Chair’s Letter

Oh, how quickly Summer Institute approaches!

Welcome to you if you are perusing our program brochure for the first time, and Welcome Back if you have been eagerly waiting since last summer to hear information about this year’s gathering! Your Planning Committee has been hard at work since early last August as we build another fantastic week of Summer Institute (SI) magic for 2013.

We are so thrilled to have Rev. Art McDonald returning to the Ohio Meadville District to join us as our Theme Speaker for the week. We will explore Social Justice as a Spiritual Practice: “A Central UU Path” with him during his morning theme talks, and will carry the theme through the week in many different pieces of our programs.

As you explore this brochure, we hope you will begin to get even more excited about our rapidly approaching week together in the hills of Gambier on the beautiful Kenyon College campus. We have worked to build a great slate of interesting seminars, workshops, and evening programs. ?ou will find some intellectual opportunities, some creative activities and spaces, lots of music and performance opportunities as always, and plenty of physical activity. You may even wonder what’s new this year, and you will find many new things – including kickball!

Our Youth and Young Adult program planners have been hard at work this year as well, bringing all of their energy and experiences to their monthly meetings. The Planning Committee has found that it gets easier and easier to get excited about the things we’re working on as we touch base with our younger planners each month. They have put together some really great plans for SI youth and young adults.

We are very excited to share this year?s gathering with you – and look forward to greeting everyone in a few short months so we can all kick off our SI magic together!

Alison Reed

SIPC 2013 Chair