Author Archives: Gina Phillips

Packing List Clarifications

We would like to offer a few clarifications regarding the packing list based on questions that have come up: The beds in the dorms are extra long twins. The beds in the townhouses are regular double beds. The college does provide one pillow and one blanket per person. However, they are not exactly… shall we say… luxury lodging items. Therefore the list includes pillows and all bedding because, well, you’ll thank us later. No rooms have trash cans No bathrooms have paper towels, so bring […]

Religious Education Announcement and Call for Help

Something new and something you can do! The RE program is introducing a new adventure in the late afternoons this year… Dr. WhUU! Come join us for some wibbley wobbley fun! Join us while we chart the intersection of science and our faith! We will journey in a big blue box  through time and space with the Doctor to meet aliens and humans while looking at situations that require us to use our UU values to solve problems. Even if you are not a “Whovian,” […]

Call for Nominations

The SI Planning Council (SIPC), which is responsible for making SI happen each year, consists of 9 members who each serve for 3 years.  Each year, the 3 members who have served for 3 years leave the committee and are replaced.  Recruitment of new planning committee members has been done by the existing committee, a process that has generally served to preserve SI but is somewhat lacking in transparency and involvement of the wider community. The newly formed SI Committee on Ministry (SICoM) has been […]

Right Relations Policy

Dear Summer Institute Friends, In 2016, with your help and input, our Summer Institute adopted a new Covenant statement. (See In this statement, we also called for the creation of a reconciliation process to help us “make our way back into covenant” when we fall out of relationship. During the past few months, the SI Committee on Ministry (formerly called the Strategic Planning Team), has been working with the SIPC and the SI Ministry Team to create that process. The result is a Right […]

Packing and Scooters and Peek!

It’s almost here! Summer Institute is less than a month away. We hope you’re excited. We certainly are. We’re excited, and we’re here to help. We’ve got a few things to tell you, to make your trip easier, so let’s get started. Many you are asking about the packing list. We have one, but somehow, things stayed on the list that were no longer necessary, and somethings never made the list. Well, we’ve updated the list. It can be found by clicking this link: […]

An Opportunity to Learn and Serve

Here’s an Exciting Training and Service Opportunity!   The Summer Institute Planning Council is looking for people interested in learning more about how a Restorative Justice Circle works, and how to co-facilitate one. If you would like more information about Restorative Justice before learning more, I invite you to check out our introduction here: We are excited to be offering a training and service opportunity to you in the very near future. The training will be held on Saturday, July 8th, that’s the day […]

Help Wanted! Apply Within!

Summer Institute is looking for a few good people to provide service and leadership in critical areas for making SI run. If you are interested in putting your skills and passion to work to make the community work, now is the time! In furtherance of our goal of making Summer Institute more accessible to more people, and our operations more transparent, we are opening up some community leadership positions to an application process. If you have done one of these job in the past and […]

Congratulations Rabbi Horowitz

Congratulations to Rabbi David Horowitz, two-time Summer Institute theme speaker,who was honored last month in Akron. He was awarded the Tikkun Olam Award at the Campus Gala of the Schultz Campus for Jewish Life. The video made in his honor can be seen here:

New Year (almost), New Camperships

Hello SI’ers! As the weather has made a very sudden turn to winter, let’s all distract ourselves with thoughts of Summer! If you submitted a workshop or seminar proposal, you probably noticed that there were some new names for camperships. This year the Summer Institute Planning Council is trying something new. Instead of the traditional “half camperships” and “full camperships” that are given for work done at SI, we now have four tiers of camperships. First things first, though. What is a campership? A campership […]

A Spooky Reminder

Want to hear something spooky this Halloween season? The morning seminar and afternoon workshop proposal deadline is creeping, creeping, closer… closer… through the darkest night, on bat’s wings and spider’s legs… There have been some issues with the links to proposals, however. I apologize for any confusion. The morning seminar application is here: And the afternoon workshop application is here: The deadline is frighteningly close, so don’t delay (hint: it’s the day before Halloween). Gina Phillips, SIPC Chair

Can You Hear Me?

Do you remember what the pitch man in the Verizon commercials used to say? “Can you hear me?” That’s also what I used to think, before I joined the SIPC. Can they hear me? I would wonder. Are they paying any attention to what I was thinking? Many of you are probably wondering that now. I can tell you, we do listen, we do pay attention, we do hear you. For example, we’ve been looking at the 2016 Summer Institute Survey results. We spent several […]

Relive the Magic

If you have not yet had a chance to fill out the 2016 SI feedback survey, we would greatly appreciate it if you would! Here is the link. The link is not specific to you; more than one person per household can use the same link. Also, if you want to relive the magic, there is more than just the slideshow available. To see all of Brad Bolton’s photos from the week, go here: Thank you all for a great week! In Community, […]

Check out

Please turn in your key, preferably in the small manilla envelope it came in, by noon at the latest at CSIC. This is accessed via the middle door in Stevenson. Remember to check lost and found and the quad for your things as well.


The 2016 evaluation is here: We read them all and care about your thoughts. Thank you so much!

National Day of Action

​Today is a national day of action to support the movement for Black Lives Matter using the hashtag #FreedomNow. If you would like to gather for a group photo for social media supporting this action, please go to the church parking lot around 7:30, between Peek and vespers. A BLM banner for us to hold is being made right now. Join Ivy in the JFO room at the church to help with the banner. It would be great if we could get a big crowd […]