Theme: Come To your Senses

This year's KindlingsFest was one for the books. Join us next summer! Check back later to find out what the theme will be…

Tuesday July 22nd – Friday July 25th, 2014

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2014 Theme: Come to Your Senses Our Great story is a sensual one… from creation, we're made in God’s image, humans saw, heard, tasted and touched ~ to the imagery of the sound of trumpets and great banquet that wraps up history, God is about the senses. The incarnation standing at the center of the story bears witness to God’s transcendence touching down in immanence through God taking on flesh. Join us this summer as we explore this rich theme through lectures, poetry, art, dance, music, theatre ~ touching, tasting, hearing…feeling.

1) WHEN: Tuesday July 22nd to Friday July 25, 2014. (Important Note: we start and end a day earlier this year. 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


guiteDr. Malcolm Guite
Tuesday 10:30 AM
“This Sensuous God.”

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.


Bobette-BusterDr. Bobette Buster
Wednesday 10:30 AM
“Hear Ye, Hear Ye.”

After serving as creative executive for Tony Scott, Larry Gelbart and Ray Stark, Bobette Buster continues to consult for Hollywood’s prominent decision makers and creatives at leading studios including Pixar, 20th Century Fox, Disney Animation, and Sony Animation. Bobette conducts seminars for the most elite film school programs around the world. Bobette’s well-known and inspiring lectures have elicited extraordinary reactions from professional audiences around the world. Leading film industry figures, writers, communications leaders and other storytellers have also cited the effect it has had on the transformation within their own lives.


Graham KerrGraham Kerr
Thursday 10:30 AM
“Taste and See…”

Graham Kerr is an internationally known culinary and television personality, award-winning author, and master of metaphorical speaking. His focus is on serving people who want to make healthy, creative, lifestyle changes and to increase their consumption of fresh, local edible plants and seafood. His life goal is “to help to convert habits that harm into resources that heal both for ourselves and others in need.”


Bruce Herman Bruce Herman
and Dr. Walter Hansen
Friday 10:30 AM
"Through Your Eyes."

Bruce Herman is a painter and educator living and working in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Herman holds the Lothlórien Distinguished Chair in Fine Arts at Gordon College where has has taught and curated exhibitions since 1984. He completed both undergraduate and graduate fine arts degrees at Boston University College of Fine Arts with graduate work under Philip Guston and James Weeks; undergraduate work with David Aronson, Reed Kay, and Arthur Polonsky. Herman lectures widely and has had work published in many books, journals, and popular magazines––most recently in Walter Hansen's Through Your Eyes: Dialogues on the Paintings of Bruce Herman. His artwork has been exhibited in more than 25 solo shows and over 125 group exhibitions in eleven major cities including Boston, New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. His work has been shown internationally, including in England, Italy, Canada, and Israel. Herman’s art is featured in many public and private collections including the Vatican Museum of Modern Religious Art in Rome; The Cincinnati Museum of Fine Arts; DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts; the Hammer Museum, Grunwald Print Collection, Los Angeles; the Cape Ann Museum, and in many universities throughout the United States and Canada.

Walter HansenDr.Walter Hansen is a writer, New Testament scholar, and philanthropist whose work has taken him all over the world for teaching and ministry. Walter received a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College in 1968, a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1972 and a Doctor of Theology from the University of Toronto in 1985. He was Professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary (1995-2005), and has authored numerous books and articles on Paul's writing.


Artists In Residence

roger_feldmanRoger Feldman

Visual Artist with an Orcas Island Installation. Roger Feldman received an NEA Individual Artists Fellowship Grant in 1986. His site-specific sculpture has appeared in numerous solo exhibitions in the United States and England, including at the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park. A permanent site-specific piece appears in the collection of the Washington State Arts Commission. Images of his work were recently featured in an article in the Los Angeles Times Magazine. He completed his B.A. in Art Education at the University of Washington in 1972, and his M.F.A. at Claremont Graduate University; Claremont, California in 1977. He currently teaches at Seattle Pacific University.


Ross-HauckRoss Hauck

Ross Hauck is a tenor who sings with symphonies, opera companies, and music festivals across the country. Mr. Hauck is an alumnus of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, with further training at Tanglewood, Aspen, Ravinia, and Wolf Trap. He is a regular with the Seattle Symphony, and many of the regions finest ensembles. Beyond the concert stage, Mr. Hauck programs sacred concerts in creative collaboration with churches, colleges, and other institutions. He is an adjunct professor of voice at Seattle University, and lives is Maple Valley, WA with his wife and 4 kids.
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 Phil Madeira

Phil Madeira is a Nashville-based musician, artist, songwriter and producer. Phil has been a behind-the-scenes shaker and mover as a band member (Emmylou Harris; Her Red Dirt Boys, Buddy Miller, The Phil Keaggy Band) and session musician/songwriter (Alison Krauss, Mat Kearney, Old Crow Medicine Show, Buddy Miller, Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, Daniel Amos, Amy Grant, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Civil Wars, Julie Miller, The Band Perry, and many more).



Nigel's LightNigel Goodwin
Actor and Arts Advocate

Host of BagEnd Café. Nigel Goodwin is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and former student of Francis Schaeffer and Hans Rookmaker at La'Abri. He is the Founder of the London Arts Centre Group and Executive Director of Genesis Arts Trust, a ministry committed to serving the needs of Christian artists throughout the world. Nigel and his wife, Gillian, live on the Isle of Wight and are the parents of three grown daughters.


KeussDr. Jeff Keuss
Sundance Select

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. And someone who drinks too much coffee in places that have free wi-fi…in summer 2014 he will succeed founder Dick Staub as President of The Kindlings.

Sundance Select Films

Sepideh Film SundanceSepideh

Selected for Sundance Film Festival 2014 – World Cinema Documentary Competition."Sepideh wants to become an astronaut. She spends her nights exploring the secrets of the universe, while her family will do anything to keep her on the ground. The expectations for a young Iranian woman are very different from Sepideh's ambitions, and her plans to go to university are in danger. But Sepideh holds on to her dream! She takes up the fight and teams up with the world's first female space tourist, Anousheh Ansari."

this may be the last timeThis May Be The Last Time

"Director Sterlin Harjo heard a story hundreds of times growing up; the story of when his grandfather disappeared. Pete Harjo mysteriously went missing in 1962 after his car crashed on a rural bridge in Sasakwa, Oklahoma. The Seminole Indian community began a day and night search for his body. As they combed the riverbanks it is told that they sang songs of faith and hope that had been passed on for generations…The same Muscogee (Creek) hymns that once rang out during the government removal of Native Americans known as the Trail of Tears, continue to echo from the people during times of worship, joy, mourning, hope, tragedy. This May Be the Last Time illuminates the history of these powerful songs, in a fascinating study in ethnomusicology that traces all the way back to the Scottish Highlands from their continued significance to the Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole people today"

The OvernightersThe Overnighters

Winner: Special Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival 2014."In the tiny town of Williston, busloads of newcomers step into the sad reality of slim work prospects and nowhere to sleep. Over at Concordia Lutheran Church, Pastor Jay Reinke is hell-bent on delivering the migrants some dignity. Night after night he converts his church into a makeshift dorm and counseling center. But as broken men arrive in droves, the congregants sling criticism, neighbors get suspicious, and the town threatens an ordinance to shut Reinke down. When the Williston Herald gets wind that sex offenders are among Reinke’s “overnighters,” even the pastor’s supernatural determination can’t stop things from spinning out of control. How much will he sacrifice for his crusade of compassion? With unfettered access to electrifying and poignant moments, it’s impossible not to be riveted by the pastor’s dogged battle in a treacherous world where no man is immune to losing everything"

Contemplative Worship


MountainJeffJeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson will lead contemplative worship each morning!  This truly great musician is an eclectic blend of skillful dexterity, untamed imagination and passionate heart. Jeff Johnson’s wide variety of recorded work is a testimony to both his considerable skill and his boundless love. He is a musician’s musician, one who connects with a wide variety of people on a grand scale. He is equally at home capturing the slightest nuance on the smallest of recording projects and on the giant sound-stage of an Oscar winning film.


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.

The Kindlings Muse

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.

4) SCHEDULE: KindlingsFest is intentionally light on programming so you can relax and enjoy the beauty and slower pace of life on Orcas Island.
– 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 9:30 PM, TH 7:45): Three provocative films from Sundance
with discussion at lunch the next day with Dr. Jeff Keuss

AT-A-Glance Schedule


kfest 14 schedule5) 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. This 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!

7) Our registration fees for KindlingsFest 2014 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 Kindlings @ PO Box 729, Eastsound, WA 98245.)

8) KindlingsKamp @ KindlingsFest 2014 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
–> Students: $50
–> Children: $20

Please Register- so you won't miss a thing!


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.


 TRAVEL UPDATE: I-5 just north of SR 530 and just south of Stanwood (SR 532) will be undergoing Bridge Replacement Construction. Add some extra time to catch the Anacortes Ferry if you are coming from the Seattle or locations south of Stanwood. GET DETAILS

MAP to Orcas Island Community Church

- 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