Author Archives: Cliff Adams

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.

Summer Institute Right Relations Policy

We value compassion, so we promise that when any of us are out of covenant we will provide and participate in reconciliation processes so we can make our way back into covenant. SI Covenant, adopted July 19,  2016 Background Summer Institute is an intergenerational community of Unitarian Universalists who gather together one week each summer for fellowship, fun, and spiritual growth. Many attendees find that SI is a transformative experience; however, conflicts and breaches of covenant will inevitably arise on occasion. The SI Committee on […]

Summer Institute registration opens at midnight, April 1

No, this isn’t a cruel April fools joke. You really can register for Summer Institute 2017 on April 1st! 2017 Programming Estimate Costs Scholarship Applications Register Here!

Chair’s Letter

Dear Beloved Community, Well, it has been quite a year since we last gathered, hasn’t it? For many of us, myself included, the national news and political climate in which we find ourselves can be all consuming, overwhelming, endlessly frightening, infuriating, and depressing. And yet. And. Yet. There is so much to hope for, and so much to be thankful for. It is good for us to be together. It is particularly important in these times that we be together. That we gather in love, […]

Theme Speaker: Sheila Schuh

Sheila Schuh is the Director of Religious Education at First Unitarian in Rochester, NY. Fun Worship!  Social Action!  Sacred Stories!  The Arts!  These are her loves in the ministry. In a culture of many forces which conflict with our UU Principles, Sheila is committed to supporting parents in their roles as spiritual guides and to the principles of Non-Violent Communication.  Sheila is a licensed Creative Arts Therapist, has won awards for intergenerational worship, and helps create workshops, retreats, and webinars through the Liberal Religious Educators […]

Morning Seminars

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

Late Afternoon Workshops (3:15—4:45)

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)

Janine Harris Degitz – Compassionate Communication – Restorative Justice: Janine has been studying Non-Violent Communication (NVC) since 2005 with a primary focus on Robert Gonzales’s work of Living Compassion. She is a graduate of Robert’s 2009-2010 LIFE program and was an assistant for Robert in the 2012-2013 LIFE program in Portland, OR.  She has spent over 700 hours practicing and supporting Robert and his work. In addition to NVC Janine has been studying conflict resolution, restorative circles, community building, mediation and restorative justice for the […]

Summer Institute 2017 Proposals

Do you have an idea for a morning or afternoon workshop? Feel something was missing? Have a skill or interest to share? The deadline for proposals is October 30th. Please read the paragraphs at the top of the forms that describe campership levels. Morning Proposals: https://uua.wufoo.com/forms/se7o7ay1g17zy5/ Afternoon Proposals: https://uua.wufoo.com/forms/s14o1tb10c9dcdw/

A Note to the SI Community from Matt Meyer

Dear Ohio Summer Institute, Thank you for the amazing worship services, community singing, conversations about whiteness in a time of Black Lives Matter, stories about your organizing, trivia, pub nights, dancing dessert delivery, letting me win at pool and score a point in Ultimate, strategizing about environmental justice movement-building, concerts, choir magic, remembering the farmworker’s clap when I forgot, pieing me in the face for a cause, happy hour, ice cream twice a day, silly games, and smiling children with painted faces. Yours, with Love, […]

Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell

Summer Institute 2019: July 7th – 13th Theme Speaker: Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell BUILDING A VOCAL COMMUNITY® https://www.ymbarnwell.com/

SI 2016 Slideshow

If you missed this at the 2016 closing ceremony, please watch. If you were at the closing ceremony, especially watch. Jennifer May did a great job in putting this together and the projector did not do it justice.

Resources and Links from the Theme Talk 2016 with Matt Meyer

“Covenant and Collective Action” Resources and Links from the SI Theme Talk 2016 with Matt Meyer Matt’s Website: RhythmRevelations.com Community Organizing Organizing on the Side of Love: Tools and Tips for Interconnection and Impact (Webinar) UU Justice Ohio, Organizing UU’s for legislative action Momentum Training for building mass movements. 350.org, climate-focused campaigns   Racial Justice Black Lives Matter: 25 Resources for conversations on police violence. Campaign Zero, demands for reform from Black Lives Matter The case for Reparations, The Atlantic Colorlines Magazine, amazing resource for […]