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Right Relations Policy

Dear Summer Institute Friends, In 2016, with your help and input, our Summer Institute adopted a new Covenant statement. (See http://omdsi.camp9.org/Summer-Institute-Covenant) 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 […]

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, […]

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: http://omdsi.org/news/blog/introduction-to-restorative-justice/. […]

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 […]

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oca_nR7V2EA

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 […]

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: https://uua.wufoo.com/forms/se7o7ay1g17zy5/ And the […]

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. […]

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. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/si2016eval Also, if you want to relive the magic, […]

A Note to the SI Community from Matt Meyer

Dear Ohio Summer Institute, Thank you for the amazing worship services, community singing, conversations about whiteness in a time of Black Lives Matter, stories about your organizing, trivia, pub nights, dancing dessert delivery, letting me win at pool and score a point in Ultimate, strategizing about environmental justice movement-building, concerts, choir magic, remembering the farmworker’s […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]