Southeast Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute
a week long summer camp for UU’s   July 16-22, 2017


Registration is Open


SUUSI uses our online registration system called SOLIS. After you peruse the 2017 catalog, go to SOLIS to register.



Stuck in the middle with you!

Medians are a SUUSI affinity group, consisting of adults (at least 21 years old) who prefer a late-night, social lifestyle. We are all over the map demographically: college students, professionals, blue collar wage-jockeys, practicing ministers, new parents, old parents, no-chance-in-hell parents.

It’s kind of a “do it yourself ” SUUSI experience where members can create their own programming. Over the last several years, Median workshops, nature activities, and late-night gatherings have developed a life of their own with events like BBQuusi, Beer and Wine tastings, Texas Hold‘em Poker, and SUUSIToes.

Medians also have a housing option and are active in online communities that provide some solace during the other 359 days of the year that we don’t “look to” as much as the 6 days of SUUSI!


There are several workshops and nature trips that are tagged as Median-led or Median-friendly. Median-led workshops are led by self-identified members of the Median community and are open to all SUUSI participants. Medians are encouraged to plan ahead and register for Median-friendly workshops and nature trips (see above right) so that we can participate together.

We also have less formal activities including games, athletics, and social gatherings. When you arrive at Check-In, please stop by the Median table and see all we have to offer, or suggest an activity that you’d like to happen during the week.

commtime2The Community Time Craft Fair happens on Thursday during community time. It is a lot of fun.  

To ensure equal opportunities for all who participate in the Craft Sale, and to ensure the safety of all SUUSI participants, the following guidelines have been established:

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SUUSIEldersMany seasoned people find a wonderful community and free spirits at SUUSI. A large percentage of our participants are over 40 years old and many elders grace our community with their wit and wisdom.

kidsIn recognition of the unique needs and abilities of different stages of development, the Board and Core Staff have created a program for SUUSi-goers ages 11 to 13. This age group is beginning the move away from childhood and toward adolescence and the rights, privileges and responsibilities that entails.

During SUUSI, we will be creating space, opportunity and direction for each 11, 12 and 13-year-old to build community within their age group as well as with the entire 11-13s group and with the larger community. We will also be looking at ways our UU and personal values can shape our actions.

Each Middler will belong to and meet with a small group within their age group daily (much like the Teen Touch Groups) to insure that each child has a rich experience. Look at our current catalog for more information about this exciting new program.

New This Year! SUUSI Keynote Presentation, Monday at 10 a.m.!

Spiritual Prep for Crossing Cultural Bridges, Dr. Mark A. Hicks, Director of the Fahs Collaborative Laboratory for Faith Formation and MacLean Professor of Religious Education, Meadville Lombard Theological School

Crossing a bridge to another cultural location can be exciting and daunting at the same time.  As people of faith from a diversity of cultural and theological expressions, we must constantly learn new habits of head, heart and hand to be relevant and inclusive to people and experiences we don’t readily understand.  Come hear some of the exciting, transformative ways this community gathered at SUUSI can spend the week engaged with that process.

Dr. Mark A. Hicks is a “transformative religious educator” who is using creativity, imagination, collaboration and the arts to tear down barriers that divide the human family.  His most recent curriculum, “Beloved Conversations:  Meditations on Race and Ethnicity” has launched in over 40 congregations, reinvigorating their work on Building Beloved Community. 

Monday 7 pm Worship Service, House of Love, Rev. Meg Barnhouse

How do we create a house of love in our congregations? Meg will speak and sing about living our UU values with peace and passion. And just a bit of sarcasm, because she can't help it.

Meg Barnhouse is the Sr. Minister of the First UU Church of Austin, Texas.  She is nationally known as a speaker, singer-songwriter, and author. Married to singer-songwriter Kiya Heartwood, mother of two sons and grandmother of two beauties, she and her family have been to SUUSI over 20 times.


Tuesday 9 am Worship Service, Between Our Divisions, Rev. Kimi Riegel 

What keeps us apart?  The reality of difference - we struggle against it and it is our greatest gift. 

Kimi Riegel as has been a minister for 24 years and is a mom and wife. Enjoying the ride!

Tuesday 7 pm Worship Service, Salvation from Gephyrophobia, Rev. Dawn Cooley

Bridges send some of us into a panic. Even metaphorical bridges. What does our faith offer that helps us to confront our fear?

Rev. Dawn Skjei Cooley is the minister of First Unitarian Church in Louisville, Ky. She grew up in Fairfax County, VA and remembers coming to summer camp at VA Tech during middle school and is glad to be returning for her first SUUSI. Prior to Louisville, Dawn and her family lived in Minneapolis, MN for ten years, where she graduated from seminary in 2004. Though not a competitive skater anymore, Dawn enjoyed her time skating as “Liv Fearless” for Louisville's Derby City Roller Girls and has not yet found a hobby that can quite compare to roller derby.


Wednesday 9 am Worship Service, A Highway to Nowhere, A BRIDGE to opportunity, Rev. David Carl Olson

In the wake of the Baltimore Uprising, communities are asking how we might get back to normal. But what if “normal” was entirely unacceptable? Rev. David Carl Olson reflects on events this year in Selma, Alabama and Baltimore, Maryland.

Rev. David Carl Olson is Minister of First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, and a leader of the sponsoring committee for a new congregation-based community organization in Maryland which will unite communities of faith in the struggle for racial and economic justice.

Wednesday 7 pm Worship Service led by Rev. Pat Jobe

Rev. Pat Jobe is the minister of South Carolina's largest UU congregation, and the fifth biggest church on his road. He has led the Greenville Congregation for six years and often speaks at other UU congregations. His SUUSI worship service will focus on "Who or what brought you to the dance?" He will tell of his own intersection with Unitarian Dr. Seuss and ask all of us how we became the wild and wonderful free-thinkers we are today. Miriam Davidson plans to help with the music, so plan to have the house rocked.

Thursday 9 am Worship Service led by Rev. Donna Renfro

Thursday 7 pm Worship Service, Bridge of Size, Rev. Chip Roush

We'll celebrate new babies, mourn lost loved ones, and honor transitions into adulthood.

Rev. Chip Roush serves the First Unitarian Church of South Bend, Indiana. He has been to SUUSI five times before, and loves it more each time.

Friday 9 am Worship Service, Baby, It’s Cold Outside: A Bridge to the Other 51 Weeks, Rev. Amy Carol Webb

Why can’t the whole world be like SUUSI?!” our boys wailed as we drove away from our first one seventeen SUUSI’s ago. Well ... why can’t it? How do we build a bridge from “in here” to “out there!?

Amy Carol Webb is a SUUSI-grown UU minister, serving the River of Grass Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Davie, Florida. As a performing songwriter and music educator with ten CD’s to her name, her music and writings are used by many congregations, and she’s a Skinner House author. She first came to SUUSI with her family as a Concert Performer in 1999.

Friday 8 pm Worship, Earth-Centered Service, Laura M.

Laura M was called to the earth-centered path as a teenager. After years of eclectic practice, she entered the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD) in 2014. She has been a co-coordinator of the earth-centered group in Norfolk since 2005.

community timeCommunity Time is a free festive afternoon fling.  You’ll find a merry gathering of the SUUSI tribe Location to be announced - Monday – Friday from 4:30-6 pm.

Each day there is space for something different: lounge on the lawn with old friends, strum your guitar, start a card game with a stranger, take a splashy seat in the dunk tank, ink in

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YAPronounsThe SUUSI Young Adult program offers a strong, caring, loving community to participants ages 18 to 25. We come together to live in a dorm for one week a year and participate in activities made by, and for young adults. It's a smaller community within SUUSI's own welcoming arms where you will meet new, interesting, and caring people every year you come.

The YA program is developed both by the staff members and the community at large.  During the year, YA's have the chance to suggest and plan activities during the week.  We try to keep the schedule as new and interesting to our members as possible.  If a workshop/activity during the week takes significant amounts of planning community members are eligible for part time staff credit to run it.

Watch out for performances: YA talent tends to surface at the coffee house, cabaret, and other more random outlets as well. The YAs also dominate the dance floors at CACHE and Serendipity. We participate in two important bridging ceremonies as well. One ceremony will be to welcome the teens that will be young adults at the following SUUSI, and the second to recognize those YAs that are 25 years old and will be leaving the YA program and transitioning in to SUUSI's median programming.

Every year, the YA Staff hopes to support the idea of existing as an intentional community within the bigger intentional community that is SUUSI. In this we hope to bring back focus on our integration into this amazing Intergenerational community that SUUSI offers us. We will be modifying old events, or offering new ones that we hope to bring to everyone in the SUUSI community. We hope to bring our community out to everyone else so that every SUUSI participant might get to experience the community bonds that have brought YA's back to SUUSI year after year after year.

Wondering what you should pack for the week? Must haves are cameras, swimsuits, music, instruments, and fans! Also, bring your games, toys, inflatable anythings, your favorite clothes for all types of weather and for dressing up, an open mind, good ideas, and great feelings. If you bring a book, this is fair warning that you will have little time to read it. That is, unless you enjoy seclusion and introversion, which is totally cool too.

One of the ways to get to know the YAs and be a part of the community before and after SUUSI is through the SUUSI YA Group on Facebook (a search of those terms should find it for you). If you would like to join and share with the community on-line, simply request to join the goup. And if you have any additional questions/concerns/ ideas about the YA program, feel free to email the YA Director at [email protected].

Can't wait to see you there!  

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