Author Archives: Cliff Adams

Parent Responsibilities

Provide full disclosure regarding physical/emotional issues to classroom teachers. Know that when my child is not in an SI program that provides adult supervision, I am directly responsible for his/ her supervision, including meal time. Know that I am responsible for my child’s health, well-being, safety and good behavior at SI. Know that if my child fails to follow SI or Oberlin College rules, he/she may have to remain with me during the remainder of SI and that continued failure to follow rules may result […]


Music Opportunities There are many opportunities to perform music and share your musical talents with others at SI: choir, folk orchestra, small group ensembles perform late in the week, Drum Circles frequently pop up, or casual ‘pick up’ groups that gather spontaneously during the week. Bring your instrument or your voice and don’t be shy about getting involved!

Young Adult Panel

Nikki Hurlbut is from the Kent church and has been attending since 2004. In prior years, she has participated in leadership with the youth and young adult panel. She is currently finishing her undergrad at Bowling Green State University with a degree specializing in business and art. In her spare time she enjoys working out, traveling, cooking, and spending time with her friends and family. Ashera Buhite has been coming to SI on and off since 2003 and she’s jazzed as heck to serve as […]

Youth Panel

Youth Co-Chairs Jimmy Moore Tucker Phillips Youth Members Trecia Cintron David Homsher Robin McBride Danny McNulty CB Roman Adult Co-Chairs Chris Hurlbut Lauren Straubhaar Mike Frye


Summer Institute Staff There are many hard working volunteers who spend all year bringing Summer Institute to all of us each year. See the current members of the main Planning Committee, the Young Adult Panel, and the Youth Panel.

The History of Summer Institute

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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 […]

Theme Speaker

Social Justice as a Spiritual Practice: A Central UU Path Rev. Art McDonald will share thoughts on the theme including personal, congregational, and larger community perspectives on social justice. Ideas and questions to be considered will include: A Story of Conversion: Confessions of a Slow Learner. Social Justice and the Congregation. Will social justice grow or divide the congregation? Religion, Politics and Democracy. Do we mix religion and politics? If yes, how? Are we democrats and/or republicans? We’ll use the concept of the common good […]


Community life at Summer Institute revolves around twice-daily inter-generational services: Morning Worship and Vespers.  In each, worship leaders create innovative ways to deliver inspirational messages including storytelling, vocal and instrumental music, multimedia presentations and more.  Announcements at worship services – always informative, occasionally entertaining – are the primary source for updates and information throughout the week. For SI community members, worship services serve as daily touchstones.

Morning Seminars

1.  Awaken to the Heartbeat Rebekah Benner Make a joyful noise!! Connect to the heart of the Mother Drum! Learn the  basics of hand-drumming and drum circle facilitation. Rhythms from many cultures will be shared. Shamanic drum journey, trance drumming, drum chant & song will also be explored. For the new drummer, and the experienced. Participants must bring their own tall pedestal type drum: i.e. djembe, ashiko, doumbek, that can be held between the knees and played with both hands.  Limit: 25 2. Belly Dance — […]

Youth Program

The SI Youth Program is a week-long place to explore and learn about UU ethics and values without some of the constraints of today’s society, while still in a safe environment. A core part of SI, the Youth Program offers age-appropriate programming for about 125 youth split between the junior high group (*7th – 9th grade) and the senior high group (10th – 12th grade). Each group has its own theme speaker for an hour in the morning, after which both groups come together to […]

Young Adult Program

Welcome all! Young adulthood is a time of transition, self-discovery, and finding one’s roots. Whether you are freshly bridged from the Youth Program, a new SI attendee, or an old-timer, the Young Adult program has something for you. Our worships meet at night, after evening programming, and will be led by a professional worship coordinator aimed at providing new and innovative worships for Young Adults. Young adults are also welcome to stay together in Gund dorm, where our evening worships will be located. We will […]


Unlike adult morning seminars, children’s RE, and youth programming where you commit for the week, afternoons at SI are more “come and go as you please.”  You don’t sign up for these workshops but enjoy the offerings, or exercise, (or nap!) as the spirit moves you.  Early afternoon workshops are from 1:30 to 3 each afternoon.  They are intergenerational and designed to be experienced by families together.  Please remember to be responsible for your children during that time.  Late afternoon workshops are from 3:15 to […]


There are many opportunities to perform music and share your musical talents with others at SI. All are fun activities. Choices vary from the intergenerational choir singing hymns and fun songs for services, through the hymn sing, to folk orchestra that welcomes most any instrument that can play a tune or keep time, to small group ensembles which perform a variety of music by groups of 2 to 6 people, all the way to the Talent Show on Friday night, exhibiting the wonderful and VERY […]


Each evening’s events are planned to engage, entertain and provide relaxation for campers of all ages: PEEK Concerts Hymn sing Monte Carlo night Night-time Ultimate Frisbee Dance Coffeehouse(s) The Children/Family Talent Show Movie night The Pub What would SI be without the Pub? From 9:30 PM onward, adults gather there to socialize, share a pub beverage, make music, play games and make new friends while reconnecting with old ones. It’s a great place to relax and hang out when the day’s events are over. This […]