Theme – The New Storytellers: New fiction and Art Telling Old Truths

July 25 – July 29, 2016


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

Registration coming soon!

2016 Theme:  The New Storytellers: New fiction and Art Telling Old Truths – #KFestJoy
What are the dominant stories and storytellers today? Where is our culture hearing the story that is directing our culture? JRR Tolkien in his biography: "We have come from God and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming a 'sub-creator' and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew before the Fall. Out myths may be misguided, but they steer however shakily towards the true harbor, while materialistic 'progress' leads only to a yawning abyss and the Iron Crown of evil."

1) WHEN: Monday July 25 to Friday July 29, 2016. (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:


Stephen LawheadStephen Lawhead

is an award-winning writer of non-fiction, fiction, and children's titles have variously been published in twenty-four foreign languages. He has won numerous industry awards, and in 2003 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the University of Nebraska.mane Letters by the University of Nebraska.

guiteDr. Malcolm Guite

(Assuming He can Get Into The U.S.A.) 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.

Film and Creative Media Program.

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


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.

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. 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!

7) Our registration fees for KindlingsFest 2016 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 2016 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!
(Full refund available until May 31th.
Then 50% refund until July 7th)

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. 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