
S T AR B U R S T S
Single, 45 Minute Mini-Workshops to fill in your days
T-shirt Scarves with Pat Dowey
Upscale an old t-shirt into a
trendy fashion accessory with beads, finger-braiding, fringe,
knotting, and other applications.
For best results
bring: a seamless, Men's size Large (or larger),
brightly colored t-shirt. This is the opportunity you've
been waiting for to re-purpose a well-loved, tye-dyed t-shirt from
your LOAS 1 collection!
Ukulele with Dawn Elane Reed
Powered Water Skiing with (who else?) Stephanie and Will Ronco!
with Julie Bailis
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