Author Archives: Gina Phillips

What’s Super Quick and Super Helpful?

This survey! Please take just a minute to take this five question survey. It is fast and easy and we will be grateful! Survey Thanks! Gina Phillips, SIPC

Introduction to Restorative Justice

  Restorative Justice: many of you have heard of it, some have experienced it, and likely some have never heard of it. Restorative Justice is a model for handling breaches in community, times when covenant has been broken or is perceived to have been broken, conflict between parties, and rule infractions. It is an approach that seeks to engage those affected in conversation with each other with the assistance of trained facilitators, with the goal of restoring and maintaining community, and extending care and compassion […]

Whaddya mean? There’s MORE we can do at SI?!

Have you ever found yourself at SI wishing you could find a group of folks who shared your interest in an activity or topic for discussion or just wanted to sit around and talk about what you’re experiencing at SI? You might just want to join with them once or twice or simply “go with the flow” and maybe meet more often or have lunch together. Maybe you’d like to develop a new generation of Mahjong enthusiasts. Or get together in the afternoon to talk […]

A Holiday Gift Idea from the SI Planning Committee

This holiday, would you like to give a gift that helps create memories for a lifetime? Still searching for the perfect gift for someone who loves SI as much as you do? How about giving a gift in their name to the scholarship fund? It’s really easy! Go here and make your donation: Send your name and the name of the person in whose honor you made the donation to me at or via a Facebook private message. In return, I’ll send you […]

Welcome to the Summer Institute Blog

Summer Institute is going viral! Or, at least, the Summer Institute Planning Committee is starting a blog.  We hope to use the space to make periodic announcements, start conversations, and keep the community updated on, well, the community, as well as provide news, information, and conversation starters about SI. If you are already following us on Twitter or Facebook, you don’t need to do anything differently, new blog posts will show up there in the same way you’re used to seeing announcements. They’ll also be […]

T-shirt Designs Still Being Accepted

T-shirt design entries are still being accepted. Note that the deadline is a little earlier than usual this year, however: it’s February 1st. The theme is Covenant and Collective Action. So get your creative juices flowing, and send your submissions to: The winning designer gets a free t-shirt. We can’t wait to see all of your ideas!

Calling all artists!

Now that we have the theme for SI 2016, which is Covenant and Collective Action, it’s time to design the 2016 t-shirt! So start thinking and start doodling, and when you’re ready to submit, send your designs to:  Please put “SI T-shirt” in the subject line. Some tips to help you get started: remember that the design has to be replicated by a printer, and look good on various sized shirts, so often bigger, broader strokes work well. Also, it will be printed in one color, […]

Seminar and Workshop Proposal Deadline Extended

CER SI-ers!   Have you enjoyed the morning seminars and afternoon workshop activities at SI in past years?  All of those activities were led by dedicated volunteers who had a passion for the topic and the skills to present and lead those sessions with you.  They submitted proposals and the SI Planning Committee spent hours reviewing them and choosing those that we believed would get the most participation. If you are interested in leading either a morning seminar (participants know that it’s a 5 day series) […]

Sunnyhill Photo

All Sunnyhillers are to meet on the Church steps immediately following Saturday morning service. Spread the word!

Move Out Assistance

If you need assistance moving out, John Marfy and his team of intrepid volunteers can help. Call him at (330) 289-5913.

Youth to Young Adult Bridging

Bridging from youth to young adults is scheduled for tonight, immediately following community vespers, on the First Church front lawn.  The rain location is the science center atrium. 


Please check out by noon tomorrow. Take your key, in its original envelope, and your key card to CSIC. This office is accessed via the door at Stevenson in between the cafeteria doors. Let them know if you have lost either and check the lost and found while there.

Plate Amnesty

All dishes can (and should) be returned to Stevenson or CSIC today.

Kent Photo

Kent group photo 9:45 am Saturday on church steps.

World Cafe a Success!

World Café was a wonderful success! Some wonderful comments and suggestions were harvested. Your SIPC will be reviewing all your work and beginning the process of priortizing and considering how we can make SI even more wonderful for our growing community! We are enormously grateful to all the 85+ folks who took time to share their ideas and lovingly offer their suggestions. We are an evolving and growing community grounded in Love!