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Summer Institute Basics

Summer Institute Vision Statement

Our vision is UU community built with a sense of belonging and acceptance that gathers, learns from each other, worships together, and is inspired.


Monday through Friday
Hurray! You arrived. Now what’s next?

2-5:00 Complete your registration (watch for the signs on campus). Unload the car, settle into your room, and engage in reunification rituals with SI friends.

4 - 5:00 RE Open Houses

5:00 Meet up in the dining hall for our first dinner together.

7:00 Opening ceremonies (bring your church banner).

Breakfast (7-8:30)

8:30 Morning Worship, with children

9:15 Teachers take children to
Children’s Programs

9:45 Youth to morning programs

9:30 Theme Talk

10:30 - 11:45 Morning Seminars

Lunch (12:00 adults, YAs, children; 12:30 youth)

1:30 - 3:00 Early PM Intergenerational Workshops

3:15 - 4:45 Late PM (Age-Specific Workshops)

Dinner (5-6:30)

6:30 Early Evening Intergenerational Activities

8:30 Evening Vespers

9:30 Late Evening Adult Activities

Clean your room


Pack up the car.

10 AM Closing Ceremony

Return your room key. See Kaleidoscope for details.

Share loving high fives and even form a hug-apillar with friends before heading home.

Golf Carts and Headsets

Please indicate during registration if you will need any of these services.

  • For those needing assistance in getting between the dining hall, dorms, and various activities, expanded golf cart service will be available between key campus locations before and after meals and scheduled events.
  • For those with hearing difficulties, a limited number of headsets will be available for use in Finney Chapel only.

The SI Bookstore

The headquarters for SI T-shirts, Skinner House & Beacon Press books, works by SI artists, and the SI scholarship raffle is located just off the Pierce Dining Hall. Stop in after lunch or dinner with your cash, check, or major credit card. Profits go to the Melanie Pescan scholarship fund. Artists or congregations wishing to sell items should contact Beth Straubhaar at bookstore@omdsi.org  for more details.

The Details

You’ll register for Summer Institute online or by mail (soon, so that you get first dibs on workshops. Plus, if you register by June 1, you get that $75.00 discount!), and receive all kinds of handy information before you arrive. But it’s important to know that Summer Institute begins on Sunday, July 9 and that on-campus check in takes place between 1 PM and 5 PM (staff check in is noon-1) . Helpers will assist you carrying your luggage up to your room, and we’ll dine together before our opening celebration at 7:00. You’ll be leaving after breakfast and our closing ceremony on Saturday, July 19th. To be compliant with state and local laws, no B.Y.O.B. in the Pub, wear helmets at all times when riding bicycles and please reserve golf cart usage for those that need a ride. Unruly behavior is not acceptable within the Summer Institute community. It is your community and if you feel uncomfortable, please voice your concern directly with an SI Planning Committee member.


You are being asked to give permission to be photographed on your registration form. However... Please be aware that SI Community members take personal photos. The SIPC does not have control over this. Selecting the "opt out" choice on the registration form only means that you opt out of inclusion in videos and photos sanctioned by the SIPC taken during SI. (Those photos may be used in district publications including the website. Individuals will not be identified in publications.) We suggest that if you note someone taking a photo in your area, and do not want to be in it, please step out of the area.

Insurance Disclaimer

If you’re a Summer Institute attendee and you leave campus for any reason except for specifically scheduled Summer Institute activities, the Ohio-Meadville District’s Liability Insurance will not cover you if you are hurt or in an accident. Summer Institute’s liability insurance covers only ON CAMPUS events. If you leave campus, you must rely on your own insurance. Also, if you come for even a tiny part of the week, you must register.

Getting Around

Almost all of Summer Institute's activities take place on the North Quad, where our main housing is located and where worship, theme talks and workshops are scheduled in various buildings around the main quad. Most of us walk or ride our bikes between those locations, but SI provides golf cart transportation for those who with mobility challenges.

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream

Most dorms are not air conditioned and people often bring fans from home (as well as lamps, clocks, stereos, bicycles and, occasionally, lap top computers). Window air conditioners are NOT allowed. All bathrooms look like those on college campuses and our meals taste a lot like cafeteria food, but substantially better, with recognition of the needs of our vegetarian and vegan UUs. Please note: Bring your own linens (towels, pillowcases, sheets). Linens are not available through Oberlin.

How to find out more

Check out our web page at www.omdsi.org. For questions about registration, contact our registration team - Amy Kent at 412-999-7067 or registrar@omdsi.org. For scholarship information, contact John Rodeheffer at scholarships@omdsi.org or 724-421-6003. Email the Summer Institute Planning Committee Chair Gina Phillips at ginaphillips224@gmail.com. Oberlin College also has a web page at www.oberlin.edu.

Questions? Problems? Contact the Registrar:
  Kim Marfy at 
registrar@omdsi.org or phone (330) 283-6417

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