Community Workshifts

It takes all of us to make the CERSI magic happen so we ask all adults and young adults to sign up for a workshift. These are generally short commitments once during the week and may involve setting up or taking down an activity, helping people at the cafeteria, assisting Read more…

Who to Contact

Have a question? Ask a person with a colored bandana. If you need pastoral care, look for someone with a purple bandana. [Ministry Team] If you have a specific question about accommodations, look for someone with an orange bandana [SI Planning committee] The panel of people in charge of the Read more…

Evenings

There is something different every evening, be sure to check your schedule to know what is happening. After dinner, we have child-friendly fun. The Young Adults host Monte Carlo night which is a fun night of silly outdoor games. Peek is a game for all ages that is part cards, Read more…

Afternoons are for All Ages

After lunch, the programming is less formal. You don’t need to attend the same workshop everyday, though you are welcome to.  We offer intergenerational programs, including tie dying, body art and other crafts, as well as organized play and other things that would tempt both the young and old.  There Read more…

Summer Institute Covenant

We value the “Summer Institute Magic” that we co-create for one week every year, so we promise to: Treat each individual and their gifts with gratitude. Make space for the creative and unexpected delights we might share with the community. Offer a generosity of spirit to each other as we Read more…

A typical day at SI

Your day begins when you want it to. No one is forcing you to get out of bed. SI’s day begins as early as 7am, when the dining hall opens for breakfast.

At 8:15, our morning service begins. Services are performed by ministers and lay leaders from around the district, giving you a chance to see techniques and hear sermons that you’ve never heard before. Music is supplied by our SI Chorus, which, if you like, you can join.

It’s from the morning services that your children, those younger than middle school, take off for RE, where they’ll be taught by some of the finest teachers our district has to offer, and will make friends that can last a lifetime. The Youth (middle and high school) have their own programming in the morning, so you don’t have to worry about them. (more…)

Campus map

Using this map, you can familiarize yourself with the layout of the Oberlin campus. As the committee makes decisions regarding which spaces will be used for which events, we will make updates. Also, here is the campus map from Oberlin College: Campus Map

Hearing Assistance

Hearing assistance will be available at Summer Institute again this year.  Hearing loops will be installed in First Church (UCC) for morning worship and the theme talk, and vespers.  Those with t-coil equipped hearing aids or cochlear implants need only switch their devices to T mode to access the sound.  Read more…

The pub

From 9:30 PM onward, adults gather at the Pub 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 is a great time for families Read more…

Planning Council

2019 Summer Institute Planning Council Anne Wilson – Chair Cal Frye – Asst. Chair, Chair in 2020 Linda Fleming Jane Harkey Nathan Morse Liz Bright Christa Champion Susan Roscigno Becky Mitchell SI COM – Committee on Ministry David Strickler, chair Melissa Jeter Nathan Staples Kim Diana Connolly Caitlin Ballinger Registrar Read more…

The History of Summer Institute

CERSI 2019 – Oberlin College Theme Speaker – Dr. Ysaye BarnwellSI Chair – Anne WilsonSlideshowBrochure OMDSI 2018 – Oberlin College Hope is an Imperative: How each one of us makes a differenceTheme Speaker – Dr. David W. OrrSI Chair – Bruce KentSlideshowBrochure OMDSI 2017 – Oberlin College Beyond Lip Service: Read more…