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2011 Audio

2011 Theme Speaker includes all of the morning theme talks presented by Rev. John Buehrens. His theme for the week was TA House and A History of Hope: UU Theology Today and Its Heritage Continue reading →

2011 Slideshow

2010 Audio

2010 Theme Speaker includes all of the morning theme talks presented by Odds Bodkin. His theme for the week was The Storyteller?s Doubts: Eternal Verities Sought in Eternal Stories. Continue reading →

Childcare co-op

There is a cooperative childcare arrangement for those parents who wish to share nighttime supervision of their children throughout the week of Summer Institute. The co-op makes it easier for parents to enjoy all the late evening activities that SI has to offer. Continue reading →

The seven principles

2009 Audio

2009 Theme Speaker includes all of the morning theme talks presented by Thandeka. Her theme for the week was ‘One Faith, Many Voices’. Continue reading →


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

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 Carnival Night. Can’t get away for the whole week? Come for the weekend deal.


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 features an adult chaperoned Youth Dorm for Senior High youth, Touch Base Groups, the Youth Coffeehouse and an adult chaperoned Late-Nighter.


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 available for those without t coil equipped hearing aids.  Please use the contact form below for any questions.

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. In compliance with state laws, no alcohol is permitted to be brought into the Pub or removed from the space.  

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 →

Learn More

Are you new to Unitarian Universalism? Learn more about our faith Continue reading →

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 child fails to follow SI or Oberlin College rules, he/she may have to remain with me during the remainder of SI and that continued failure to follow rules may result […]