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saturday, APRIL 1st
Non-member: $100
THe Church Member: $85
*Includes all presentations, q&A, breakfast,
and a wine and cheese reception with the panelists
We are currently at capacity for this event.
If you would like your name to be added to the waitlist please email:
We will do our best to accommodate those who are interested in attending. Thank you!

What do actor and farmer Isabella Rossellini, cartoonist Roz Chast, NYT best selling author Paul Greenberg, toy designer Cas Holman, ecologist Carl Safina, and musician Paul Winter have in common? They are all speakers at the 2023 Creativity Conference! Join The Church for our second annual gathering of ideas exploring the creativity in the arts and sciences, featuring six outstanding leaders. Each speaker will present on their own creative practice and life and follow with a panel involving the group as well as a Q&A. Held in the glorious architecture of The Church’s main floor; the day promises an intimate and in-depth look at how our speakers are changing the world through creativity – and how you can cultivate your own.


The day will conclude with a wine and cheese reception, giving attendees the opportunity to converse with the lecturers at the end of an informative, insightful, and inspiring day of talks, questions, curiosity, and creativity! This year’s program was guest curated by Carl Safina alongside The Church’s Co-Founder, April Gornik, and Executive Director Sheri Pasquarella.


Tickets include breakfast and a wine and cheese reception. Attendees are welcome to come to as many talks as their schedule permits. No tickets will be sold for individual talks.





8:30 AM: Doors open; light breakfast and coffee provided.

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Session 1.

  • 3 speakers present consecutively, with 30-minute presentations each (Plus a 15 minute Q&A) This will be followed by a group Q&A with all 3 speakers and a moderator.

  • 9:05 AM: Paul Greenberg

  • 9:50 AM: Roz Chast

  • 10:35 AM: Carl Safina

  • 11:20 AM: GROUP Q&A (with session 1 speakers)

12:00 - 1:00 PM: Lunch break.

1:15 - 4:30 PM: Session 2.

  • 3 speakers present consecutively, with 30-minute presentations each (Plus a 15 minute Q&A). This will be followed by a group Q&A with all 3 speakers and a moderator

  • 1:20 PM: Isabella Rossellini

  • 2:05 PM: Cas Holman

  • 2:50 PM: Paul Winter

  • 3:35 PM: GROUP Q&A (with session 2 speakers)

4:15 - 6:00 PM: Roundtable  Q & A and Wine & Cheese Reception.


Roz Chast
Image Courtesy of Roz Chast

Chast is a longtime cartoonist for The New Yorker. Her graphic memoir, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, was a finalist for the National Book Award and the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2014. Her newest book, entitled I Must Be Dreaming, will be published by Bloomsbury in October 2023.


Paul Greenberg 
Photo by Justin Schein

Greenberg is the best-selling author of the James Beard Award-winner Four Fish as well as American Catch and four other books. A regular contributor to The New York Times and a frequent guest on national radio and television including Fresh Air with Terry Gross and Frontline, Mr. Greenberg lectures widely at institutions ranging from TED to Harvard University to Google. He is currently the writer-in-residence at the Safina Center and a visiting scholar at The University of Washington’s Ocean Nexus Center and teaches at New York University’s Animal Studies Program. His most recent book is The Climate Diet published by Penguin Press. 


Cas Holman

Photo by Thalassa Raasch

For two decades Holman has been designing playthings and playspaces that encourage exploration, imagination, and collaboration. Through her company Heroes Will Rise, Cas creates intuitive toys that inspire creative, open-ended play, including the award-winning Rigamajig, a line of playful building kits used in schools and public spaces worldwide. An educator of 12 years and former Associate Professor of Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Cas travels the globe to collaborate with thought and industry leaders in early education, curriculum design, public space, and childhood advocacy who share her passion for creating opportunities for child-directed free play. Her philosophy and approach to designing for play was recently featured in the award-winning documentary series “Abstract: The Art of Design” on Netflix. 


Isabella Rossellini
Photo by Paola Kudacki

Rossellini grew up in Paris and Rome. At 19, she moved to New York City and had a very successful modeling career appearing on numerous magazine covers including Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vanity Fair. Most notably, Rossellini was a model and spokesperson for Lancôme for over 40 years. Rossellini has appeared in numerous films including Il Prato, Blue Velvet, White Nights, Cousins, Death Becomes Her, Fearless, Big Night and more recently in Joy.

Film directors that Rossellini has worked with include Robert Zemeckis, David O. Russell, David Lynch, Robert Wilson, Taylor Hackford, Marjane Satrapi, and Guy Maddin. Founder of Mama Farm, an organic farm in Brookhaven, New York, where Rossellinni raises endangered breeds of farm animals. Rossellini’s other philanthropic interests embrace preservation of her family’s extraordinary cinematic heritage, including the films directed by her father, Roberto Rossellini and those featuring her mother, Ingrid Bergman. Rossellini, a mother of two and a grandmother, resides in Bellport, Long Island.


Carl Safina

Courtesy of Carl Safina

Safina’s lyrical non-fiction writing about the human relationship with the living world has won a MacArthur “genius” prize and Pew, Guggenheim, and National Science Foundation fellowships. His work has also been awarded the John Burroughs, James Beard, and George Rabb medals; and book awards from the National Academies, the Lannan Foundation, and Orion Magazine. Two of his books have been New York Times Notable Books of the Year.

Safina is the first Endowed Professor for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University, and founder of the not-for-profit Safina Center. His writing appears in the New York Times, Time, Audubon, National Geographic, on the Web at, Yale e360, and elsewhere, and his PBS series Saving the Ocean can be viewed online. Carl lives on Long Island, New York, with his wife the photographer Patricia Paladines, and their dogs and feathered friends. 


Paul Winter

Photo by Bill Ellzey

Winter’s musical odyssey has long embraced the cultures and creatures of the world. His concert tours and recording expeditions have taken him to 52 countries and to wilderness areas on six continents, into which he has traveled on rafts, dog sleds, horses, kayaks, and tugboats. He has recorded over 50 albums, seven of which have been honored with Grammy awards. “Concert in the Barn" was released to critical acclaim in 2022 and showcases the dynamic repertoire of the latest iteration of The Paul Winter Consort.

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