Author Archives: Cliff Adams

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 […]

2018 Morning Seminars

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

Late Afternoon Workshops (3:15—4:45)

Evenings

Each evening’s events are planned to engage, entertain and provide relaxation for campers of all ages. Evening programming includes: Concert 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 (woosterdance.com). 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 2017, and read your comments about it (you’ll hear more about that later). Now it’s time to start on the 2018 SI. The first order of business is Morning Seminars […]

Sheila’s slides from her 2017 theme talks

Want to review some of the resources Sheila mentioned in her theme talks about Non-Violent Communication and Restorative Justice? Here’s her final slides: PowerPoint Slides PDF Slides

Videos from Rev. Joan Van Becelaere’s morning seminar

If you attended Rev. Joan Van Becelaere’s morning seminar: Once Upon a Time in Judea…. A Story-Focused Intro to the New Testament, or wished you could have, here are the videos that were shown.

2017 Photos

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2016 Photos

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2017 Slideshow

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 http://www.balance-and-swing.com.