Author Archives: Cliff Adams


Youth 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 […]


Children 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.

Hearing Assistance

Hearing assistance will be available at Summer Institute again this year.  Hearing loops will be installed in First Church (UCC) for morning worship and the theme talk, and vespers.  Those with t-coil equipped hearing aids or cochlear implants need only switch their devices to T mode to access the sound.  Receivers and headsets will be […]

The pub

From 9:30 PM onward, adults gather at the Pub to socialize, share a pub beverage, make music, play games and make new friends while reconnecting with old ones. It’s a great place to relax and hang out when the day’s events are over. This is a great time for families to utilize the Childcare Co-op. […]

Who to contact

You might have some questions about Summer Institute. If so, please feel free to contact us at the addresses below: Continue reading →

Planning Council

2017 Summer Institute Planning Council Gina Phillips – Chair Bruce Kent – Asst. Chair Carol Dobbins Dan Flippo Krissy Brannon Linda Fleming Lois Weir Lori Fatchet-McGee Registrar Amy Kent Scholarships John Rodeheffer and Alison Reed Website / Technology Clifford Adams Dan Flippo

Learn More

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Parent Responsibilities

Provide full disclosure regarding physical/emotional issues to classroom teachers. Know that when my child is not in an SI program that provides adult supervision, I am directly responsible for his/ her supervision, including meal time. Know that I am responsible for my child’s health, well-being, safety and good behavior at SI. Know that if my […]


Music Opportunities There are many opportunities to perform music and share your musical talents with others at SI: choir, folk orchestra, small 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 […]

Young Adult Panel

Caitlin Ballinger, born and raised (and currently working) in Akron, Ohio, Caitlin has been attending SI diligently since 2007 with her first taste of the SI magic having been in 2003. She’s previously served as a Youth touch group leader, Youth Panel chair, Young Adult chaplain, and is now honored to be chairing the Young […]

Youth Panel

Youth Co-Chairs Jimmy Moore Tucker Phillips Youth Members Trecia Cintron David Homsher Robin McBride Danny McNulty CB Roman Adult Co-Chairs Chris Hurlbut Lauren Straubhaar Mike Frye


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.

The History of Summer Institute

Summer Institute has a long, colorful history. Continue reading →

Chair’s Letter

Oh, how quickly Summer Institute approaches! Welcome to you if you are perusing our program brochure for the first time, and Welcome Back if you have been eagerly waiting since last summer to hear information about this year’s gathering! Your Planning Committee has been hard at work since early last August as we build another […]

Theme Speaker

Social Justice as a Spiritual Practice: A Central UU Path Rev. Art McDonald will share thoughts on the theme including personal, congregational, and larger community perspectives on social justice. Ideas and questions to be considered will include: A Story of Conversion: Confessions of a Slow Learner. Social Justice and the Congregation. Will social justice grow […]