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2016 T-Shirt

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

Chair’s Letter

It has arrived, the time when the 2016 Summer Institute Planning Council (SIPC) welcomes old friends and new friends to join us this summer at Oberlin College. Our Theme for 2016 is “Covenant and Collective Action” with Matt Meyer who will guide us through the exploration of Unitarian Universalism in the sanctuary, in the house and in the streets.  Through song and rhythm, story and reflection, we’ll explore what a radically inclusive, spiritually alive, and justice centered movement of Unitarian Universalism looks like. Summer Institute […]

Theme Speaker: Matt Meyer

Covenant and Collective Action Unitarian Universalism is a faith of covenant and collective action.  Our shared spiritual practice informs our work in the world, and our social justice work shapes our spiritual path. This year’s theme talk will be an exploration of Unitarian Universalism in the sanctuary, in the home, and in the streets. We will look at what the experience of music has to teach us about community, the stories of our shared faith, and the how we live our values in the world. […]

Worship

Rev. Rose Eddington Rev. Edington has a BA from Alderson-Broaddus College (1969) with a major  in Humanities with an emphasis on English Literature; a Master’s of Divinity in Theology from Colgate-Rochester Divinity School (1973), Rochester, NY;  and a Doctor in Ministry in Feminist Liberation Theology from Episcopal Divinity School (1998), Cambridge, MA. She was ordained to the American Baptist ministry in 1975, but found herself struggling with traditional Christian theology and burgeoning feminist theory and theology.  She served as Director of the Stamford CT Area […]

Getting Ready for OMDSI 2016!

We know everyone is excited about OMDSI 2016, and registration will open soon on April 1st (no fooling!). To help get you ready, here are a few links of interest: 2016 Morning Seminars 2016 Cost Estimator

Morning Seminars

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

Drumming and Community Matt Dudack’s Found Sounds The drum is a worldwide phenomenon, with every culture having their own version of percussion music.  Found Sounds will take the audience on a virtual journey to Africa, Cuba, Brazil, and Trinidad and Tobago to show how drumming is a part of life.  Alumni of the University of Akron Percussion Program, the musicians will have the participants create percussion music and learn about the historical and cultural context of drumming, especially that of the steel pan. All youth […]

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-base groups and their own worship. The themed touch-base groups offer a variety of activities that range […]

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

Unlike adult morning seminars, children’s RE, and youth programming where you commit for the week, afternoons at SI are more “come and go as you please.” You don’t sign up for these workshops but enjoy the offerings, or exercise, (or nap!) as the spirit moves you. Most are intergenerational and designed to be experienced by families together. Please remember to be responsible for your children during this time. Early afternoon workshops are from 1:30 to 3 each afternoon. Late afternoon workshops are from 3:15 to […]

Late Afternoon Workshops (3:15—4:45)

Also in the Afternoon: Pat Lorei – Folk Orchestra Hal Walker – Choir Theme Talk Back

Evenings

Each evening’s events are planned to engage, entertain and provide relaxation for campers of all ages: Evening Programs A  CD release concert with Hal Walker/ You, You and Me Contra Dance Hymn Sing Small Ensembles Youth Coffee House Children’s Talent Show Bowling Peek Euchre Night Monte Carlo Dance The Pub From 9:30 PM onward, adults gather there 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 […]

Youth Safety Guidelines

The SI Youth Program strives to create an environment of safety that fosters youth independence and accountability. A panel of youth and adult leadership help to create that environment as well as manage situations that may arise with empathy and confidentiality. All youth staff are committed to providing a safe and healthy community, which means we regularly reexamine policies and procedures. Youth Rules and Expectations Youth are expected to follow the covenant that they help write, attend all youth programming including morning theme talk and […]

A Day in the Life of an SI Youth

Sunday On their first day, the youth will generally arrive before dinner. They will unpack their belongings into their dorms and then have free time until dinner. After dinner there will be a community-wide opening ceremony in the church, followed by a mandatory youth opening. Here, new youth will be bridged in and the SI Youth Panel will go over the rules. Partway through the meeting, the youth will be assigned to touch groups, smaller groups of about 10 youth that check in every day […]

Summer Institute 2016 Theme

Matt Meyer has announced his theme for Summer Institute 2016. ‘Covenant and Collective Action’. More about the theme and Matt. https://omdsi.org/home/matt-meyer/

Now Accepting Workshop Proposals for Summer Institute 2016

The Summer Institute Planning Committee (SIPC) is looking for workshop proposals for SI 2016.   If you are interested please submit a proposal to the links below.    ALL proposals are due OCTOBER 1st, 2015. Afternoon workshops – https://uua.wufoo.com/forms/m39fgie1wa47i0/ Morning Seminars – https://uua.wufoo.com/forms/m6b9esg0u3kfoc/