Faith Development Week

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


JULY 18-24 2021


STAR ISLANDIsles of Shoals, NH


Don’t forget your sunscreen and proof of immunization!
The conference ferry is the Thomas Laighton, owned and operated by the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company, and located at 315 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH.
11:00 am -1:00 pm. Arrive at the dock to park, unload luggage, and check in with Star Island staff and the Faith Development Week volunteers. Don’t forget your immunization documentation if applicable.
2:00 pm. Be prepared to board the Thomas Laighton
Plan to be at the dock 1½-2 hours in advance of the scheduled departure time, just like for airports. The location is convenient to downtown so you can explore and grab lunch after check-in, but be sure you are back at the dock for boarding no later than 2:00 pm. Conferees arriving after 1 pm run the risk of missing the ferry.
All overnight guests over the age of two MUST either provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test result (within 72 hours) in order to board the ferry to Star Island.
7/18 Departs Portsmouth 2:25 pm
Arrives at Star Island 3:30 pm
7/24 Departs Star Island 9:20 am
Arrives at Portsmouth 10:45 am
The Thomas Laighton is chartered by Star Island Corporation and the boat fare is included in the room and board rates for conferees. There are bathrooms on board as well as a snack bar.
Block parking is available at the Steamship Company parking lot for $14 per vehicle per night. Parking fees will be added to your room and board bill, payable on the island. Please be prepared to leave your keys with the parking attendants for the week, to avoid cars being blocking in.
Conferee vehicles must be parked in the designated Steamship Company parking area, as directed by the parking attendant. Star Island Corporation, Isles of Shoals Steamship Company and the Pease Development Authority, Division of Ports and Harbors, assume no responsibility for cars parked in the parking lot. While we have made some accommodation for special needs parking, it will be relatively limited (10-15 spaces) and may require moving cars as conferees leave at different times.
Checked bags: Each person may check one bag weighing 40 lbs or two smaller bags, each weighing 25 lbs or less. Multiple small bags and soft bags without wheels are preferable.
Carry-on bags: Luggage brought on the conference ferry is self-service and similar to an airline carry-on procedure. Guests should be able to carry their luggage onto the ferry in a singe trip. Guests who need assistance with luggage should always have it checked on the luggage boat.
Although we make every effort to handle luggage with care, be advised that Star Island Corporation and Steamship Company assume no responsibility for the handling, damage, or loss of any luggage. Conferees are urged to leave valuable items at home or to handle them personally. Belongings should be securely packed; loosely packed items run the risk of being damaged or dropped in the water during handling.
Conferees are not permitted to bring alcohol aboard the Thomas Laighton (so alcohol should not be packed in carry-on baggage). Neither Star Island nor the Steamship Company has professionally trained luggage handlers.
Please pack any prescription drugs in your carry-on luggage.

Announcing our 2021 Theme Speaker, Rev. Tandi Rogers!

Religious Education as a Tool for (Adaptive) Change.
Led by Rev. Tandi Rogers
Change can be dynamic fuel for growth, an overwhelmingly oppressive and reactive force, and everything in-between.
This workshop (audaciously during a pandemic) attempts to normalize change for you as an individual and for the organizations you serve. This class will cover change theory in real-time analysis, introduce you to a wide variety of religious education tools (particularly for adults), cover some human development (enough for a strategic plan) and culminate in a Strategic Faith Formation Plan developed from a case study.
What to expect:
  • pre-class interview (think virtual tea) with another religious professional
  • pre-class reflection and picture collecting
  • reading Emergent strategy: shaping change, changing worlds by adrienne maree brown (2017), articles, podcasts and videos (which will be posted in a closed class website)
  • two hours together (hybrid: some folks are virtual and some folks are there on island) in the morning,
  • some time apart (however you don’t need to tell your people that– you can tell your people that you have class all day and then use that time in between for napping or joy reading. Like seriously.)
  • two hours in the afternoon together and then
  • 45-60 minutes in your learning group.
Monday: kinds and nature of change, insight from the pre-assignment interviews
Tuesday: characteristics of effective change leaders, power of a scope and sequence
Wednesday: change and conflict, communication
Thursday: resource overview, case studies
Friday: class presentations of small group Strategic Faith Formation Plan
Seminar Outcomes:
Participants will be able to:
· Normalize change in their own lives and that of ministerial contexts.
· Normalize conflict in their own lives and that of ministerial contexts.
· Analyze religious communities using various change models and frameworks.
· Create a scope and sequence of faith formation tools to support the development of desired shifts in values, skills, and orientations.
· Identify useful evaluation tools for change.
In Class Methods:
Discussions in small group
Populi Reflection Questions Journaling
Case studies
Small group workshopping
Class presentation
A note from Tandi: This seminar is based on a 3- credit course I taught at Meadville-Lombard Theological School. It counts toward continuing education for ministers. So here’s an idea… What if ministers and DREs took this class together? Maybe added a member of their Committee on Ministry? That’s how revolutions start. It’s been shown over and over that if you want ideas to stick, don’t send just one person to a training, but a team of people.
This weeklong seminar is based on a class Rev. Rogers taught at Meadville Lombard Theological School.
Rev. Tandi Rogers  is a multi-vocational minister: affiliate faculty at Meadville Lombard Theological School, adjunct faculty at Seattle University’s School of Theology & Ministry, a Learning Strategist for the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Congregational Life Conflict Engagement effort, and a  Spiritual Director in private practice .

Tandi has been serving the UUA in many roles since 2002:
  • Pacific Western Region Congregational Life team (2016-2020)
  • Innovation & Network Specialist (2014-2016)
  • Growth Strategist (2011-2014)
  • Interim Director of the Youth & Young Adult Office (2010-2011)
  • Pacific Northwest Districts’ Program Specialist (2002-2011)
Prior to the UUA, she served  Associated Ministries of Pierce County  as their Development Officer and was a teacher and grants officer at the  Muckleshoot Tribal School .
Tandi is married to  Rev. Sue Phillips , and they have five children (ages 12, 24, 24, 26 and 26.) Tacoma, WA is her home.

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.

Sunrise Yoga

Join Laura Beth Brown live streamed each morning from 7-8 AM for morning yoga! Come awaken your body, mind, and spirit to the day through intentional breathing, asana (postures), meditation, and chanting. Not an early bird? No problem! Each session will be recorded and available for 24 hours.

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.