One big way that you can help make CERSI 2019 awesome is to help us offer strong programming that will appeal to a range of people.
Morning Seminars for adults meet with the same group every day for 75 minutes, with content building from day to day.
Early Afternoon (inter-generational) and Late Afternoon (sometimes age-specific) afternoon workshops tend to be more open-ended, with folks coming and going during the 90 minutes of activity.
All of them can be learning-based or activity-based, and topics might be spiritual, practical, physical, intellectual, gustatory, artsy, musical, or more! If you have an idea for an interesting morning seminar or afternoon workshop, please submit a proposal by October 31, 2018.
You can relive Summer Institute 2018 here:
All of the morning and afternoon workshops happen because someone had an idea, some knowledge to share, or an activity they enjoy. If this week has you thinking of an idea for a morning or afternoon workshop, the SIPC wants to hear from you!
Now that the Ohio Meadville District no longer exists, it’s time to change the name of CER Summer Institute! While the acronym OMDSI is unbelievably catchy, the new UUA regional organization opens up the possibility for something even better. Please send your nominations to [email protected]. We will also have boxes in First Church just outside the sanctuary, and in Stevenson Dining Hall. At the end of the week, campers will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite name as part of the regular SI evaluation process. Beware! If you don’t suggest any names, we will default to calling it Super Nathan’s Summer Institute.
The SI Committee on Ministry
Joan Van Becelaere
The SI Planning Committee (SIPC), which is responsible for making SI happen each year, consists of 9 members who each serve for 3 years. Each year, the 3 members who have served for 3 years leave the committee and are replaced. Recruitment of new planning committee members was previously done by the existing SIPC, but a new process was implemented in 2017.
The SI Committee on Ministry (SICoM) was formed to recruit new nominees for both itself and the SIPC. In addition, SICoM addresses longer term policies and procedures, including implementing and evaluating the Right Relations Policy. This year we are again formally soliciting the SI community for nominees to serve on either committee. Self nominations are welcome.
Depending on who is leaving these committees, both committees have specific needs in terms of skills (i.e. experience with children, ministry, event planning, electronic media, policy assessment, etc.) Nominees who are judged to be best able to fill the needs of the committee(s) and who are able to make the time commitment will be assembled on a slate that will be presented to the SI community for an up or down vote.
We are counting on you to provide names of SI community members who you believe would be good choices for either the SIPC or SICoM. SIPC members should generally have attended SI a minimum of 3 times, preferably with some experience in service or leadership within the community. SICoM members should have attended SI at least 5 times. Does this sound like you? Feel free to self nominate.
SIPC members, who receive a full campership, make a commitment to attend monthly planning meetings and work during SI for 3 years. SICoM members commit to attending SI for 3 years as well as attending meetings every two months which are typically conducted over electronic media rather than in person.
Please send your nominations to [email protected] We will also have boxes in First Church just outside the sanctuary, and in Stevenson Dining Hall. And please include a couple of sentences on why you want to nominate the person(s).
On Thursday night at SI, you have a choice of two games. There’s a Euchre tournament, designed for people who already know how to play the game. You can sign up for that, with a partner, during the week. And then there’s PEEK! PEEK! is a game involving both dice and cards. It is wide open – all you must do is show up. It’s easy – you get lessons right there and can pick it up immediately. I for families – the game has no minimum age to be able to play. If you can read dice and cards, or have someone who can help you, you can play. And it’s fun.
PEEK! was created by Sam Hens-Greco’s Uncle Carl, and Sam and his family have been bringing it to Summer Institute for years. There are no losers in this game, everybody wins a prize.
Ah, the legendary PEEK! prizes. To play, you should bring one, in a reusable grocery bag. (You get to keep the bag as well, and sometimes it’s better than the prize.) As for the prize itself, bring something that isn’t expensive. Sam says that it should be something that you cherish. Everybody else says that it should be a “white elephant” gift, or something you don’t want. Many people bring the prize they won last year. When the game is over, there’s a huge swap meet among the children, so see who can come home with something they actually want.
Keep an eye out instructions on where and when to bring the PEEK! prize to where they are collected for the game. Don’t worry if you have something appropriate or not. You can’t make a mistake. And join us for the game itself. It’s something that you won’t find anywhere else, and it’s a blast.
One word of warning – it’s loud. Very, very loud.
Hey everyone, it’s not too late to share your art and crafts at the SI bookstore! There are no fees to vend at the bookstore, but 15% of your sales go to the SI scholarship fund to help others enjoy the magic that is SI. Not particularly crafty, don’t worry, you can offer a service like chair massage, or reiki. You can also help the scholarship fund by donating an item or gift basket for our raffle table. Please send me a quick email at [email protected] to let me know that you would like to vend, or donate something for our raffle table.
The Good News is that it’s June 1, which means there’s only a little over a month before Summer Institute.
The Bad News is that, at 11:59pm tonight, we must start charging a $75 registration fee per person.
The Other Good News is that you still have time to register without that fee, by registering before midnight tonight.
The Even Better News is that, if you’ve never come to Summer Institute, you can still register to attend without having to pay that registration fee for ten more days. That’s right, the deadline for first timers to register for SI has been extended until 11:59pm on June 10, 2018.
Come on, join us!
If you’re going to come to Summer Institute, you might as well save $75 in doing it, right? Register by June 1st to avoid the $75 registration fee. If you’re staff, this is not just recommended but required.
SIT Team??? Your SI Transportation Team! We are preparing for your week at Summer Institute!
We are 4 drivers and two 6 passenger carts. We will be traversing the campus during peak activity times – before and between major activities such as workshops, meals, worship times and other highly attended activity times.
The purpose of the SIT Team and our carts is to assist campers with mobility issues and help them get to activities on campus. Of course, if your mobility issue is that you are simply exhausted from all the exciting activities, you are invited to take a ride. There will be times when folks who have more complicated needs will be given priority. (If you are one of those, introduce yourself to our wonderful drivers and we will keep an eye out for you!)
Additionally, if you are one who has continuous need of transportation, you have another option. You may wish to use a personal scooter. If you own your own, you certainly are encouraged to bring it. If you think you may need one during the week, we have made arrangements with a local company for you to call and reserve one. You will need to call them to reserve the cart and any “accessories” (NPL Home Medical in Elyria, OH at 440-365-8581, ask for Cody, and tell them this is for Summer Institute, 7/8-14. Cal Frye, SIPC member, will be picking them up on 7/7, and returning them for you.) You will pay the company directly. We will make sure you will have it on Sunday afternoon. You will turn it in to us on Saturday and Cal will return it. Again, this service is arranged for you through the Summer Institute Planning Council, so when you call to rent a scooter, be sure to identify yourself as a camper at SI.
If you have a financial need for assistance with a scooter rental due to physical disability, please contact, Cal Fry ([email protected] or 440-420-9450) for information. There are available funds to support those who have mobility issues and financial need.
There is a very short time before SI! It will certainly go fast!! Enjoy this beautiful Spring and start gearing up for Summer Institute 2018!!!!
The Summer Institute Brochure with workshops can be found here.
Registration opens Sunday April 1st at 12:00 am! Register here.
If you are staff for Summer Institute please contact your SIPC liaison for campership number and the tier of the staff position.
Scholarship applications can be found here.
Any questions please let us know!
2018 SIPC Chair