All Star II 2010

All Star II Family Conference 2010Saturday, July 3 to Saturday, July 10

Chairs: Joni and Brian Lipton

Renewal on the Rocks..... Discover the magic as we gather with family and friends on an Island ten miles out to relax, reflect and renew. During All Star II, young and old will awake to the sounds of ocean and gulls, marvel at the diversity of flora and fellow Shoalers, and close each day with an inspirational candlelight service in Star's historic stone chapel. Hours in between are filled with sports, art, music, rowing, theatre, reading, friendship, and a thought provoking lecture series, or simply relaxing in a porch rocker at the Oceanic Hotel, communing with one's self, one's family, and old and new friends. Morning and afternoon children's programs led by our wonderful and expert staff offer creative fun for the kids. Gather with us in 2010 for laughter, friendship and spiritual renewal.

2010 Speaker and Theme:The Times They Are a Changin’… Are They Really?

How hard is it to make political change in America? A look at what has happened to our politics, our campaigns, the issues that really matter. From 24-hour news channels, to the rise of social media, to the decline of traditional press coverage, how do we make sense of it all?

Our guest speaker, Peter Fenn, is President of Fenn Communications Group in Washington DC, a political consulting firm that has worked in over 300 campaigns, from mayor to President. Peter and his firm have also served as media advisors to Fortune 500 companies, advocacy groups, and non profits, as well as internationally. Peter teaches at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management and is a frequent guest on cable news and the major networks. He can be seen regularly on Saturday mornings on MSNBC opposite Pat Buchanan.

Minister: The Reverend Erica Baron, Minister of the UU Church of Rutland and UU Fellowship of Bennington, will be joining us as a New Shoaler and our Minister of the Week. Erica began her journey as a Unitarian Universalist in the First UU Society of Burlington, Vermont, at age 1. Since then, she’s been active in large, small, and mid-size Unitarian Universalist congregations, and even experienced Unitarianism in Ireland for a year. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School. She currently serves as the minister of the Unitarian Universalist congregations of Rutland and Bennington, Vermont. She also served on the staff of Northeast Leadership School for 3 years, and currently serves on the Commission on Appraisal.