Author Archives: Cliff Adams

Theme Speaker: Sheila Schuh

Sheila Schuh is the Director of Religious Education at First Unitarian in Rochester, NY. Fun Worship!  Social Action!  Sacred Stories!  The Arts!  These are her loves in the ministry. In a culture of many forces which conflict with our UU Principles, Sheila is committed to supporting parents in their roles as spiritual guides and to the principles of Non-Violent Communication.  Sheila is a licensed Creative Arts Therapist, has won awards for intergenerational worship, and helps create workshops, retreats, and webinars through the Liberal Religious Educators […]

Morning Seminars

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

Late Afternoon Workshops (3:15—4:45)

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)

Janine Harris Degitz – Compassionate Communication – Restorative Justice: Janine has been studying Non-Violent Communication (NVC) since 2005 with a primary focus on Robert Gonzales’s work of Living Compassion. She is a graduate of Robert’s 2009-2010 LIFE program and was an assistant for Robert in the 2012-2013 LIFE program in Portland, OR.  She has spent over 700 hours practicing and supporting Robert and his work. In addition to NVC Janine has been studying conflict resolution, restorative circles, community building, mediation and restorative justice for the […]

Summer Institute 2017 Proposals

Do you have an idea for a morning or afternoon workshop? Feel something was missing? Have a skill or interest to share? The deadline for proposals is October 30th. Please read the paragraphs at the top of the forms that describe campership levels. Morning Proposals: Afternoon Proposals:

A Note to the SI Community from Matt Meyer

Dear Ohio Summer Institute, Thank you for the amazing worship services, community singing, conversations about whiteness in a time of Black Lives Matter, stories about your organizing, trivia, pub nights, dancing dessert delivery, letting me win at pool and score a point in Ultimate, strategizing about environmental justice movement-building, concerts, choir magic, remembering the farmworker’s clap when I forgot, pieing me in the face for a cause, happy hour, ice cream twice a day, silly games, and smiling children with painted faces. Yours, with Love, […]

David W. Orr

Summer Institute 2018: July 8th – 14th 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 […]

SI 2016 Slideshow

If you missed this at the 2016 closing ceremony, please watch. If you were at the closing ceremony, especially watch. Jennifer May did a great job in putting this together and the projector did not do it justice.

Resources and Links from the Theme Talk 2016 with Matt Meyer

“Covenant and Collective Action” Resources and Links from the SI Theme Talk 2016 with Matt Meyer Matt’s Website: Community Organizing Organizing on the Side of Love: Tools and Tips for Interconnection and Impact (Webinar) UU Justice Ohio, Organizing UU’s for legislative action Momentum Training for building mass movements., climate-focused campaigns   Racial Justice Black Lives Matter: 25 Resources for conversations on police violence. Campaign Zero, demands for reform from Black Lives Matter The case for Reparations, The Atlantic Colorlines Magazine, amazing resource for […]

Slideshow Photos

SI Photographers! Especially those in Youth and Young Adult programming and events. There are many ways to submit a photo to (potentially) be included in the slideshow on Saturday: Form on the mobile site Post it to Instagram, using the #uuomdsi hashtag Post it to the new Slack channel #photos Post it to the Facebook Page Give it directly to Jennifer May, who can usually be seen with knitting needles in her hands 🙂 Our staff photographer, Brad Bolton, operates outside these rules, as usual. […]

Oberlin Now a Tobacco-Free Campus

FYI, Oberlin recently updated their policy on tobacco smoking on campus More Info: Oberlin Now a Tobacco-Free Campus

Last day to save money!

Greetings! As you (hopefully) know, today is the last day to register for OMDSI 2016 with the early bird discount. After today, the registration fee jumps $75. This day is even more important for anyone on staff! If you have a campership for doing a job or presenting a workshop, you need to register by tomorrow, or the SIPC may need to look for someone else they are sure is going to be there. Hope to see you there! Register: Programming: Costs:

2016 T-Shirt

Been undecided about whether to order a T-Shirt this year? This should help!