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Applications for the 2018 Summer Institute Morning Seminars/Afternoon Workshops

Dear Members of our Summer Institute Family: It’s the nature of something like Summer Institute that, once one year’s gathering ends, we must immediately start planning for the next year’s gathering. The 2017 SI ended in July, and the Summer Institute Planning Council got right to work. We’ve met, and reviewed what went on in […]

Packing List Clarifications

We would like to offer a few clarifications regarding the packing list based on questions that have come up: The beds in the dorms are extra long twins. The beds in the townhouses are regular double beds. The college does provide one pillow and one blanket per person. However, they are not exactly… shall we […]

Religious Education Announcement and Call for Help

Something new and something you can do! The RE program is introducing a new adventure in the late afternoons this year… Dr. WhUU! Come join us for some wibbley wobbley fun! Join us while we chart the intersection of science and our faith! We will journey in a big blue box  through time and space […]

Call for Nominations

The SI Planning Council (SIPC), which is responsible for making SI happen each year, consists of 9 members who each serve for 3 years.  Each year, the 3 members who have served for 3 years leave the committee and are replaced.  Recruitment of new planning committee members has been done by the existing committee, a […]

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/. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: http://omdsi.org/scholarships/scholarships/ Send […]