Theme – Joy: The Art of Living

Join us this summer!

Tuesday July 21 – Friday July 24, 2015


$150/ Adult - Early Bird until April 15
($160 April 16 - June 1. $175 after June 1st)
$25/Student Early Bird until April 15

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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.

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!  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.

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

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!

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 Kindlings @ PO Box 729, Eastsound, WA 98245.)

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 (Early Bird Pricing starts at $150 until April 15)
–> Students: $50 (Early Bird Student Pricing is $25 until April 15)
–> 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.



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