Southeast Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute
a week long summer camp for UU’s   July 17-23, 2016






Director Michael Tino

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Director Elect Annsley Atkin

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Assistant to the direct Danielle Gladd

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Communications Kim Singleton

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Denominational Affairs Amy Carol Webb

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Locations & Equipment

Ron Echols
Dana Stubkjaer

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Middlers (age 11-13)

Leslie Bennett

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Nature Nic Renz
Greg Kramer

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Miriam Davidson

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Jennifer Sanders

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SUUSI Services

Alex Winner

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Technology Svcs Alan Jackoway [email protected]

Nate Johnson
Kevin Houck

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Treasurer Derrick Peavy [email protected]
Workshops Beth Nicholson [email protected]
Young Adults

Ember Fulson

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Joanne Dingus

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ingatheringSUUSI is an intentional community, and we make time to build community. We are a diverse mix of ages, philosophies, and interests, and it's stimulating to make new friends as well as meet old buddies at SUUSI each year. About one-third of the 1,000 or so participants are attending SUUSI for the first time, and a special effort is made to build that sense of community with the "newcomers" or "first timers." Each afternoon we gather at Community Time to connect as a group.

SUUSI is a vacation week to grow, relax, play and connect.  Many experience the workshops, expeditions into the Appalachians, music, and the relaxed conversations with new friends as a welcome time of recharge and re-creation before returning to hectic lives a week later. They discover new interests, new ideas, and new friends in an environment that is safe and family-oriented, but also offers opportunities to stretch and accept new challenges.

Some challenges might be physical - if you have never been canoeing or caving, or want to "get into" biking, then SUUSI is a great place to give it a try.

Others discover a deeper understanding of their spirit and emotions, especially through the worship services, theme talks, and workshops. There's also a subtle change that comes from living for a week with 1,000 others who have a wide range of perspectives on politics, food preferences, music, and all the other facets of life. So often, those differences can divide us.

At SUUSI, we create an "intentional community" where we acknowledge our diversity and reconnect with others based on our shared humanity. At the end of a week, our sense of trust and confidence in the inherent goodness of others reaches a new level. The good feeling is often reflected by simple things, such as a willingness to sit at a table with strangers and make friends through casual conversation. We sit down at the table in the cafeteria with people we've never met, start a conversation ("So how did you find out about SUUSI? What did you think about that worship service last night? What's your favorite workshop experience so far at SUUSI?"). By the time a meal is over, tablemates are not strangers. That's part of the SUUSI community magic - could you behave the same way at a regular restaurant? After SUUSI, you may still choose to bury your head in a book when eating alone at a restaurant on a business trip. At SUUSI, however, the sense of "aloneness" tends to fade and the sense of belonging to a supportive community tends to grow. The good feeling from knowing that the strangers are not strange tends to stimulate proposals to extend SUUSI for another week - but the alternative is to extend SUUSI into our "regular" lives, and create more of a sense of community with those who have not attended SUUSI... yet.

The 2nd edition of the 2015 SUUSI catalog including workshop offerings is now available.

Please check back around the beginning of April for updates and nature trip listings and more. If you are planning on printing the catalog, please wait unless April to get the complete catalog. 

For those of you who really want a printed catalog, we have some good news. You will be able to get a full color printed catalog though an "on demand" printer for approximately $10 plus shipping. Check here for details as they become available.


2015 Building Bridges

Click to View the SECOND Edition with workshops!

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The mission of SUUSI is to provide a one week experience evoking the best within us, in concert with Unitarian Universalist principles. SUUSI offers the opportunity to share an intergenerational environment of love, personal freedom, ethics, and joy in an intentional, nonjudgmental community.

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