Latest from the Wayne Oates Institute
Cliff Notes on Healthful Humor Vol. Six
Welcome back to Cliff Notes on Healthful Humor. Last time I encouraged you to practice the healthful humor discipline of paying full attention. We alluded to the positive benefits we can derive from such focus. Now I'd like to point out what's in it for those on the receiving end of your undivided attention.
Have you noticed how rarely people get the feeling that they are being heard these days?
- Published: 01 August 2014
Creating a Future Story
What do stories of struggle, hard to get along with folks, longevity, past and future and spiritual care have to do with one another? It's all happening at the Oates Institute in August and we hope you will join us. We DO have something new, the opportunity for a live discussion with the board and director of Oates Institute. For now, the discussion is limited to current members (a reminder to many of you that you may want to renew that subscription!).
We are also having some seminars in August to follow up on some of the extraordinary discussions that have gone on in the July seminars.
- Published: 30 July 2014
How do YOU care for troublesome people?
Do you have a back-biting person that is really making your life miserable? Or perhaps a diva that you are always walking over eggshells around? Have you ever struggled with an authoritarian person who just won't let go?
We all encounter people that we find to be troublesome in our work and daily lives. Whether it is in our departments, congregations, or among the patients and families we seek to serve. You know the people we are talking about: the ones that go behind your back, that over exercise their authority, that seek to divide, that become overly dependent, and the prima donas that must be cared for delicately.
- Published: 30 June 2014
Oops! A Mistake
Oops! We made a mistake.
Last week, in our haste to get 700 fliers created, printed, and shipped to the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) office for their annual conference, we made a huge mistake in misspelling the most important word on the flier. The flier was reviewed by our staff, program committee and myself. A note for the future to all interested persons: chaplain is spelled with an "i".
- Published: 25 June 2014
Annual APC Conference Memberships
Celebrate the Association of Professional Chaplains
This week we celebrate with the Association of Professional Chaplains as they meet for their annual conference, June 18–22, 2014. The conference is titled Re:Imagine: the Art and Business of Professional Chaplaincy.
Many of our members are attending, notably Trish Matthews, one of our program committee members; Marcia Marino (treasurer for APC); and Ronald Oliver (board of directors), a former board member of the Oates Institute. Several of the presenters are members or former members as well. We hope the conference allows folks to continue some of the discussions begun last year at the APC conference on the future and continued during our online conference this past March on Envisioning the Future of Spiritual Care.
- Published: 16 June 2014
Cliff Notes on Healthful Humor Vol. Five
Now, I'd like to encourage you to practice a second technique that will also nourish your happy heart.
- Published: 09 June 2014
Memorial Celebration-May 31, 2014
Saturday, May 31, friends and family celebrated the life and witness of Christopher Hammon in a service he and Annie, his wife, planned. It was a time for tears, for laughter, and for remembering a life well-lived.
Chris was a loving and passionate person who lived life with all the vigor he could summon, enjoying friends, family, and co-workers as he worked out his ministry of care with the Oates Institute and with his Drew students.
- Published: 06 June 2014
July Seminars Are Now Open
July seminars offer a real balance for Oates Institute Members and friends. Are you looking for class on boundaries and ethics, we have that. Or you can explore How to Care for Troublesome People or Exploring the Gifts of Imperfection. We are offering five seminars in July AND continuing our popular book studies with a book study on Peter Steinke's Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times (dates to be arranged).
- Published: 06 June 2014