Monthly Archives: February 2018

Chair’s Letter

The temperature outside is in the thirties, a veritable heat wave compared to the last month. It’s supposed to snow tomorrow, which is absurd. Punxatawny Phil not only saw his shadow back in February, but I think he just saw it again. Let’s face it, winter looks like it is never going to end.

And yet, there is hope. The First Sign of Spring has been seen. No, not a singing robin. Not the Good Humor man. The real First Sign of Spring happened on April 1 – Summer Institute registration is open

Hope is what this year’s Summer Institute is about.…

Theme Speaker – David W. Orr

David W. Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor, Environmental Studies and Politics Emeritus and world-renowned environmentalist.

David is widely sought-after speaker and the author of eight books, including Dangerous Years: Climate Change, the Long Emergency, and the Way Forward (2016) and Hope is an Imperative (2010). He has a long track record of working tirelessly to create a sustainable, just and prosperous world. David helped launch the green campus movement in the 1980’s, and then came to Oberlin where he led the effort to design, fund, and build the Adam Joseph Lewis Center at Oberlin College, which was named one of “52 game-changing buildings of the past 170 years” by the editors of Building Design +Construction.…

2018 Morning Seminars

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

Late Afternoon Workshops (3:15—4:45)


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


Contra Dance
Monday evening is your chance to dance to old-time with music by David Strickler and friends. No partner or experience necessary. Contra dance is aerobic and social. Dancer-friendly instruction and calling by Susan English (

Hymn Sing

Small Ensembles
An evening of music made by YOU! Musically-inclined members of the SI community offer performances that are formal, fun, or downright wacky. Bring your instrument or your voice with you. The small ensembles coordinator will be soliciting your act near the beginning of the week.…

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 groups and their own worship. These touch groups offer a variety of activities that range from trivia to music jams, discussions on broad topics to weird games and provide a daily opportunity for first-timers and old-timers alike to meet new people.…

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

2018 Youth Theme Speakers – Eva Beal, Claire Galpern, India Harris

Youth can be a powerful force in fighting for the way they want things to be. Summer Institute enthusiasts Claire and Eva will be leading the youth program on youth activism and youth-led organizing. With racial justice and gender equality as the focus, they will equip the youth will tools for social change. As longtime SI attendees and veterans of the youth program, Claire and Eva will engage the youth in what promises to be a lively week complete with interactive activities and participatory games. They love UU youth ministry, youth power and social change and are excited to share that with you!…