Summer Institute is now!

Last day to register!

Registration is Closed. See You On The 17th!

What is Summer Institute?

Where is it? Where do we sleep? What does a day look like?


Audio, Video, and pictures from past Summer Institutes

OMDSI Blog Posts

Packing List Clarifications

We would like to offer a few clarifications regarding the packing list based on questions that have come up: The beds in the dorms are extra long twins. The beds in the townhouses are regular double beds. The college does provide one pillow and one blanket per person. However, they are not exactly… shall we […]

Religious Education Announcement and Call for Help

Something new and something you can do! The RE program is introducing a new adventure in the late afternoons this year… Dr. WhUU! Come join us for some wibbley wobbley fun! Join us while we chart the intersection of science and our faith! We will journey in a big blue box  through time and space […]

Call for Nominations

The SI Planning Council (SIPC), which is responsible for making SI happen each year, consists of 9 members who each serve for 3 years.  Each year, the 3 members who have served for 3 years leave the committee and are replaced.  Recruitment of new planning committee members has been done by the existing committee, a […]

Summer Institute 2017: July 9th – 15th

Theme Speaker: Sheila Schuh

Sheila Schuh is the Director of Religious Education at the First Unitarian Church of Rochester, NY

Sheila’s theme is ‘Beyond Lip Service: The Courage to Communicate UU Values’

About Summer Institute

Inter-generational Program

OMD Summer Institute is an Intentional Community that gathers for a week every July. Daily activities include Worship, Workshops, and Theme talks, and lots of fun! What does the typical day look like? As busy or relaxed as you care to make it. It can end in the pub, or sitting outside under the trees.

Young Adults

The Young Adult Program

Young Adults (18 – 35) have some of their own programming, and also participate in much of the regular adult programming at SI.Young Adults have their own dorm as well as evening worship services. Young Adults also run our fanciest and most awesome scholarship fundraiser, Monte Carlo Night. Can’t get away for the whole week? Come for the weekend deal.


Our Youth Program

The Youth Program offers age-appropriate programming for about 125 youth from grades 6 or 7 (at the parent’s discretion) through grade 12, including recent high school graduates.  The group works both as a whole but also has distinct programming for the junior high group and the senior high group. The program features an adult chaperoned Youth Dorm for Senior High youth, Touch Base Groups, the Youth Coffeehouse and an adult chaperoned All-Nighter.


Childrens Program

What do children (aged 0 to 6th grade) do at Summer Institute? While the adults and youth are in their morning programming, the Children are in their own morning program. There are also several opportunities for kids to shine at SI including the Talent Show and Childrens Choir.

Music Opportunities

There are many opportunities to perform music and share your musical talents with others at SI: choir, folk orchestrasmall group ensembles perform late in the week, Drum Circles frequently pop up, or casual ‘pick up’ groups that gather spontaneously during the week. Bring your instrument or your voice and don’t be shy about getting involved!

Summer Institute Staff

There are many hard working volunteers who spend all year bringing Summer Institute to all of us each year. See the current members of the main Planning Committee, the Young Adult Panel, and the Youth Panel.


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Recent News

Videos from Rev. Joan Van Becelaere’s morning seminar

If you attended Rev. Joan Van Becelaere’s morning seminar: Once Upon a Time in Judea…. A Story-Focused Intro to the New Testament, or wished you could have, here are the videos that were shown.


SI 2017 Evaluation

The 2017 evaluation is here: We read them all and care about your thoughts. Thank you so much!


2017 Slideshow


Lunch at OUUF today!

Oberlin Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is offering a post-SI lunch from 11-2 today. Their address is  355 E Lorain St, Oberlin, OH 44074. Please stop by!


Bookstore Winners

Four people have won raffle prizes at the bookstore and not picked them up. They will be on the table to the right of the stage in First Church.  These people are: Brian Hagemann, Eliza Hens Greco, Alan Halperin, and Bill Thongs.


SICoM and SIPC Nominees

The SI Committee on Ministry has completed their good work and assembled two  slates of candidates, one to serve the planing council and one to serve on the Committee on Ministry. We will have a voice up or down vote on each slate at closing ceremony. The candidates for SIPC are: Nathan Morse, Anne Wilson, […]


Scooter Return Saturday

Scooter returns tomorrow: Please park mobility scooters in the Linda Gates room in Kahn Hall. Cal will collect and return them. Thanks.


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