Author Archives: Gina Phillips

Water fun

Regretfully, the pool is closed again today. The lifeguard had emergency surgery.  BUT! We have fun water toys that will be out in the quad area this afternoon. Come play and cool off!

Lost meal card

If found please give to a SIPC member.

Registration almost closed

If you are registering today you need to be in the Science Center by 5!

Speaking of Covenant and Community…

Several years ago, I taught a Sunday School class for 10th graders. For a semester, we played a game. First, we pretended we were creating a Unitarian Universalist high school. We asked the youth, “what would this high school be like? How would it be different than – and the same as – your current school? What would the curriculum be? How would the rules be made, and what would happen if they were broken? Would there even be rules?” After that, we pretended to […]

Thank you thank you thank you

I want to say a huge thank you to the people who helped Summer Institute Planning Council members Liz Bright, Dan Flippo, and me staff the Summer Institute booth at General Assembly. These people are Helene Roussi, Nic Gill, Cliff Adams, Rylan Phillips, and Claire Ramsey (who drove TWO HOURS each way to do it). Thank you thank you thank you to you all. Gina Phillips  

SI Ambassadors Needed!

Do you love Summer Institute? Do you like meeting UUs from all over the country? Do you like volunteer opportunities that require no preparation, no expertise, and limited time commitment? Have I got the job for you! Summer Institute will have a booth at General Assembly, and we need people to staff it. You do NOT have to be registered at General Assembly to staff the booth. You also do NOT have to be an expert on SI. We will supply the brochures, the display, […]

Scholarship Applications for 2016

Scholarship Applications 2016 Scholarship applications are now available. Please click here to read instructions and access the forms. PLEASE NOTE: The deadline has changed this year. It is now May 1st, 2016 (in past years it was the end of May). This is the firm deadline for mailing both the application and letter of support. Which, by the way, are two things the scholarship coordinator really, really wants to receive together. Also note that the form is slightly different from past years (we’re hoping it […]

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

OMD 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) […]