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

  • Tuesday Special! – UU Family Circles

    Sheila Schuh

    UU Family Circle is a framework to use in your home to build deeper family connections. Based on the work of Kay Pranis, this structure helps families celebrate, make decisions, move through change, appreciate, or solve challenges together. Families are invited to come together to the workshop, learn the characteristics and process of doing a circle as part of their UU faith development at home, try a simple circle, and leave with a worksheet for adapting the framework for their use.

  • Thursday Special! – Parenting as a Spiritual Practice

    Sheila Schuh

    During this session, participants will be invited to try mindfulness practice and non-violent communication to explore needs that are challenging to meet in their parenting. Our aim together is to create a space for any parent or grandparent, single or partnered, to take time out and focus on what can make their parenting more enjoyable as Unitarian Universalists.

  • Children’s Choir

    Joe Schafer

    The Children’s Choir meets 12:45 to 1:30 in the church sanctuary. School aged Children 6th grade and under are welcome to drop by to join.

  • Duck Tape

    Sara Beech

    At Duct Tape workshop, you will be creating your masterpieces out of duck tape in all kinds of color and patterns. We will be working on pull string backpacks, beach bags, wallets and many more items. Duct Tape is not just a tool in your toolbox anymore.

    Sara Beech have been creating and fabricating all kinds of pieces out of Duct Tape for years, and has a vast knowledge of how to construct many things.

    Things participants should bring: We will supply duct tape in basic colors and patterns. If you would like to make grocery bags, you should bring two rolls of tape in different colors or patterns.

  • Shrinky Dink Chalice Jewelry

    Evelyn Sobczek

    We will use Shrinky dink to create jewelry using stamps, ink, crayon, pencil, and markers. Bring your ideas or use a chalice template to make a one-of-a-kind piece. Any age can create beauty that is wearable.

    Evelyn Sobczek is a lifelong UU and has been attending OMDSI for the last 10 years. She has sold jewelry, including shrink dink, in the SI bookstore, created especially for her church table. Evelyn has been making jewelry with shrink dink and other media for over 20 years.

    Things participants should bring: Any chalice ideas, Shrinky dink sheets, markers, stamps, and patience.

  • Body Art

    Deb Cannon

    Throughout history, people have chosen to decorate their bodies for any number of reasons, from fashion to religious ceremony. Come join us as we enjoy our own explorations into adornment. We will have many different options available from tattoos to hair dye. Together we can find our own way of expressing ourselves. We will even have guest artists who can help make your body art dreams come true.

    This is Deb Cannon’s second year hosting Body Art. At home, she plays for a living…with children of all ages.

    Things participants should bring: Their imaginations and any supplies they want to use.

  • Poetry for a Summer Day

    Dean Hazelton

    This is a course in reading and appreciating poetry. We will read and discuss poems on different topics by a variety of poets, from all over the world and different eras. The topics for this summer haven’t been picked yet, but in the past, we discussed nature poetry, love poetry, poems of transformation, poetry reflecting UU principles, poetic meaning lost (and found!) in translation, and poets like Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and Rumi.

    Dean Hazelton is not an academic, but is a voracious consumer of poetry. He has led a poetry group at his home church (UU Church of the South Hills) for about 20 years, and has facilitated afternoon workshops at SI for 7 years.

    Things participants should bring: Imaginative open minds.

  • Tie-Dye & Un-Dye

    Nicole Hayman-Staples and Lexi Hayman-Staples

    Come get messy with us at the Summer Institute tie-dye workshop! It’s time to let your creative juices flow and create colorful masterpieces on clothing and other fabrics! Also available is the option to un-dye darker pieces of fabric! Bring as many items as you wish, but please only dye a couple of items each day so everybody has a chance to complete their projects. Little ones should be supervised during project making!

    Nicole and Lexi Hayman-Staples have been running the tie-dye workshop for many years. They both have jobs that are centered around art and creativity! We encourage people to be creative and have fun with tie-dye while avoiding stringent rules.

    Things participants should bring: Items to tie-dye, a positive attitude, and an open mind.

  • Music, Spirituality, Memory, and Emotion: Music will Take Me There

    Becky Dempster and Julie Duhigg

    The power to perceive emotion through music develops early in life and remains with us as we grow and mature into fully functional adults. During the week, Becky and Julie will use science, meditation, music, storytelling, and spirituality and help our workshop participants more fully understand the role music plays in integrating their daily experiences.

    “Music is the saving grace of us all.”~ Julie D.

    Becky is a counselor who has worked in community behavioral health for 20 years. She is an active member of the Akron congregation and our SI community.

    Julie is a psychologist with Counseling Services at Ohio Wesleyan University. Outside of work, Julie enjoys spending time with her family and relishes good food, music, and friends.

  • Plus, these early afternoon events:


    Hal Walker


    Water Games

    Coleen Thoele