Theme – Joy: The Art of Living

Join us this summer!

Tuesday July 21 – Friday July 24, 2015


Adult  - $175
Student - $50
Kids - $20

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2015 Theme:  Joy: The Art of Living – #KFestJoy
In his Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer, C.S. Lewis put joy as the highest goal of being human.
What does it mean to have joy in our lives today? Who are the role models and mentors we turn to as those living joyous lives? Where is true joy to be found in our culture today? What can artists show us as to what true joy looks, feels and sounds like?

1) WHEN: Tuesday July 21 to Friday July 24, 2015. (If you are arriving from off-island please plan on a Monday arrival so you can be with us for the Tuesday morning session at 10:30)

2) WHAT: KindlingsFest is a celebration of art and ideas and where they intersect with the spiritual. This four-day getaway provides just the right mix of free time for you and your family to enjoy the refreshing wonders of Orcas Island while drinking in the a stimulating morning lecture, conversations with artists in residence and BagEnd Cafe –  a good old fashioned family backyard evening with young and old singing, reading their original poetry while roasting s'mores; It is time for all us mere mortals to bring our creative  stuff (as time allows).

The Kindlings is a relational, intergenerational movement whose mission is to rekindle the spiritual, intellectual and creative legacy of Christians in culture. The Kindlings welcomes people to participate in our events regardless of their religious affiliation.

3) WHERE: Off the coast of Washington State on beautiful Orcas Island, gem of the San Juan islands. Orcas Island was named by Island Magazine as one of the top ten islands in the world to call home. Events are held at Orcas Island Community Church, 176 Madrona Street Eastsound Washington 98245
One of the many reasons to come to Orcas Island for KindlingsFest:


Brenda Salter McNeilBrenda Salter McNeil

Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil is an Associate Professor of Reconciliation Studies in the School of Theology at Seattle Pacific University, where she also directs the Reconciliation Studies Minor program. Dr. Brenda is also the author of A Credible Witness: Reflections on Power, Evangelism and Race and The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change Leads to Social Change, as well as, a speaker and thought leader with over 25 years of ministry experience in the field of racial, ethnic and gender reconciliation.

guiteDr. Malcolm Guite

A poet, priest and academic living and working in Cambridge who has thought deeply about building intergenerational communities. His recent writings are The Singing Bowl, Sounding the Seasons, and What Do Christians Believe?: Belonging and Belief in Modern Christianity. He also plays in Cambridge rock band Mystery Train, and lectures widely in England and USA on poetry and theology.

Steve GarberDr. Steve Garber

Steven Garber is a teacher of many people in many places, and is the Principal of The Washington Institute, which is focused on the meaning of vocation for the common good. For many years on the faculty of the American Studies Program in Washington, DC, for much of his life he has studied the intersection of popular culture with political culture. A consultant to businesses, foundations and educational institutions, including the Murdock Trust, the Wedgwood Circle, the Demdaco Corporation, and Mars, Incorporated. His most recent book is Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good. A native of the great valleys of Colorado and California, he is married to Meg and they have five adult children whose lives have taken them all over the world.

Steve TaylorSteve Taylor

Filmmaker/writer/producer/recording artist Steve Taylor earned his “Renaissance Man” stripes from a body of work that’s garnered him multiple Grammy, Billboard, Telly, Addy and Dove awards and nominations. He has produced records and filmed videos for Sixpence None the Richer, Fleming & John, Rich Mullins, Guardian and The Newsboys. He was given the Briner Impact Award in 2005 (named after the late Bob Briner, author of Roaring Lambs), and was profiled in Donald Miller’s latest New York Times bestseller A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story, also directing, co-writing, and producing of "Blue Like Jazz," the film based on Miller's book by the same name. He is also Filmmaker-In-Residence at Lipscomb University’s Film and Creative Media Program.

Dick StuabDick Staub 

Dick Staub is an award-winning broadcaster, writer and founder of The Kindlings. After years of interviewing the shapers of American culture ~ authors, futurists, theologians, filmmakers, musicians, philosophers, business leaders, educators, politicians, trend-watchers and others ~ Dick Staub is one of today’s most experienced and thoughtful observers of belief in contemporary culture.

KeussDr. Jeff Keuss
Sundance Select

President of The Kindlings, Jeff Keuss is a theologian who writes and teaches on the intersection of theology and culture at Seattle Pacific University. Jeff is at turns a father of three daughters, a husband, a Presbyterian clergyman, a professor of theology, a researcher and writer on theology, literature and contemporary culture, a friend and teacher, a reclusive monk in some places and a sideshow freak in others. He is the author of Blur: A New Paradigm for Understanding Youth Culture and Your Neighbor's Hymnal: What Popular Music Teaches Us about Faith, Hope, and Love. And someone who drinks too much coffee in places that have free wi-fi.

Sundance Films:

How To Dance In Ohio Film"How To Dance In Ohio"

"In Columbus, Ohio, a group of young people with an array of developmental challenges prepares for an iconic event – a spring formal dance. They spend 12 weeks confronting and practicing their social skills as they prepare for the big event, to be hosted at a local disco. Working with their trusted psychologist, they deconstruct fear and larger-than-life social anxiety one step at a time by picking dates, dresses, and, ultimately, a King and Queen of the Prom. HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO is a story of the universal human need to grow, connect and belong as uniquely dramatized by individuals facing the deepest struggle toward social survival.

Burts-buzz "Burt's Buzz"

"BURT’S BUZZ is a journey into the remarkable double life of Burt Shavitz— a reclusive beekeeper who reluctantly became one of the world’s most recognizable brand identities...Moving from his privileged childhood on Long Island to his early career as a photo-journalist in counter-culture Greenwich Village, Burt left his past behind to pursue an almost monastic existence as a beekeeper in upstate Maine. Between these extremes is the story of a man who chose his own path and accidentally spawned a billion dollar natural product line. Guided by those who know -- or at least think they know -- Burt best, Burt's Buzz is a fascinating portrait of a singular personality who refuses to conform." 

Artists In Residence

David DarkDavid Dark

David Dark is the critically acclaimed author of The Sacredness of Questioning Everything, Everyday Apocalypse: The Sacred Revealed in Radiohead, The Simpsons, and Other Pop Culture Icons and The Gospel according to America: A Meditation on a God-blessed, Christ-haunted Idea. An educator, Dark is currently pursuing his PhD in Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University. He has had articles published in Paste, Oxford American, Books and Culture, among others. A frequent speaker, Dark has also appeared on C-SPAN’s Book-TV and in an award-winning documentary, "Marketing the Message." He lives with his singer-songwriter wife and our KindlingsFest Artist-In-Residence, Sarah Masen, and their three children in Nashville.(via Goodreads)

Sarah MasenSarah Masen
Singer Songwriter

Originally from Detroit, Singer-Songwriter Sarah Masen has recorded numerous albums including her self-titled Sarah Masen, Carry Us Through, The Dreamlife of Angels, and The Holding.  In 2007, she self-released three EPs containing a total of 15 songs. The new works were first performed at the Festival of Faith and Music at Calvin College when she shared the bill with Sufjan StevensEmmylou Harris and Neko Case, among others. She lives and writes in Nashville, Tennessee, where she occasionally performs with the likes of Ginny Owens, Ashley Cleveland, and Sherry Cothran.

D.L. Taylor
D.L. Taylor
Visual Artist

D. L. Taylor was born in Seattle, Washington in 1956. Primarily self-taught as a painter, she has exhibited in multiple gallery and group shows in the U.S. and U.K. and created album cover art, and book covers for various artists, and authors. After she and her husband adopted their Ugandan daughter a decade ago, she has limited her primary creative output to commission work with an emphasis in sacred art. Debbie lives with her husband – Steve Taylor – and daughter in Nashville, Tennessee.

Eric MillerEric Miller
Singer Songwriter

Host of BagEnd Café. Eric began as a drummer in various rock bands in Grass Valley, CA, but soon moved to Seattle to pursue his own sound. Fascinated by musicians like James Taylor, Randy Newman, and Bob Dylan, he began to craft story songs and has been performing in the Northwest since 2004. Eric's first album, There Is Nothing For You Here (December 2009), features players from his community in a larger-ensemble mostly acoustic production. His second album, City Lights (September 2012), rocks a little harder than the first and features his full band sound. He combines genres in a totally refreshing way, taking American Folk and blending it with the subtleties of Rock, Country, and Blues. He provides authentic musical experiences to a variety of listeners.

Contemplative Worship

jeff johnsonJeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson will lead contemplative worship each morning!  ArkMusic recording artist, Jeff Johnson is a composer, producer, and Selah worship leader who has released numerous solo recordings along with collaborations with Irish flutist, Brian Dunning inspired by Stephen Lawhead's novels, as well as guitarist, Phil Keaggy.

scott-cairnsScott Cairns

Poet Scott Cairns is the Catherine Paine Middlebush Chair in English at the University of Missouri. His poems have appeared in journals including The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Image, and Poetry, and have been anthologized in Upholding Mystery, Best Spiritual Writing, and Best American Spiritual Writing. He will be sharing excerpts from his Idiot Psalms accompanied by Jeff Johnson.


Jerry on Point 300Dr. Jerry Root

Dr. Jerry Root earned his Ph.D. at British Open University. Thesis: C. S. Lewis and the Problem of Evil: A Pervasive Theme. He is co-editor of the classic: The Quotable Lewis. Upon graduation from college he selected Lewis as an author who would take him to other authors and has made of him a life study. Jerry has lectured in 14 countries and 19 States.


Anna MillerAnna M. Miller

Producer of The Kindlings Muse podcasts at Hale’s Ales Brewery. Anna earned her M.Div. at Seattle Pacific Seminary and is Interim Campus Minister at Seattle Pacific University. She is Lead Intercessor at Intercessors4Justice, has been trained in a variety of Inner Healing Prayer techniques and finds great joy in facilitating transformative spiritual experiences – especially for thoughtful creatives. Anna will be available throughout KindlingsFest for conversations regarding discernment and prayer.

4) SCHEDULE: KindlingsFest is intentionally light on programming so you can relax and enjoy the beauty and slower pace of life on Orcas Island. DOWNLOAD THE SCHEDULE (PDF)
- Registration 8:30 AM
– Devotional in the morning (9 AM W, TH, FRI).
– Lecture (10:30 AM Daily).
– Buffet lunch (12:30 PM Daily).
– Kindlings Muse at 6:00 pm. BagEnd (7:45 T, WED)
– Sundance Select (T & W 9:00 PM): Two provocative films from Sundance
with discussion at lunch the next day with Dr. Jeff Keuss

5) BUFFET LUNCH: After each lecture we offer a catered buffet ($14 per person). You will order meals when you register, but you will pay for your meals when you check in for KindlingsFest. The meal after the morning lecture is a great way to meet people from all over the country (and world) who are joining us for KindlingsFest. See the menu at bottom of this page.

All other items (see below: accommodations, meals and all other events) are ala carte! Please use the links below to book your accommodations and make your travel arrangements NOW! Orcas Island gets overbooked in the summer.

6) What about kids? KindlingsKids is a fun program for kids thirteen and under (with a nursery) that operates during the morning lectures. The kids love it! This year's program will be run by Kenneth Kuhn.

ken kuhnKenneth Kuhn

Associate Director of Children's and Youth Ministry at Bethany Community Church North, where he leads Christian discipleship for kids in preschool through middle school. Passionate about the role that families play in children's spiritual formation, Ken most enjoys connecting with and pastoring the families that he serves at Bethany. Ken is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University, where he received a degree in Educational Ministry with an emphasis in Children and Family ministry.

7) Our registration fees for KindlingsFest 2015 were set modestly to cover our actual expenses for this event. The per adult price is $175. $50 per student. Children 12 and under $20 . (Some scholarship funds may be available by writing The Center for Faith & Culture, PO Box 77385, Seattle, WA 98177-0385.)

8) KindlingsKamp @ KindlingsFest 2015 We were encouraged to see more students, young adults and families at K-Fest last summer, but we also recognize the cost of accommodations is a barrier for many. So ~ we opened up a low-cost ($30 for the week), rustic, camping area on church property to accommodate about 50 campers. Bring your own tent if possible, for others, a couple of dormitory style tents will house singles and we can provide a few more tents for those who cant bring them. There will be showers available at nearby gym twice a day and there will be portable bathrooms. If you are interested in this possibility, go ahead and register and mention your interest in the COMMENTS area. A PDF of  details can be found HERE.


–> Adult: $175 (Pricing now starts at $160 until June 1)
–> Students: $50 (Early Bird Student Pricing is $25 until June 1)
–> Children: $20

Please Register- so you won't miss a thing!
(Full refund available until May 31th.
Then 50% refund until July 7th)


Have questions or need help with registration?
Contact: Pam Du Pas


8) ACCOMMODATIONS: It is a good idea to book your accommodations ASAP. Here are some resources(Click Links):

Plan on arriving Monday, and leaving Saturday afternoon. NEW FOR 2015! YOU NEED TO RESERVE YOU SPOT ON THE FERRY. DO IT NOW!




MAP to Orcas Island Community Church

- Sample of Last Year's Buffet Menu -

Tuesday: Grilled Salmon ciabatta, garden salad with balsamic vinaigrette, strawberry shortcake
Wednesday: Mixed grill kabobs, Mediterranean pasta salad, blackberry cobbler
Thursday: Homemade wood fired pizzas, Caesar salad, apple crisp
Friday BBQ baby back ribs, corn bread, cole slaw, cookies

Drinks | Sweet Basil Lemonade, Iced Tea and Ice Water