Current: August 26th, 2019

August 17 to 24, 2019
The Chairs for LOAS 2, 2019 were
 Elizabeth Hutchinson & Ken Swanson 
Contact Co-Chairs at:  



As we gather with people we cherish in a place that is our spirit's home, we will consider the relationship between love and justice.  As author and meditation teacher Sharon Salzburg reminds us, love is at the root of a radical re-imagining of human relationships in the world.  This week will be full of opportunities to connect with one another through music, fellowship and games. We will share conversation and contemplation so we can return to our daily lives feeling inspired and empowered to make the changes we envision and help bend the arc of history toward justice.  

Our theme speaker, Cathy O'Neil, will challenge us to think about one of the great impediments to social justice: shame. She will help us understand and explore how shaming serves to justify and perpetuate inequality in our society. In fact, she will illuminate how shame is built into the very algorithms that regulate access to medical, financial and social support. Can we use love and empathy to reduce societal shame and promote equality and justice? How might our own shame keep us from acting on behalf of others?

What better time to deepen our commitment to love and justice than our week together at LOAS II? We look forward to exploring these topics with you!


Theme Speaker: Cathy O'Neil
Our theme speaker is Cathy O'Neil, a data scientist who currently writes for Bloomberg and other major publications, as well as her own books. Recently she appeared on a panel with Emmanuel Macron and as well a meeting with 20 senators and representatives in Washington

Cathy will engage our conference theme of love and justice through the lens of shame:

Cathy will break down shame as a social mechanism: who uses it, and to what end? when is it an appropriate civil rights tool, and when is it a form of oppression? Who profits or gains power from mass shaming campaigns, and how does social media weaponize shame? What will the long-term effects be? Closer to home, how do we learn to recognize how we participate in shaming ourselves and others?

Cathy O’Neil earned a Ph.D. in math from Harvard, was a postdoc at the MIT math department, and a professor at Barnard College where she published a number of research papers in arithmetic algebraic geometry. She then switched over to the private sector, working as a quant for the hedge fund D.E. Shaw in the middle of the credit crisis, and then for RiskMetrics, a risk software company that assesses risk for the holdings of hedge funds and banks. She left finance in 2011 and started working as a data scientist in the New York start-up scene, building models that predicted people’s purchases and clicks. She wrote Doing Data Science in 2013 and launched the Lede Program in Data Journalism at Columbia in 2014. She is a regular contributor to Bloomberg View and wrote the book Weapons of Math Destruction: how big data increases inequality and threatens democracy. She recently founded ORCAA, an algorithmic auditing company. 

Cathy's Blog can be read here and there is a very interesting article from the New Yorker here!

She also plays fiddle and sings in a bluegrass band called the Tomtown Ramblers (

Minister Of The Week: Rev. Eva Cameron
Eva Cameron is an experienced minister, having served both large and small congregations.  Most recently she was called to be the settled minister at the First Universalist Church of Essex, Massachusetts. Previously she had been the minister at Cedar Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Iowa since 2005.  She has also served in congregations in Illinois, Michigan and Oklahoma.  She graduated from Meadville Lombard Theological School in 1988.

In addition to her service as a minister, Eva has also served as a Regional Transitions Coach and has provided services for cancer survivors.  She has organized a Peacekeepers Corps, chaired the Cedar Valley Interfaith Council and taught Ministerial Formation as an adjunct professor.  Eva has organized retreats, been a member of the Blackhawk Evangelical Association, has been a Girl Scouts Cluster Leader and has spoken before the Parliament of World Religions.  Eva has a relationship with the UU community in the Kashi Hills of India and has spent time there recently.  There is much more to Eva’s resume, and it will be exciting to hear about her adventures as we get to know her.

Eva’s family roots are here in New England, especially in New Hampshire, although she has lived in other parts of the country and grew up in a multi-cultural environment in Chicago.  She is single and has grown children as well as a loving Doberman named Sophie.  She loves the outdoors, especially fishing, canoeing and hiking.  She is open, warm and joyous.  Eva believes in a ministry that is collaborative and creative and is built on loving relationships.  She draws on the wisdom of all faith traditions and loves to sing.


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LOAS II Youth Group Team

Youth Coordinator:
Gemma Scott

Bill LaBarre

Youth Group Leaders

Name: Malaga Group
Ages:  Pre-K (ages 0 to 4)
Meets at: Louisa's Barn
Leaders:  Michael Scott & Jenny Kirchoff
Name: Lunging Group
Grades:  K to 1st Grade
Meets at: The Kiddie Barn
Leaders: Andrea Butler & April Weintraub
Name: Cedar Group
Grades: 2nd through 4th Grade
Meets at: Lawrence
Leaders: Dana Shoultz & Austino Blaydon
Name: Duck Group
Grades:  5th & 6th Grade
Meets at: Parker
Leaders: Toby Dills & Jessica Robidoux-Leger

Name: Smuttynose Group
Grades:  7th through 9th Grade
Meets at: Brookfield
Leaders: Victor Finizio & Kellu O'Donnell

Name: Appledore Group
Grades:  10th through 12th Grade
Meets at: Marshman
Leaders: Jessica Falconer & Mike Leger

Workshops and Starbursts:

Week long classes offered daily

The Writing Circle
with Ellen Schmidt

     The Writing Circle provides a time to relax and write from the heart in a warm, supportive, and stimulating environment.  Enjoy the magic of writing in a group -  people do some of their best writing this way.  Write spontaneously and without judgment.  Participants have the opportunity to write about real experiences, ones not so true, totally made up, or a combination.  Each day there will be a new spark, a special stimulus that is practically guaranteed to kindle your creative energies.  Come one, several, or every day.   The Writing Circle has proven to be a wonderful way to discover and appreciate each other as well as a time for individual reflection, invention, and pleasure.  
Ellen Schmidt teaches writing  in Ithaca, NY. The Writing Room website can be access here. 

Print Making
with Annie Quest

     This workshop will focus on making mono prints using gel-plate and linoleum prints. We will utilize found and recycled objects for the mono prints and will print onto many types of papers - from standard cotton rag papers to book pages to papers from the recycle bin. We will be printing with water-based inks and various acrylic mediums. Participants are invited to contribute and use saved wrapping paper, grocery lists, as well as onion bags, string, elastic bands and plant materials for this purpose.  There will also be materials available for simple stencil cutting and inks suitable for transferring lino cuts onto fabric (t-shirts). 

with Darlene Nadeau

     Darlene's gentle yoga classes are infused with breath awareness, acceptance, compassion, and mindfulness. She has been teaching yoga since 2005 and integrates yoga traditions from Anusara, Iyengar, and Kripalu yoga studies. Darlene is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, Yoga and Pilates Instructor.
     Come experience yoga whether you are a beginner or experienced yogi.  You will experience an increase in breath awareness, more range of movement, improve postural alignment, relieve increase immune response, as you learn to relax and release tension, and much more. Darlene enjoys connecting with supporting each person's highest levels of wellness. She has a passion for learning, growing, and thriving. She also delights in art, travel, nature, gardening and dance. 

Adult OWL
with Tanya Van Order & Beat Barblan
"Back by popular demand with new material"

     Come explore lifelong sexuality in all its glorious manifestations in a covenanted, safe, open-minded and fun environment!
     Tanya and Beat have been teaching OWL (Our Whole Lives) Sexuality Education for over 20 years to youth at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship in Morristown, New Jersey. They are excited to facilitate this universally interesting workshop to fellow shoalers at LOAS 2! Together we will find meaningful, respectful, enlightening, and fun ways to enhance our communication skills and continue to increase our understanding of healthy relationships, sexual diversity, and sexuality.

Conversations On Race with Rev. Kimberly Quinn Johnson

     We often struggle with meaningful conversations about race and racism in our lives and our communities. This workshop will explore the ways that we participate in structures of race and racism, offering tools for engaging in deeper more authentic reflection and conversation about race.  Cultural critic and political activist Rev. Dr. Cornel West says that “Justice is what Love looks like in public.” How does our faith inspire us to embody love and justice in our lives by confronting race and racism? 
     *We ask that you commit to the entire week of workshops in order to build the trust and vulnerability that will allow us to get the most out of this workshop.

Tile Mosaic Art Workshop with Heather Troyer

     The process of creating a mosaic picture can be quiet, precise or random, sentimental, intricate and structured, or big, bulky, and bold.  This workshop will allow the participants to create a mosaic out of tile, as well as recycled or otherwise meaningful objects:  shells (purchased or brought, symbolic of Star), buttons, seeds, or even special flat objects from home.  The finished product can be hung on a wall, used in a garden, or displayed anywhere that color and creativity is needed.  Participants will be encouraged to bring light-weight ceramic objects from home that can be smashed into bits and re-worked into a new art form.  The pressboard for the base, additional tile, equipment, mastic, grout, and finishing supplies will be provided.  
     Mosaics are liberating and create an opening for conversation and fellowship as the circle of workers can both focus on a product while using their hands, but also problem solve and coordinate color and shape, as if working a unique puzzle.  You don't have to be an artist to create a beautiful mosaic.
     Heather Troyer is a lay-artist/veterinarian who actually spends most of her time working on animals and herding her children. She began working with tile mosaics during vet school as a way to clear her mind when she was going crazy from studying.  Her desire to use textile art at Star Island began when she attended soap stone carving. The quiet group of workers became some of her closest friends since beginning to attend LOAS II.  


Single, 45 Minute Mini-Workshops to fill in your days
Check The Chalkboard for days and times. Locations may vary.

Daily @ 7:30am:
Tai Chi Light 
with Shelly Psaris

Shelly will be guiding you though the basics of Tai Chi every morning on the tennis courts to help get you energized for the day. 

Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday:

with Darlene Nadeau

Darlene is offering a Yoga class during the afternoon Starburst period to allow other workshop or youth leaders who would like to experience the Yoga class for themselves, but all are welcome!

Summer Snacks
with Anna Henschel and Chris Vann

Join your LOAS II 2020 Chairs Chris and Anna in preparing tasty Social Hour snacks. We'll provide the ingredients and tools, come prepared to roll up your sleeves and get a taste (pun intended) of the catering world - and then share your results with family and friends immediately following. No cooking experience required.

Making is Connecting: Community Art & Crankies
with Juno Lamb

Artist-in-residence Juno Lamb will speak about her creative practice, community art making, and crankies, and will invite the community to brainstorm ideas, words and images for a Star Island crankie.

Juno Lamb is a writer, multimedia artist & community facilitator. Methods and media she’s using at this time include textiles and thread, eco-dyeing and printing processes, other printmaking processes, stop motion animation, and photography. As possible she uses reclaimed fabrics, paper, and other repurposed materials. 

Current concerns she’s exploring in her work, both alone and in collaboration with others, include the climate crisis and some of its related phenomena, including loss of biodiversity, migration, human rights abuses, and social movements; the patriarchy and some of its related phenomena, including white privilege, the many voices missing or underrepresented in our conversations, and what equity, equality and social justice could look like; grief; relationships, community and connection. 

Juno has facilitated large community art projects in various capacities, and in the past year has orchestrated several community crankie projects with both multiage groups and elementary school students. 

You can see occasional work in progress on Instagram, and eventually on her website,, when she updates it and makes it public again!

Nature Weaving
with Bromwyn Cotton

In the Starburst we are going to create several outdoor, large collaborative weaving projects that can be added to by everyone throughout the week. They’ll incorporate natural elements from the island with organic fibers. We’ll also learn some weaving techniques for creating smaller, personal projects.

Monday Evening @ 8:30:
Reflections in the Parlor Mirror
with Diane Taraz

The big mirror in the Pink Parlor has been reflecting Shoalers for well over a century.  Join Diane Taraz to peer into the past through music and stories from the Oceanic Hotel’s long life. She will wear 19th-century clothing and perform songs certainly sung in that  lovely room over several generations of Shoalers, accompanying herself on guitar and dulcimer.

Adult Tie Dye

with Jessica Robidoux-Leger, Mike Leger and Toby Dills

When you are choosing which pieces of clothing your kids can bring to Star to Tie Dye, choose a few for yourself as well! Join in the fun that LOAS kids have been enjoying for decades. No experience needed (the three leaders have enough experience to do a Master's Class in Tie Dye)!  Bring shirts, shorts, hats, scafves, bandanas, socks or anything else you want to personalize.

Tuesday & Thursday Mornings During Workshop:
Porch Boogie
with Diane Taraz

Join Diane Taraz and the Usual Suspects — John Freund, Paul Jensen, Marv Drake, and Beat Barblan — for an hour of classic favorites from our increasingly distant youth. Sing along, and work up an appetite with a  little dancing. Suitable for all ages.

Stories from Hiroshima
with Alan Wiren

Expatriate journalist and old shoaler Alan Wiren will share stories and recordings from a recent trip to an institution in Hiroshima to write an article about their efforts to promote awareness of the atomic bombings that ended World War II

Henna Tattoos
with Terri Behm

They're back!  If you haven't had a henna tattoo yet, this is the year to check them out.  If you have, try a new design!

with Bethany Swanson

Join us for a fun and easy craft activity that will allow you to bring home a special memento of your week on Star Island! Draw (or trace) and color in a design of your choosing, which we will bake and magically shrink so that you can use it as a charm, a magnet, a keychain...whatever brings you joy! And the talented Margaret Ladner has even given us access to her Star-themed designs that you can use to draw your own Summer House scene, or rocking chair, or many others. Join us for some 1970’s-inspired fun!

Book Club - Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance
with Jane Elkin

Hillbilly Elegy is about the forgotten rural class, mainly of Scots Irish decent, with a culture of pride, family loyalty, clannishness and violence, who settled in Appalachia and some of whom migrated to the jobs in factories of the mid-west.  The author, J.D Vance, made his way out of the hillbilly culture and into Yale Law School, and today is a young and strong voice of reason and change.  Vance provides a roadmap on how we might meet the needs of the angry, modern American hillbillies in our current political climate.  He portrays the roots of populism and shows why so many voters turn out for Trump.  We’ll hold this book club late in the week, so bring the book to Star to read on the porch.  Buttonhole me and I'll lend you a copy.

Here’s a link to the book:

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