I have just returned from attending SUUSI – Southeast UU Summer Institute – in Cullowhee, NC. Over 1,000 Unitarian Universalists from all over the country – as well as a handful from Canada and the UK – were there for a week of living in intentional community with other UUs.
I am an evangelist for SUUSI, and other similar UU camp/conference center experiences (Star Island, Ferry Beach, etc.), because I know how much our now-adult children got out of the programming while they were growing up. All of our children have friends they made at camp who they are still in contact with today – and one is still heavily involved in MUUSA (Midwest UU Summer Assembly). Tom and I have also made good friends at both camps we’ve attended. Many SUUSI attendees speak of “finding their tribe” at this camp-like experience.
SUUSI truly offers something for everyone. There are informative and fun workshops where one can engage in serious discussions – or learn a fun skill – or improve one’s musical skills. There are nature trips – hiking, kayaking, canoeing, etc. There are excursions – an evening at a local brew pub, or a day to explore the Biltmore estate in Asheville. There’s an opportunity to serve others, literally, at The Community Table in nearby Sylva, NC. If one is so inclined, one can dance until the wee hours of the morning, then eat a late (early?) meal before bed at BBQ-UUSI. There is a lot of music – and worship twice a day, often led by one of the attending ministers.
I know the Fabulous Worship Team™ offered two great services in my absence. This coming Sunday, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, which happened at the end of June, 1969. Be sure to attend – and stay for the Salad Sunday potluck!
It’s good to be back!
Rev. Lori Hlaban