All about Summer Institute

Summer Institute Right Relations Policy

We value compassion, so we promise that when any of us are out of covenant we will provide and participate in reconciliation processes so we can make our way back into covenant. SI Covenant, adopted July 19,  2016 Background Summer Institute is an intergenerational community of Unitarian Universalists who gather together one week each summer […]

Personal Mobility Equipment

If you will need regular transportation between buildings, we recommend bringing or renting a personal mobility device.  If you would like to rent one for Summer Institute, they are available from NPL Home Medical Equipment. If you call them ahead of time and tell them you’re with “Summer Institute”, we will arrange for a common pick […]

What To Bring

At Registration Your Confirmation Letter Your church/society’s banner with pole Throughout the day Travel coffee mug or refillable water bottle with name. SI WILL NOT BE PROVIDING DRINKING WATER OUTSIDE THIS YEAR, SO THESE ARE ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL, ESPECIALLY FOR THE KIDS TO FILL AT DRINKING FOUNTAINS. Personal electronics such as a smart phone, tablet, or laptop […]

Summer Institute – the basics

An affordable, inclusive, inter-generational week of fun and spiritual growth for the whole family. OMDSI is an intentional community of approximately 600 people who gather for 1 week each July at Oberlin College, to explore our interconnectedness, learn new ways of seeing our world and each other, delight in the joys of meeting old friends […] Continue reading →

Oberlin College

Oberlin College is located southwest of Cleveland Ohio. It has a long and distinguished history. The college website states: Oberlin is the ideal laboratory in which to study and design the world we want. INTENSE ENERGY AND CREATIVITY, built on a foundation of academic, artistic, & musical excellence. With its longstanding commitments to access, diversity, […] Continue reading →

A typical day at SI

Your day begins when you want it to.  No one is forcing you to get out of bed.  SI’s day begins as early as 7am, when the dining hall opens for breakfast. At 8:15, our morning service begins.  Services are performed by ministers and lay leaders from around the district, giving you a chance to […] Continue reading →

An Intentional Community

Summer Institute is an intentional intergenerational community that gets created and re-created each summer as we come together to live fully as Unitarian Universalists. It is a vacation week to grow, relax, play, and connect. It is a time to experience workshops and new ideas. It is a place for relaxed conversations with old friends […] Continue reading →


The dining hall is in Stevenson Hall, right across the street from the dorms. The food is excellent, and Oberlin was recently listed as one of the Top 10 Colleges for Vegans. And yes, there is a soft-serve machine! Continue reading →


We will all be staying together in the North Dorms at Oberlin. Most of the dorms are around the north quad. There are also more luxurious apartment style housing a little to the north. Continue reading →

Tappan Square

Tappan square is a large, green block right next to Oberlin College. It is used for many purposes by both the college and the community. Take a look.


After the adult theme talk, it’s time to head off to morning workshops. These vary year to year, depending upon proposals. Anything from theological discussion, making art, dancing, yoga, or watching film clips. If the mood strikes you, you can also just sit under a tree and read a good book. Specific morning workshops are […]

Campus map

Using this map, you can familiarize yourself with the layout of the Oberlin campus. As the committee makes decisions regarding which spaces will be used for which events, we will make updates. Continue reading →

Wireless Internet

Wireless internet access has been increasingly important to campers and has recently been a challenge. At Oberlin, we will have access to free, campus – wide WiFi.

The SI Bookstore

The headquarters for SI t-shirts, Skinner House & Beacon Press books, works by SI artists, and the SI scholarship raffle is located just off the Dining Hall. Continue reading →

Getting Around

Almost all of Summer Institute’s activities take place a short walk from where our main housing is located. Worship, theme talks and workshops are scheduled in various buildings around the main quad. Most attendees walk or ride bikes between those locations, but SI provides golf cart transportation for those with limited mobility challenges.  For those who will benefit […]