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Winter Institute 2021 - Different but the Same

Mountain stream in winter, snow upon ice.

Winter Institute (WI) is a long held tradition of gathering over President’s Day week-end for a mid-winter retreat at Salt Fork State Park in Cambridge, Ohio. This retreat was the brainchild of a group of Summer Institute (SI) attendees who wisely determined that a year between SI gatherings is just TOO LONG to wait to gather with extended Beloved UU Community! This year, the retreat falls into the window of time that UUA sponsored in-person programming has been cancelled. The Winter Institute planning committee has been scheming to provide alternative programming for an evening over the same week-end, in the interest of providing a WI “sampler” with a virtual evening on Zoom. We hope this will be an opportunity for those who have never attended to get a taste of fun from the comfort of their own homes, and provide an opportunity to connect with old friends for those who have been in the past and already know the magic of this gathering.

Please Join us:  Saturday, Feb. 13th 5:00 PM-9:00 PM(ish)

We have a wonderful night featuring many of the most enjoyable aspects of Winter Institute:

  • Cocktail/Dinner: We will be kicking off the evening with a BYOB and BYOD (D=Dinner or other tasty Delights)
  • Vespers Service-a casual worship service
  • Virtual game Night/Socrates Café/Unstructured Socialization-We will host break-out room opportunities to suit your interests, with options to move around where appropriate

There will be no cost to attend this year, though you will need to register for the evening in order to receive the link for participation. We ask that you register by 2/5/21 so that we may plan for the administrative support needed, Zoom “room” hosts, etc. Please share about Winter Institute with your UU community! We hope you can make this a new midwinter tradition and join fellow UUs to gather in community.

To learn more about this event and to register, visit the Winter Institute Event Page.

Mark your calendar now for next year’s Winter Institute at Salt Fork State Park on February 18-21, 2022. Learn about Winter Institute.