Summer Institute 2021: July 11th - 16th

Summer Institute 2021: July 11th - 16th

Summer Institute - Food for the Soul

Cereal box which says We have a delicious menu of SI tidbits and treats – old traditions and new – ready for you and your family! You will find opportunities to connect with friends and meet new folks, to refresh and renew your spirituality, to think and learn, and to have some fun!  We have built on what went well last year and are offering an exciting selection of tasty SI samples in anticipation of our in-person event in 2022 at Cal U.

The CERSI 2021 Menu:

  • Daily Snack

    • CERSIcles: a chance to connect every day with a small group that fits with your availability

  • Breakfast buffet 

    • Morning Worship led by regional UU clergy or the ministry team

    • A spiritual start to your day

    • Prerecorded to watch at your convenience

  • Lunch Ticket

    • Workshops offered by Summer Institute community members

    • Mid-day nourishment for your mind, body and soul

    • Some live and some prerecorded

    • Topics include: singing, circling together, climate change, Socrates Cafe, permaculture, writing, and a follow-up discussion with the theme speaker

  • Appetizers with Amy Kent

    • Daily informal breakout rooms 

    • Feel free to eat while you visit – it’s like sitting at a table together in the dining hall!

  • Dinner Course, 7-8:30 pm daily

    • A different Main Entree each day, an event for the whole community

      • Theme speaker:  “Power, Land, and the Memory of Water”—An Evening with Kazim Ali

      • Sing-along with Hal Walker

      • All-Ages Family-Friendly Trivia

      • Variety Show

      • Opening and Closing Ceremonies

    • Live, possibly with pre-recorded elements

  • Dessert Fare

    • Evening hangouts, jam sessions, interest groups

    • Mixology

  • The Kids’ Table

    • Everyone’s favorite place for fun

    • RE Experiences daily for children ages 5-12

  • Youth Bento Box 

    • Sample the SI youth community through small and large group gatherings

    • Ages 13-18

So much to choose from!  How to keep track of what you want to do so you don’t miss out?  All of our events and offerings will be accessed through the Whova app (tutorials will be offered ahead of time). You can even “place your order” by setting reminders on Whova.   Don’t want to overindulge by trying to do too much all in one week? Recorded events will be available on Whova for thirty days past the event.  

Registration is NOW Open! 

In peace and love,
The Summer Institute Planning Committee

Important Dates

Registration opens: March 1st, 2020
Early Registration ends:May 31st, 2020
Scholarship deadline:May 31st, 2020
Registration ends:June 20th, 2020
YA Weekends registration ends:July 7th, 2020

Summer Institute - Food for Your Soul

The 42nd Summer Institute will once again be held virtually due to the ongoing uncertainty of the pandemic.

From the Summer Institute Planning Committee

Dear Beloved Community, 

We, Summer Institute Planning Committee, miss you greatly. Who would have thought we are still are this pandemic? That being said, it is with a very heavy heart that, after extensive thought and careful deliberation, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel in person Summer Institute for 2021.

Thinking ahead to July, as a community that values inclusion and collective care, we don’t want to create in-person situations that inadvertently exclude those at higher risk, or create situations that force those at higher risk to publicly identify themselves. Our decision-making must center the needs of the most vulnerable.

We really did create a most magical, virtual experience last Summer and we will recreate that again, with some newer twists. So please stayed tuned and look for more information about “Summer Institute—Food for your Soul” .

In peace and love,
The Summer Institute Planning Committee

Important Dates

Registration opens: March 1st, 2020
Early Registration ends:May 31st, 2020
Scholarship deadline:May 31st, 2020
Registration ends:June 20th, 2020
YA Weekends registration ends:July 7th, 2020
Kazim Ali will be the theme speaker for Summer Institute 2022

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