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An Invitation to "Summer Storytelling" - UCC Family & Youth Conferences on Zoom ~ Aug. 6-20, Free!

Dear Village Church Friends, In a normal summer, Star Island United Church of Christ would have gathered for family and youth conferences in the Isles of Shoals, off the New Hampshire coast (http://stargathering.org/). Marooned on the mainland this year, the wonderful speakers will present by Zoom. The upside is that the programming, this summer on the theme of "Storytelling", is accessible without a ferry ride. The events are listed below, with links for free registration. On behalf of Star Island UCC, I invite you to join us online. Please email me if you have questions about the webinars or about attending on island in 2021 (neil.simister@stargathering.org).


Neil Simister

Vice President, SIUCC

Thursday, August 6th, at 7 PM: Storyteller Andre Keitt will lead an interactive workshop, "When I Think of Home." Andre weaves stories of his African American family's strong bonds, telling of struggles and victories that make bright futures possible. He invites his audience to bring inspirational family pictures and their own families’ stories of striving and thriving. Andre's event will be limited to twenty participants, who will be invited to share a family photograph (PDF) and story by Zoom. To sign up, please follow the link >


Thursday, August 13th, at 7 PM: Rev. Traci Blackmon will speak in a Webinar "Story Matters" followed by Q&A moderated by Rev. Matilda Cantwell (https://starisland.org/program/story-matters-an-offering-from-rev-traci-...). Rev. Blackmon is the Associate General Minister of Justice and Local Church Ministries for the United Church of Christ. Rev. Blackmon has been prominent in community leadership and public witness in the aftermath of the killings of Black people by law enforcement. She has received the White House President’s Volunteer Service Award and the NAACP's Rosa Parks Award. Follow this link to register >


Thursday, August 20th, at 7 PM: Storyteller Valerie Tutson will present. She is a founding member and Executive Director of the Rhode Island Black Storytellers, and director of FUNDA FEST: An Annual Celebration of Black Storytelling. Some of the best loved bible stories take place on the road to … Damascus, Emmaus, Jericho … somewhere. In "Stories for the Road" Valerie will let us be part of those stories and tell them for ourselves. Please follow this link to sign up >