Theme: Come To your Senses

Tuesday July 22nd – Friday July 25th, 2014


–> Early Bird $150/Adult ($175 after May 30th)
–> Students: $50
–> Children: $20

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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

This lyric tenor was hailed by the Seattle Times as “almost superhuman in musical effect” As a concert artist, Mr. Hauck is a regular with the Seattle Symphony, and has also sung with the National Symphony, Chicago Symphony as a member of the Steans Institute, and the Tanglewood symphony. Mr. Hauck was a member of the prestigious Filene Center for American Artists at Wolf Trap for two seasons, where he was awarded the Wolf Trap Foundation Grant from the National Park for the performing arts. A recipient of awards from the Macallister Opera Competition, the New York Singing Teachers Association, the NATSAA competition, the Florida Grand Opera competition, Tanglewood Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and other national organizations, he has received rave reviews in many publications including Opera News, the Washington Post, New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Seattle Times. A distinguished alumnus of DePauw University(B.M.), and Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music(M.M. and Artist Diploma). Mr. Hauck has developed a reputation as a consummate musician, and he has stepped in frequently to learn new roles and music on short notice.  Mr. Hauck is frequently noted for his expressive capabilities in delivering the text of a song.  Of his singing, the San Francisco Classical Voice and Opera News commented on, “an elevated and extraordinary range of subtle inflections. The singing was as nuanced as one would expect from a consummate art-song recitalist or bel canto specialist. ”  Mr. Hauck is an adjunct professor of voice at Seattle University and a contributing faculty member at Cornish College of the Arts.


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.

Contemplative Worship


Wendy Goodwin and Jeff JohnsonJeff Johnson
and Wendy Goodwin

Jeff Johnson and Wendy Goodwin will lead contemplative worship each morning! . The truly great musicians are 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. Wendy Goodwin has distinguished herself as a versatile and creative presence in the Pacific Northwest and beyond through unique violin and vocal styling joining Classical, Jazz and Americana. Ms. Goodwin currently performs extensively with Windham Hill/Ark Music recording artists Jeff Johnson and Brian Dunning.


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

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 forKindlingsFest. 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 sample 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. Register early by May 30th and the price per adult is $150. After May 30th 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.

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


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

- Buffet Menu -

Tuesday: Grilled Salmon Ciabata Sandwich, Potato Salad, Apple Crisp
Wednesday: Vegetarian Lasagna, Garden Salad, Garlic Bread, Berry Cobbler
Thursday: Wood Fired Pizzas, Caesar Salad, Hot Fudge Sundaes
Friday BBQ Pork Back Ribs, Corn Bread, Cole Slaw and Brownies 

Drinks | Sweet Basil Lemonade, Iced Tea and Ice Water