Author Archives: Cliff Adams

Ready for SI??? So is your SIT Team

SIT Team??? Your SI Transportation Team! We are preparing for your week at Summer Institute! We are 4 drivers and two 6 passenger carts. We will be traversing the campus during peak activity times – before and between major activities such as workshops, meals, worship times and other highly attended activity times. The purpose of the SIT Team and our carts is to assist campers with mobility issues and help them get to activities on campus. Of course, if your mobility issue is that you […]

SI Registration Open! NO Fooling!!

The Summer Institute Brochure with workshops can be found here. Registration opens Sunday April 1st at 12:00 am! Register here. If you are staff for Summer Institute please contact your SIPC liaison for campership number and the tier of the staff position. Scholarship applications can be found here. Any questions please let us know! Bruce Kent 2018 SIPC Chair

Summer Institute Covenant

We value the “Summer Institute Magic” that we co-create for one week every year, so we promise to: Treat each individual and their gifts with gratitude. Make space for the creative and unexpected delights we might share with the community. Offer a generosity of spirit to each other as we make mistakes or are disappointed. We value the expectation of mutuality, so we promise to: Model and respect healthy boundaries, so that our diverse community is safe for all. Develop and maintain a heart of […]

Job Applications Available

Thank you to all who applied for a Job at Summer Institute!  Someone will be contacting you about your application shortly. If you didn’t apply already, there are still unfilled jobs.  Please consider these great opportunities to serve our community and be part of making Summer Institute the fantastic experience you know it to be. Please submit your application by the end of Friday, 2018-03-30. SI Job Application If you would like to apply for multiple positions, please submit a separate application for each. Thank you very […]

Job Applications are now open

Job Applications are now open! Please consider these great opportunities to serve our community and be part of making Summer Institute the fantastic experience you know it to be. Please submit your application by the end of Friday, 2018-03-09. SI Job Application If you would like to apply for multiple positions, please submit a separate application for each. Thank you very much for your participation, and for being part of the Summer Institute team! SIPC Thank you!

Chair’s Letter

The temperature outside is in the thirties, a veritable heat wave compared to the last month. It’s supposed to snow tomorrow, which is absurd. Punxatawny Phil not only saw his shadow back in February, but I think he just saw it again. Let’s face it, winter looks like it is never going to end. And yet, there is hope. The First Sign of Spring has been seen. No, not a singing robin. Not the Good Humor man. The real First Sign of Spring happened on […]

Theme Speaker – David W. Orr

David W. Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor, Environmental Studies and Politics Emeritus and world-renowned environmentalist. David is widely sought-after speaker and the author of eight books, including Dangerous Years: Climate Change, the Long Emergency, and the Way Forward (2016) and Hope is an Imperative (2010). He has a long track record of working tirelessly to create a sustainable, just and prosperous world. David helped launch the green campus movement in the 1980’s, and then came to Oberlin where he led the effort to […]

Morning Seminars

Early Afternoon Workshops (1:30– 3:00)

Late Afternoon Workshops (3:15—4:45)

Evenings

Each evening’s events are planned to engage, entertain and provide relaxation for campers of all ages. Evening programming includes: Concert Contra Dance Hymn Sing Small Ensembles An evening of music made by YOU! Musically-inclined members of the SI community offer performances that are formal, fun, or downright wacky. Bring your instrument or your voice with you. The small ensembles coordinator will be soliciting your act near the beginning of the week. Sign up early! Youth Coffee House Performances offered by the talented members of the […]

Young Adult Program (SI-ers aged 18-35)

YAs at SI are a diverse, growing community. Because young adulthood is a time of transition and self-discovery, this year’s Young Adult theme is all about balancing UU beliefs and ideals with living in the real world. Young Adults join the general community for most daytime activities, including meals, theme talk, morning worship, workshops, and evening vespers. They also engage in Young Adult specific activities, which include themed touch groups and their own worship. These touch groups offer a variety of activities that range from […]

Youth Program (arriving 7th grade-Completed 12th grade)

2018 Youth Theme Speakers – Eva Beal and Claire Galpern Youth can be a powerful force in fighting for the way they want things to be. Summer Institute enthusiasts Claire and Eva will be leading the youth program on youth activism and youth-led organizing. With racial justice and gender equality as the focus, they will equip the youth will tools for social change. As longtime SI attendees and veterans of the youth program, Claire and Eva will engage the youth in what promises to be […]

2018 Youth Theme Speakers – Eva Beal and Claire Galpern

Youth can be a powerful force in fighting for the way they want things to be.  Summer Institute enthusiasts Claire and Eva will be leading the youth program on youth activism and youth-led organizing. With racial justice and gender equality as the focus, they will equip the youth will tools for social change.  As longtime SI attendees and veterans of the youth program, Claire and Eva will engage the youth in what promises to be a lively week complete with interactive activities and participatory games.  They […]

Applications for the 2018 Summer Institute Morning Seminars/Afternoon Workshops

Dear Members of our Summer Institute Family: It’s the nature of something like Summer Institute that, once one year’s gathering ends, we must immediately start planning for the next year’s gathering. The 2017 SI ended in July, and the Summer Institute Planning Council got right to work. We’ve met, and reviewed what went on in 2017, and read your comments about it (you’ll hear more about that later). Now it’s time to start on the 2018 SI. The first order of business is Morning Seminars […]