OMDSI 2014

Programming Specific to 2014

Chair’s Letter

Welcome if you’re new to our community and are trying to find out just what it is that your friends keep enthusing about. Welcome also if you’re a long-time attendee wanting to know what’s in store for Summer Institute 2014.

This is a year for many changes, starting with the replacement of our large paper brochure with this folder, our new website www.omdsi.org, and culminating with our move to the campus of Oberlin College. The detailed information and registration forms formerly contained in the brochure are on our website. We will have the adventure of new spaces for all of the activities of Summer Institute. What won’t be changing is, most importantly, the opportunity for building community through talks, workshops, art, music, sports, or just sitting under a shady tree with old and new friends. Please see our website for details about the theme speaker, the many workshops and activities, and other important information.

We’re excited that Oberlin offers us an accessible campus with our activities focused on the north quad. Although there will be plenty of opportunities for exercise for those who seek it or activities elsewhere on campus, others will have an easy time getting around Summer Institute at Oberlin. Basic costs for attending Summer Institute will be $490 for adults and youth, $340 for children (K-6), and $100 for pre-Ks. The young adult ‘weekend’ rate will be $75. Generous scholarships are available, especially for first time attendees. Please see our website for more details and for application information. There are various options for housing and meals that are explained in detail on the website.

We look forward to bringing the magic of Summer Institute to Oberlin with all of you July 13-19, 2014!

Alan Halperin
Chair of the 2014 Summer Institute Planning Committee

Theme Speaker: Rabbi David M. Horowitz

Rabbi David M. Horowitz

The Journey of Change

Theme speaker: Rabbi David M. Horowitz

We are thrilled to welcome back Rabbi David Horowitz, who was our theme speaker at OMDSI 2005. He will speak to us this summer on “The Journey of Change,” a most appropriate topic for us to contemplate as we make our new space at Oberlin into our community home.

Rabbi David M. Horowitz (Tulane University B.A., Hebrew Union College, M.A., D.D.) is returning to Summer Institute. He was our theme speaker in 2005, and is currently the rabbi emeritus of Temple Israel in Akron, Ohio. Ordained in 1969, he has been the spiritual leader of congregations in Indianapolis and Hammond, Indiana, Queensland, Australia, and Akron, Ohio where he is currently Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Israel. He has taught philosophy and theology at Calumet College, Hammond, Indiana, and courses in the Ethnic Studies department of Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. Rabbi Horowitz serves as the national president of PFLAG, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. He is also a past president of PFLAG Akron, Ohio.

Worship

Community life at Summer Institute revolves around twice-daily intergenerational services, Morning Worship and Vespers. In each, worship leaders create innovative ways to deliver inspirational messages including storytelling, vocal and instrumental music, multimedia presentations and more. Announcements at worship services – always informative, occasionally entertaining – are the primary source for updates and information throughout the week. For SI community members, worship services serve as daily touchstones.

Rev. Dave McFarland, Allegheny UU Church, Pittsburgh, PA
Rev. Dave came to what he lovingly calls “The OM District” in 2004, being called by Allegheny UU Church, a century old inner-city church in Pittsburgh, PA. After a brief career in banking, he served UU churches in Utah, San Francisco Bay Area (as interim following OMD’s Rev. Mark Belletini), and the greater Boston area, including the Provincetown AIDS Ministry that directly followed his MDiv at Harvard.

He brings a participatory, fun, music- and soul-filled spirit to worship, as some SI’ers experienced when he was SI Morning Worship Leader a few years back. “Maybe Worship ‘Leader’ doesn’t exactly fit,” he suggests. “I join with others, not least the entire congregation, in crafting story and song, word and silence to make the space for creating together the potential for an experience of what I, for one, am willing to call ‘The Divine’.” He hopes his husband and their two grade-school sons will be able to join SI mid-week.

Rev. Rod Thompson
The Rev. Rod Thompson grew up in Canton, Ohio, has degrees from Hiram College (1963) and Lexington (KY) Theological Seminary (1968); and received Ministerial Fellowship from the Unitarian Universalist Association in 1985.  He has served churches in Corbin, Kentucky, and the Panama Canal Zone, as a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Minister; and Unitarian Universalist Congregations in Kent, Ohio, Augusta, Georgia, and Adelphi, Maryland.  Between these two periods of ministry Rev. Thompson was active in sales, management, and sports broadcasting for radio stations in Ohio and Indiana, as a public school teacher, and as a Mental Health Counselor.  In 1998 Rod became the Ohio-Meadville District Minister, Executive, and Consultant, a position he held until 2005.  Since then he has served as an interim minister in Raleigh, NC, Wayzata, MN, Toledo, OH, Pittsburgh, PA, Las Cruces, NM and Greenville, NC.

Morning Seminars

  1. REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE

    Jessie Halperin & Julia Charvat Och

    Rooting us in our religious history and theological callings, this five part curriculum outlines the distinctions between reproductive “health,” “rights,” and “justice”; opens awareness of reproductive oppressions; offers opportunities to learn about ourselves and each other as sexual and reproductive beings; and equips us to move forward, out into the world, with integrity and vision. This will be an adaptation of the UUA’s curriculum on reproductive justice, which was created when the 2012 General Assembly delegates choose this topic as the nationwide 2012-2016 Congregational Study/Action Issue.

  2. CHANGING THE CLIMATE ON CLIMATE CHANGE

    Bob Mitchell

    This seminar will present a scientifically accurate yet accessible understanding of how our planet is now reacting to ever rising CO2 levels. We will review Earth’s climate history to help develop insights on the present and future; look at profound consequences of expected climate change; and finally, brainstorm about what we can do as a religious community and as members of the interconnected web to help preserve our “beautiful blue boat home.

  3. WE ARE ALL LEADERS

    Laura Howe & Laura Conkle

    Leadership is needed in our families, congregations and lives. Using selected activities from the UUA Harvest the Power material, we will build our leadership skills. The focus will be to understand our individual strengths, the strength from our UU tradition, and healthy ways to respond to leadership challenges. The activities are a mixture of discussion, small group conversation, and creativity.

  4. CHURCH 2.0

    Dan Flippo

    Would you like to learn how to better use online technologies? This workshop will involve hands-on use of technologies to maintain the website, social media, and mailing lists for a fictional church. We will break down the technology jargon into human language.

  5. CAUGHT IN THE WEB: SOCIAL MEDIA SAVVY PARENTING

    Tiffany Grinstead

    Ask FM. Kik. Instagram. Vine. Twitter. Tumblr. Snap. Chat. If you already know these names the kids are discovering something new to replace them with right now. How do we raise social media savvy kids when we don’t understand the technology they’re using or how to talk to them about it? This class is about understanding the sites and services kids in your life may be using and helping you come to your own position statement for how you’ll monitor, talk about and allow social media usage with the kids in your life.

  6. JESUS WHO? LOOKING ANEW AT THE NEW TESTAMENT

    Joan VanBecelaere

    This seminar will use a historical-metaphorical-social approach to explore the New Testament and what we know about the socio-political context of Jesus’ life to help us understand what the stories and writings meant in the ancient communities and people that produced them. This workshop will draw on M. Borg’s “Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, R. Aslan’s “The Zealot” and the latest in New Testament scholarship.

  7. SO WHAT’S HUMANISM?

    Leo Nagorski

    An exploration of Humanism, it’s history, connection to UU, varieties of Humanism, and Humanism today. We will look at questions and issues in Humanism, especially their impact on UU and on society in general.

  8. BAD GIRLS OF THE BIBLE

    Patricia Trudeau & Mary Schinhofen

    This workshop explores the traditionally misunderstood or despised women of the Bible and reveals what their stories have to tell us today. We will reframe Jezebel’s take-charge “pride” and Eve’s “disobedience as we consider their contributions to the biblical narrative. What can these women teach us about our own lives and choices as Unitarians committed to the principles of self-awareness, knowledge, justice, and gender equality?

  9. SPIRITUAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY

    Melissa Carvill Ziemer

    Everybody has a story to tell. In this course, you will be invited to explore the spiritual dimension of your own story. We will occasionally sketch scenes before we write, but rest assured that no drawing or writing experience is required. The only requirements for participation are a willingness to reflect on your own life story and an interest in trying to capture moments of your story in writing.

  10. WHAT’S THAT NOISE – THE UNSUNG HEROES OF ROCK ‘N ROLL

    Bill Brauning

    Long before Elvis and Bill Haley took the world with this new type of music, rock ‘n roll was being performed and recorded by the likes of Big Joe Turner, Louis Jordan, Cab Calloway and many others. This program chronicles the relentless excess and fierce music which was created by these unsung heroes of Rock.

  11. MASSAGE FOR VITALITY AND CONNECTIONS

    Kari Gunderson

    We’ll nurture our bodies with massage after some gentle yoga stretches to center ourselves each morning. Experienced massage folks are welcome to join us and just work on each other after the centering ritual while those newer to the delights of massage take instruction. If the class requests this, we can take one day for learning about muscle pain management through self-massage and an understanding of trigger points and constricting fascia.

  12. READING THE EARTH OF OBERLIN AND BEYOND

    Jamie Martin-Hayden

    If you’ve ever wondered what those people at SI see while staring at the building stone with a jeweler’s loupe, come join us to explore the stories written in the rocks. We’ll travel from 200 thousand year old soils and rocks dragged down from Canada by the Illinoian ice sheet, to 350 million year old sediments and fossil of the Black Hand Formation deposited when Ohio was a shallow tropical sea. So Come travel through time with us, from the artic to the tropics, and read stories written in the rocks of Oberlin.

  13. PRAYER BOXES

    Carol Posch Comstock

    The urge to create sacred time and space amid the ordinary reality of life is deep within us. Satisfy this urge by creating a personal mini prayer box from ordinary (repurposed) small containers, using a variety of mixed media techniques and materials. Part of the process will include meditation on personal prayer.

  14. AWAKEN TO THE HEARBEAT

    Rebekah Benner

    Make a joyful noise! Connect to the heart of the Mother Earth through the drum! Learn the basics of hand-drumming and drum circle facilitation. Rhythms from many cultures will be shared. Shamanic drum journey, trance drumming, drum chant & song will also be explored.

  15. MY IMPROVISED LIFE; COMEDY AS A UU PHILOSOPHY

    Mike Frye

    In this seminar participants will learn the basics of long form improvised comedy, eveloping relationships and ideas, and supporting each other. We’ll also explore how these concepts can apply to our daily lives as UUs and beyond.

  16. INFUSING ART WITH SPIRIT: HOW TO FIND YOUR LOST CREATIVITY

    Amy Walters

    Participants will be guided toward reconnecting with and enhancing the creative abilities in all of us. We will engage in a series of exercises and meditations specifically designed to banish routine thinking, to address creative blocks and to encourage those who don’t always believe in their own creative power. Be prepared for a little bit of writing, music, art, and storytelling. The synergy between these can reveal new connections and inspire new ideas.

  17. QUILTING YOUR PERSONAL SYMBOL

    Natalie Isvarin-Love

    Through journaling and sharing, we will explore a variety of symbols that are meaningful to each of us. From that exercise, we will each choose a symbol and create a simple quilted wall-hanging (no larger than 15″) using fabric and a variety of embellishments such as ribbons, embroidery floss, beads and buttons. No quilting experience necessary – we will just create using a simple fusing technique and have fun with very few rules.

  18. CULTIVATING RESILIENCE

    Cynthia Frantz

    We all “just want to be happy,” but the reality is that life throws us curve ball after curve ball. If our goal is happiness, we will fail much of the time. How can we stay motivated, curious and optimistic even in the face of life’s challenges? Resilience is defined as the ability to recover quickly from illness, change, or misfortune. Participants will learn strategies and practice techniques that help to build mental emotional, social, and physical resilience.

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

The Summer Institute youth program provides high quality programming for 100+ youth while maintaining an atmosphere of fellowship, learning and sharing meaningful experiences. The SI youth program
takes pride in empowering participants and serves youth from grades seven through twelve. The program is planned and facilitated by a panel of elected youth and adults working together. Youth will experience friendship and acceptance in a safe and supportive community.

Programming

Each year, informative new speakers engage students on a range of themes from religious exploration to social justice and more. Participants also break into daily workshops that are led by youth, that
highlight their diversity and creativity. Youth also join the entire SI community in both the afternoon and evenings for a variety of fun, intellectual and physical multigenerational workshops, events and activities that seek to engage them in the wider community. No matter what your interests are the youth program offers something you’ll enjoy.

Touch Based Groups

A group as large as the youth program can seem overwhelming sometimes so each youth participates in a “Touch Base” group. These Youth/Adult run groups encourage youth to share conversation and games with a smaller crowd and makes sure that staff can provide support to any youth having problems throughout the week.

Safety

The SI Youth Program creates an environment of safety that fosters youth independence and accountability. A panel of youth and adult leadership manage situations that arise confidentially after notifying parents. Youth staff take their commitment to provide a safe and healthy community seriously and regularly re-examine policies and procedures. Youth expectations include no sex, no abuse or violence, and no substance use. Respect for others and their property is also expected. Youth check in 3x daily with staff and are expected to check in with parents/sponsors. Supervised youth hangouts during non-programming time are provided. Junior Highers are escorted by youth leaders from evening activities to their dorms. With parental permission, older youth (10th-12th grade) may stay in the “Youth Dorm” and are required to do an in person check in at curfew each night.

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 from exploring nature to discussing what “growing up” really means, and provide a daily opportunity for first-timers and old-timers alike to meet new people. Don’t forget to bring formal evening wear for the Young Adult run Monte Carlo Night, where we run all sorts of fun games of chance to raise money for the Scholarship Fund!

For those Young Adults who want to attend but can’t afford to, there are scholarships available!

If you can’t take off work for the whole week, there is a discounted “Weekend CON” option available as well.

Afternoons

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. Early afternoon workshops are from 1:30 to 3 each afternoon. They are intergenerational and designed to be experienced by families together. Please remember to be responsible for your children during that time. Late afternoon workshops are from 3:15 to 4:45 and are age specific.

  1. Children’s Choir (12:45 to 1:25)

    Joe Schafer

    SI Children’s Choir is back for the eighth year. The choir offers children the opportunity to have fun with music while singing about our UU values. Director Joe Schafer has led the West Shore UU Church Junior Choir for over 25 years. He will bring back the songs from the SI choir’s first seven years, and add a couple of new ones as well. The songs are easy to sing, there are no words to memorize, and all kids are welcome and encouraged to join us, starting at 12:45. (Please be prompt in picking up your little one at 1:25.)

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

  1. Dance: Tall and Small

    Susan English

    This gender-free old-time community dance pairs young people (ages 6 and older) with teenage and adult partners. We will dance to lively jigs and reels in big circles, longways sets, squares and other formations. Together we will build an intergenerational community through music and movement. The goal is for everyone to feel empowered and energized.
    Susan English taught her first dance class on a rooftop in China in 1980. She uses music and dance to build cooperative teamwork and a strong sense of community.

  2. Water Kickball

    Joey Marfy

    Similar to last year’s kickball workshop, which contained various games of kickball, but with one new component. The playing field will be scattered with sprinklers and hoses. It’s sure to be a wet and wild time!
    Joey Marfy is a youth who has been attending SI for 11 years now. He is fun loving and easy going.

  3. Body Art

    Jane Dirks

    Summer Institute is a place where you can stretch your soul…so how about your style, too? Come to Body Art for a new tattoo, a hair wrap, sparkly nails, or purple hair: it’s all temporary! This year at Body Art we will offer mini-courses on hair wrapping, body painting, and more. All are welcome; remember, kids: caregivers WANT you to paint on them!
    Jane is an anthropologist, a member of Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church in Pittsburgh, and a long-time SI Body Artist. Jane views SI more as a vision quest than a vacation, and finds that it gives her new answers to Life’s questions every year.

  4. Art Space and Duct Tape

    Lauryn Straubhaar, Alexandra Cottoms & Sara Beech

    Art Space is an SI tradition. This year we will continue to grow and continue that tradition! We will once again feature a craft of the day for both adults and kids to encourage the entire community to get involved and show off their artistic side. We will also focus heavily on repurposing everyday items into fun new things. Come and join us for a week of art-filled fun!

    Today’s Duct Tape has many more use then just use the tape to repair things At the work shop you can make a wallet, jewelry shopping bag, flowers, and many more items. Come to the Duct Tape work shop and learn how you can make things with all cans of colors and pattern out of Duct tape. Your imagination is the sky when using duct tape so please brings your ideas to the work shop.

    Lauryn is a member of the Kent church and a long time SI goer. She owns her own henna business and loves art of any kind. Ali is a member of the UU Church of South Hills and is also a long time SI goer. She is currently getting her masters degree in science education so she can become a teacher.

    Sara Beech has been making things with Duct Tape for years and has been a big crafter for many years with Duct Tape.

  5. Poetry for a Summer Day

    Dean Hazelton

    This is workshop in reading and appreciating poetry (not writing poetry). We will read aloud and discuss poems on a variety of topics, probably including nature, love and loss, poetry and art, and poetry about poetry. We will probably spend a day discussing the poetry of Seamus Heaney, who died recently.
    Dean is not an academic. He has led a poetry group at the UU Church of the South Hills for about 10 years. He believes that great poems are the best teachers, and we can learn best from each other.

  6. Dungeons and Dragons

    Jon Bores & Reid Parsons

    Enter a world of pencil smudges and eraser dust. A world of kingdoms, and those who would overthrow them. A world of dice and coins. A world of heroes… and villains. D&D is a what’s known as a Role-Playing game, directed by a game-master and governed by dice. Players take the role of an Adventurer, with their own backstory and desires, paving their way into a grand tale, as the Dungeon Master pulls the strings from behind the scenes. Players of all skill levels are welcome. Some materials will be provided, but anything players can bring for themselves will help things along. Most campaigns will be playing version 3.0 or 3.5.
    Reid Parsons and John Bores have been attending the D&D workshop and running D&D Campaigns for the past five years, and look foreword to hosting this years workshop!

  7. Ready, Set, Go

    Conni & Steve Wagner

    Calling all kids ages 5 to 11 to play! Bring your wiggles, fun ideas and a bathing suit (or clothes that can get wet) and a towel. We will be doing all kinds of fun things with water in addition to games, building forts on the lawn and running around as much as possible! Parents are welcome and encouraged to participate!

  8. Tie Dye

    Lexi Staples & Nicole Hayman

    Tie-Dying has been a Summer Institute tradition for as long as most of us can remember and this year the tradition continues. We will be ready for the projects you bring along and be set up for some new projects you may not expect! The Tie-dye Workshop and its trusty volunteers will help you create your individual wearable art. Let’s Twist, Tie + Dye. And Un-Dye! Bring your favorite colored shirts to make a positive or negative image and rock your SI pride! This year’s Tie-Dying just got that much cooler! And we have a couple new tricks up our sleeves so pay attention to announcements for extra exciting activities!

  9. Play with Me! Art and Whimsy for Caregivers and Kids

    Colleen Thoele

    This workshop will feature a new art project for each day at SI designed for adults and children to do together. We will be using many forms of media and exploring our lives through art. Take this opportunity to connect with the young ones in your life through play. You might be surprised at how much fun it is to just create together. Bring the kids you came with, bring other people’s kids or come on in and adopt a kid for the day. All ages encouraged. Colleen Thoele is a child advocate, mom of two small UU’s and the religious education assistant at UUCK. Mostly though she just really enjoys spending quality time with the next generation and showing adults how much fun it is to slow down and create art with kids.

  10. Folk Orchestra

    Pat Lorei

    folk (fok) n. 1.An ethnic group, as a tribe or nation. orchestra (or ki stra) n. 1. A large group of musicians performing together on various instruments. The SI tribe of instrumental musicians will gather in late afternoon to make ready some sounds supportive of adult vespers services (and maybe a morning worship service as well).

    Suggested for tribal participation: 1. having an instrument 2. playing of aforementioned instrument 3. music reading ability about middle school level. Leader (hereafter known as “mediator”) will really, really try to keep music in the F-C-G neighborhood.

Late Afternoon Workshops (3:15—4:45)

  1. Beer Hunting

    Cal Frye

    There are many craft brewers just in the Ohio-Meadville district. This year the Beer Workshop tours the OMD and beyond. We’ll sample beers, talk about styles, and help you navigate the strange notations seen on the chalkboard at your local brewpub.

    Cal Frye is “the Beer Guy at SI.”

  2. Deep Water Exercise

    Amy Collins

    Make a splash at SI as you stay cool and get fit while enjoying exercise in the pool. You won’t even know you’re sweating! We will be in the deep end of the pool, using a variety of pool exercise equipment including hand weights and “noodles”. Good for a range of fitness levels, but must be able to climb out of the pool using the ladder in the deep end, as there is usually no access to the shallow end of the pool!

    Amy Collins is the Commissioned Lay Leader at the UU Society of Cleveland, and teaches water aerobics classes at her local YMCA.

  3. Fiber Action Network

    Mary Spicer

    Crochet hooks and knitting needles become implements of barrier destruction as we develop and sharpen skills in the needle arts. All skill levels — including beginners! — are welcome in circle. Patterns, ideas and basic supplies for single-skein creations for fund-raising or donation will be available.

    Mary is a member of the UU Church of Meadville who started her career as a fiber artist the day she joined a 4-H knitting club as a fifth-grader.

  4. Lego, Lettuce, and Fun: Take 2

    Gavin VanWinkle-Bright

    Legos Lettuce & Fun offers time to be creative and exploring your building and creative energies. Come and build with legos, zoobs and more. You supply the creativity, we will supply the building blocks. No need to bring your own Lettuce — it is included in the workshop!

    Gavin is an avid SI-er involved in creative arts, including music, drama, duct tape, Dungeons and Dragons and more. He enjoys interacting with folks of all ages and creative abilities.”

  5. An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation and Movement

    Karen Jepsen

    Are you always rushing from one thing to the next? Misplacing your keys? Dropping simple items? Is your mind 3 steps ahead of your body? Come learn from Happy Panda how to be a Mindful Monkey. “Mind-full, like your mind is full of the present, full of right now.” (Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda, Lauren Alderfer, 2011) Karen will introduce the concept of mindfulness through movement, demonstration and engaging activities such as mindful eating. Mindfulness has proven to be beneficial in many areas, including stress management, schoolwork and the ability to focus. Come see for yourself and give your “monkey mind” a rest! Appropriate for ages 10ish and older. Will reference Thich Nhat Hanh’s Mindful Movements: Ten Exercises for Well-Being (2008) …

    Karen Abel Jepsen could never decide what she wanted to be when she grew up because there were just too many fascinating things to try! Join her on this latest adventure….

  6. Ultimate Frisbee

    Seth Sykora-Bodie & Ryan Haker

    Seth and Ryan have been running the Ultimate Frisbee workshop for a lot of years between them. It is their favorite part of SI and they love getting to interact with all of the youth, young adults, and adults that come on out for the games. They are really into the whole intergenerational aspect of ultimate and get a kick out of how it brings down to the fields people who have never ever played, just to watch and enjoy the spectacle. This is one of if not the, most popular workshops at SI with around forty participants a day, so make sure not to miss out!

    Seth and Ryan have been playing ultimate for years, first learning at SI and eventually leading the workshop after honing their skills around the world. When they’re not tossing a disc in Ohio, you’ll most likely find them doing so on beaches in the Caribbean and Hawaii where they like to get discs flying!

  7. S. I. Choir

    Hal Walker

    This year promises to be the SI choir’s best year ever! Hal Walker has been busy writing, arranging and seeking SI friendly choir music. This is not your average church choir. This is SI choir 2014! After years of building together, we are ready to blast the roof off * Hall with our sonic beauty! We are ready to bring summer camp choral music to a whole ‘nother dimension. We rehearse twice daily, at 7:45am and during late afternoon workshops. If this interests you, please show up on Monday morning at 7:45 am. If this seems too early, go buy yourself a good alarm clock and be ready to come alive. “Unleash the Beauty! We are SI CHOIR 2014!”

    Music director at the UU church of Kent, Hal Walker returns to Summer Institute for his 17th year of music leadership. Hal recently stated, “If there’s such a thing as Learning New Things Anonymous, I’m definitely a candidate.”

  8. Theme Talk Back

    Rabbi David Horowitz

    Delve more deeply into a discussion about the topic of the day with our theme speaker, Rabbi David Horowitz

Evenings

Each evening’s events are planned to engage, entertain and provide relaxation for campers of all ages:

Lively Concerts
Intergenerational Movie
Family Friendly Monte Carlo Night
Intergenerational Dance with a Live Band
Ultimate Frisbee in Dark
New PUB
PEEK-PEEK-PEEK—an Intergenerational Card Game
Instrumental/Vocal Ensemble Concerts
Open Mic Night
The Youth Coffeehouse

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 when the day’s events are over. This is a great time for families to utilize the Childcare Co-op. In compliance with state laws, no alcohol is permitted to be brought into the Pub or removed from the space.

Monte Carlo Night

This casino style event is family friendly and includes games for every age and skill level. Favorites such as Texas Hold-Em and Rock-Paper-Scissors will return alongside a variety of competitive wagering games. Win enough Nathan Money to claim a classy prize or relax with refreshments from our snack bar.

Your first $500 Nathan Bucks will be free.

All donations & proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund.

PEEK

A Summer Institute Tradition that defies description. If you have never encountered a PEEK experience, brace yourself for the perfect UU game. It’s a loud, fun, and quick card game for everyone, no matter what age. Everyone leaves a winner, with a prize and a smile. For veteran PEEK players, the management hopes that you will once again gladly contribute a PEEK prize for the festivities.