Faith Development Week

Join us as we explore this year's theme: Rest, Rejuvenate, Replenish


JULY 17-24 2022


STAR ISLANDIsles of Shoals, NH

2022 Workshops

There is a continuum of growth and experience that leads to an embodied sense of belonging, reciprocity, and kinship with all beings on Earth. At a young age our first connections with nature are full of wonder. Guided by curiosity, we explore and gradually build knowledge and understanding of the natural world. We build relationships with plants and animals and develop an ever-widening sense of place…and of belonging and kinship with that place.

We develop empathy, and responsibility for the natural world. We become civically engaged adults whose actions are those of an ecologically conscious, global citizen. Ultimately, we understand that the ecosystem is a living entity of which humanity is only a part and we embody our belonging with deep honor and integrity. Invite your congregation to cultivate this vision across the lifespan by stepping into immersive, place-based, programming as a form of faith development.This workshop is for anyone interested in implementing nature-based faith formation programming in their churches. It will guide participants in practices that expand their own nature connection while providing tools for doing the same with those in their faith communities.
  • Rationale and pedagogical approaches to cultivating ecological literacy and belonging to place in faith development settings.
  • Practical skills and considerations for doing all ages outdoor programming in all seasons, in a variety of environments, including urban.
  • Implications for volunteer facilitators and engagement across the lifespan.
  • Decolonization and anti-oppression with regard to nature-based practices and the environment.
  • Experiential immersion: outdoor mindfulness practices, sit spot, nature journaling, exploration, games, and place-based learning of the local ecosystem.
Christine Bulman is a grounded and insightful leader and educator with more than a decade of service to Unitarian Universalist congregations as professional religious educator in both interim and settled positions.
Alongside her work in faith communities, Christine has worked in the private sector facilitating place-based, experiential learning such as school garden programs, ecology, nature connection, wilderness living skills, and most recently, forest therapy guiding.
After receiving a Masters degree from Lesley University in Ecological Teaching and Learning, Christine was inspired to merge holistic, nature-inspired learning together with the Unitarian Universalist religious education – a kindred merger, bringing a unique new expression of UU faith development at a time when deep human and more-than-human relationships are urgently needed, across the lifespan. She conceived of and piloted a model of nature-based faith formation called “Faith Among the Trees” and is producing a curriculum guide of the same name that will serve as a resource and jumping off point for those looking to take their religious education programs out of the building and into nature.
Through this collaboration with nature and faith communities, Christine hopes to cultivate ecological consciousness and to build human potential so that each may thrive and use their gifts in service of the greater good and the places on the planet we call home.

The energy and permission of play are some of our best secret weapons for replenishment, rejuvenation, and even rest.  In this workshop we will revisit the notion of what it means to cultivate and regenerate play as a restorative practice in our adult lives. 

More specifically, we will explore simple, accessible forms of the internationally renowned program Interplay as we hold the mystery of what it means to uncover the spirit of play in a pandemical context. Participants will be invited to mine old and new songs, tools, shapes, and stories that exist within us but that perhaps we’ve forgotten amid the seismic shift of Covid 19.  If you are craving some time and space to integrate mind and body, to nurture playful creativity, and to feel a sense of blessed wholeness and trust in body wisdom, this workshop is just right for you! 

Jennie Mulqueen is a Singing Chaplain who is training to become a certified Interplay leader. As a Singing Chaplain, she is a celebrant, teacher, performer, and activist. At the heart of all of Jennie‘s work is a commitment to the spirit of play as a force for healing and peace as we balance gratitude and grief on this human journey. She is excited to invite her mentor and fellow UU CC King to join us on Star for some guest leading and playful fellowship. Wheeeeee!

CC King is a certified InterPlay Leader and trainer. She has been practicing the joyous unfolding of Interplay for over 20 years. CC is an expressive therapist, visual artist, teacher and community activist. As the co-founder of an arts and environment program, she facilitates workshops in organic sculpture and organizes public performance. Play with elders and Memory Cafes are a special interest, as are cancer support and racial healing & transformation. Her background includes nonprofit management, art and family therapy, trauma-informed InterPlay and a life-long commitment to finding sustenance, creative activism, and joy in the natural world.

Summer 2022 Theme: Rest, Replenish, Rejuvenate

As we enter another season with this pandemic, many have found themselves relying on resilience that is wearing thin.

Having the vaccine has certainly given us some relief, yet we are still feeling the weight of the responsibility of living with COVID.

For our Faith Development Week Conference this summer on Star Island, we wish to offer a remedy for your spiritual side. We want to offer opportunities to rest your body, replenish your soul, and rejuvenate your spirit.

Star Island Summer 2022 COVID Policy

We know you want to make an informed decision for this summer. Here is the most up to date policy from the Island on their COVID policies for this summer:

“Vaccinations are required this year, so the restrictions will probably be light as they were last year.  I don’t think there will be any mask requirements, limit on spaces will be lifted, meals will be both indoors and outdoors buffet-style, day visitors will have limits on where they can go.”

Collegial Porch Chats: Small group ministry for Religious Professionals in this extraordinary time.

An opportunity to share ideas, support and inspire one another as we continue to learn the dance of sustaining ourselves while serving communities of children, youth and adults in our living UU faith tradition in an ever-changing world.
Come chat, laugh, vent, grieve and reimagine, surrounded by the sea and caring colleagues!
Facilitator: Cathy Seggel,
Director of Religious Education, First Unitarian Church of Providence, RI
***This program is only available for on site
Star Island participants.

Venue Information

A unique and beautiful setting


The conference takes place on Star Island - one of the nine Isles of Shoals located seven miles off the coast of New Hampshire and Maine.


Please arrive at 315 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH by 12:30pm on July 14, 2018 for ferry service to the conference by Isles of Shoals Steamship Company.


Lodging is available in the main hotel and cottages. Rooms are simply furnished. Meals are hearty and served family-style in the dining room.