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 Read more…

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 Read more…

Worship

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 Read more…

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 Read more…

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 Read more…

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 Read more…

Afternoons

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 Read more…

Music

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 Read more…

Evenings

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 Read more…