All Together Now!
Workshop Leader: FLOWER
The Rev. Dr. Leon Dunkley is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist. The church of his childhood was the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Monmouth County in Lincroft, New Jersey. From this church and from its minister, Reverend Harold Dean, Leon learned about the sweetness of life. He learned about compassion, peace and possibility. He received his undergraduate degree at Tufts University and his Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Pittsburgh. He was interested in traditional drumming of Ghana and the Republic of Zaire, the Kora tradition of Senegal, the Gamelan traditions of Java and Bali in Indonesia, the African American and jazz tradition(s) in the Americas and, most recently, in Bluegrass and Country Blues. He sings and plays several instruments— including guitar, piano, conga, gangogwe (West African double bell), didjeridu. He is just getting started on the dobro and octave mandolin. [Continue Reading]
Minister of The Week
Morning Theme Talk: "Embrace Faith Formation for the 21st Century"Katie has lived and breathed the creative chaos of faith formation since 1984. She has been part of “old school” religious education philosophy. She has now embraced faith formation for the 21st century. She is passionate about placing themed ministry at the center of our service to congregations. Each day, she will share the story of how and why she changed her mind around a particular aspect of congregational life, including worship, home connections, youth programs and child and family ministry. She is the author of "Full Circle; Growing Lifelong Unitarian Universalists" a book published by the Unitarian Universalist Association, which traces 15 common threads which arose in conversations with lifelong Unitarian Universalists. Katie is also an author for Tapestry of Faith as well as self-published works, and knows the diversity of our congregations’ program needs. Katie has been an adjunct faculty in UU Religious Education for Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO and the Methodist Theological Seminary of Ohio. Katie has coalesced the ways her mind has changed in her current position as Soul Matters Director of Religious Education. She grabs hold of big abstract themes and turns them into laser focused sessions for children, youth and families. Think Eensy-Weensy Spider as the embodiment of “Being a People of Perseverance.” Use Fibonacci’s Number for the theme of “Being a People of Balance” with Youth. Katie Covey is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist. She grew up in congregations in Midland, MI, Claremont, CA, Charleston, W.VA and Devon, PA. She received her Masters from Tufts University in Human Development. She has been an outdoor instructor and spent 60 days in the backcountry of Montana every summer, raising her family in the wilderness for 11 years. She is also a technology lover. She sees a creative path available to us as UU spiritual leaders in both the technical and natural worlds.
Porch Chats and Resource Room with Cathy Seggel
THE RESOURCE ROOM: Your FD conference Library
Please visit the Resource Room at the end of the Oceanic Porch to browse or explore curricula and
resources. The room is open most of the time and staffed before and after “Porch Chats.” I am happy to
consult with religious educators about our professional organization, Liberal Religious Educators
Association and how it serves our faith.
I look forward to being with you, Cathy Seggel
PORCH CHATS 2-3pm ~ All interested conferees are welcome and encouraged to ”chat”
Come to the circle of rocking chairs outside of the Resource Room at 2pm each afternoon and join
these facilitated conversations. The chats are relevant to all conferees who are Youth, Volunteer
Teachers, DREs, Parents, Committee members, Musicians, Ministers and everyone. Facilitators will be
a variety of leadership, including the minister of the week, Natalie Fenimore, LREDA and UUA leaders,
Rev., Gail Forsyth-Vail & Kirsten Hunter and others.
Cathy Seggel has been coming to Star Island LRE Week for many years, serving in a variety of roles
from Executive Dean to leading workshops. Cathy is a warm and reassuring presence to all who meet
her and an expert resource around UU faith development for children, youth and adults and shared
ministry. Cathy has served as the religious educator at First Unitarian Providence RI for over 20 years.
A graduate of the University of Connecticut with a BS in Nursing, she earned her Master of Theology
degree from Harvard Divinity School. She is immediate past president of the Liberal Religious
Educators Association, the professional organization for UU religious educators. Cathy lives in
Providence with her husband, Norm. They have three children and four grandchildren.