Faith Development Week

Join us as we explore this year's theme: Living Your Faith!


JULY 17-24 2021


STAR ISLANDIsles of Shoals, NH


Faith Development Week on Star Island is a week-long  conference aimed at renewal, UU education, spiritual exploration, and an opportunity to catch up with  friends and colleagues in a setting designed for meaningful connection.  FDW is family friendly with all ages worship, morning and afternoon programming for children and youth, and fun planned activities for everyone!

Why Did we change our name from Lifespan Religious Education Week to Faith Development Week? Quite simply, we knew our conference would benefit all kinds of people not just religious educators and wanted our “brand” to be as inclusive as possible. Our priorities are the same: cutting edge, high quality educational programming on an island setting that fosters community based on UU principles.


Our Planning Inspiration for 2020: “Community Means Strength” by Starhawk 

We are all longing to go home to some place
we have never been—a place half-remembered and half-envisioned
we can only catch glimpses of from time to time.
Somewhere, there are people to whom we can speak with passion
without having the words catch in our throats.
Somewhere a circle of hands
will open to receive us, eyes will light up as we enter,
voices will celebrate with us whenever we come into our own power.
Community means strength
that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done.
Arms to hold us when we falter.
A circle of healing.
A circle of friends.
Someplace where we can be free.

We encourage you to bring your entire family – there is something for everyone here. Visit our Things to Do and Young People’s Program pages to learn more.

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2020 Speakers

Listen, Learn, Get inspired.

Vandy Leigh

Soul Collage

Rev. Evin Carvill Ziemer

Towards A Trauma Informed Family Ministry

Rev Karen Hutt

"Revisiting Our Stories for The First Time"

Laura Beth Brown

"The Need to Balance Doing With Being!

Rev. Ashley Horan

Living Your Faith in the World

Rev. Shari Halliday-Quan

Minister of The Week

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.