All about Summer Institute

The History of Summer Institute

CERSI 2023 - Penn West The Call Is Coming From Inside the House: Preemptive Racial Inclusion and Practices for Witness, Self Examination and Change Theme Speaker: CB Beal SI Chair…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

After breakfast, we gather for morning worship. 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…)

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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…

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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…

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