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Butterfly-01sIt's a mad, wonderful celebration of lifelong learning and continuing education. The Board of Directors of the Oates Institute is getting serious about memberships. So, to welcome spring and the 20th Anniversary of the Oates Institute, they are offering a special for our members and friends.

First, members and friends are invited to renew or join the Oates Institute with a 20% reduction in membership. That is $33 off the regular rate of $165.00. However, and this is the really exciting thing, if members invite a friend to join (and they do so), members can get an additional year for 1/2 price (your membership has to be current to take advantage of the extra year). Invite your friend joins for the low rate of $132, and have them put your name in the "Special Instructions" section. We will send you a link to a very special discount page!

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Thomas Merton believed that living contemplatively was “the highest expression of a person’s spiritual life.”  Experience living contemplatively by resting in your quiet mind, recognizing the Sacred in all, and exploring the interconnectedness of creation.

The Oates Institute's Seminar, New Seeds for Contemplation, has been moved to May 5-23, the dates for May seminars, to allow our members the opportunity to drink deeply of this profound seminar.

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flowers-2010-013-sThe Wayne Oates Institute is alive and well! Your Board of Directors spent a half day discerning our future story in early March. We find ourselves remembering the words that Dr. Oates wrote in The Struggle to Be Free, “You and I either define our destiny, wander in aimlessness, or let others push us in one direction or another…God lets God’s intention for our destiny be known to us through both secular and sacred events that occur in our lives” (STBF).

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Some may have thought the on-line conference, Envisioning the Future of Spiritual Care would never happen. But it not only happened, it was a smashing success. Twelve outstanding presenters posted ten papers and led live discussions on topics affecting virtually every spiritual care practitioner.

It is a rare seminar, with or without CEU credit, that provides such a rich learning experience. Fortunately, the live presentations were recorded and will soon be posted. The papers and presentations are still posted.

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March is here, finally, heralding tidings of spring for the northern hemisphere, and fall in the southern. It is also the month we will be presenting our online conference, Envisioning the Future of Spiritual Care, March 18-27, 2014. We have decided to offer a few classes this month, for those that may not be participating in the online conference. We are also adding three classes to April to compensate for missing a complete roster here in March. These seminars will start on March 11, a Tuesday, to allow staff to get the seminars ready on Monday, and finish on March 31.

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flowers-2010-012-sYou may now register for April seminars online. Finally, many of us welcome April as the start of spring, a harbiger of the return of the life to earth with fresh growing buds blossoming into their spring splendor. (For our friends in Australia and the southern hemisphere, it tides fall, and hopefully a cooler climate.) It is also the month Christians will celebrate the final week of Jesus life, including death and then resurrection on Easter. Passover, the great Jewish festival celebrating freedom from slavery, will also be this month.

So, we welcome April as a month filled with religious meaning and mystery. We have prepared a small slate of seminars due to the busyness of the month, but we hope you will find these them helpful.

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We are very excited to announce the rescheduling of our on-line conference: Envisioning the Future of Spiritual Care to March 18–27, 2014.

The conference includes presentations (both written and video) that will be featured during the conference. Ten outstanding and thoughtful leaders will offer provocative and informative presentations that will allow you to interact with them. We are still working on the complete conference schedule, but we are able to announce the following with regard to leadership discussions:

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