Registration Open for July Seminars
Our seminar schedule slows during the summer but we have a group of exciting seminars coming up in July. One of the new seminars offered will use Elie Wiesel's book, Open Heart, to explore the healing journey of heart patients and families. And this summer's Nurturing Silence and Sabbath seminar will focus on the Practice of Saying No using the Barbara Brown Taylor book by that title. Another seminar looks at pastoral and spiritual care for a society living longer and two other pick up on two significant book from Wayne Oates. July seminars will run July 8-26, and each offers 12 contact hours of continuing education credit for chaplains, counselors, social workers, and pastors. It is a great time and opportunity to participate in continuing education from wherever you are according to your schedule.
Spring Discount on Clinical Membership
Membership plus conference for only $179
Budgets are tight everywhere right now. At the same time, the challenges of adapting the roles of pastoral and spiritual caregivers to the new reality are doing anything but slowing down. With those challenges comes the need and the opportunity for continuous education. Caregivers must learn new ways to adapt to new possibilities and expectations.
We at the Oates Institute would like to help by offering a discount on Clinical Memberships for the next month. Instead of paying $165 for all the seminars you want to take (seminar registration is free for members), you only pay $140, a 15% discount!
For a better deal, combine your membership and the early bird registration for the upcoming Envisioning the Future of Spiritual Care conference in November. Instead of paying $120 to register for the conference as a non-member, pay only $179 for the conference and a year of membership in the learning community of the Oates Institute.
Popular Seminar Adds a Part Two
The popluar seminar, Exploring Family Systems through Friedman's Fables, has added a Part Two to further explore family systems dynamics through three more of Edwin Friedman's famous fables. Exploring Family Systems through Friedman's Fables, first offered last spring and again this year, features Dr. Friedman’s storytelling ability first noted in Generation to Generation, which is about Bowen family systems. That ability comes alive in the book Friedman’s Fables. This second class in exploring Friedman's Fables features three different stories and different issues in family relationships, each dealing with dilemmas and each providing fresh perspectives on familiar human foibles that go beyond the family. Participation in the first class is not required. But registration by May 1 is.
Just $2K More Until We Reach the Building Fund Goal
You are needed to help us fund this new facility through the contribution of bricks and the naming of the special collections
We are almost there. We have just $2,000 more to go before we reach our $30,000 Building Fund goal for the new Vicki Hollon Center for Oates Studies. Now we just need a few people to push us on over the top with the contribution of a few more bricks, foundation stones, or cornerstones. The Building Fund is to enable us to build this new virtual library that is crucial to expanding our programming to serve both Clinical and Congregational Members. Please consider helping us celebrate the Oates Institute's 20th Anniversary year by contributing brick.
Final Days to Register for May Seminars
We are at the end of April with May just a couple of days away. We have an exciting group of seminars coming up May 6-24 with topics ranging from palliative care to to providing care for bereaved parents to exploring family systems in a second set of fables from Edwin Friedman. Each of these seminars offer 12 contact hours of continuing education credit for chaplains, counselors, social workers, and pastors while also providing the opportunity to participate from wherever you are according to your schedule. But you need to register now for May seminars; the deadline is Wednesday, May 1.
May seminars include:
Explore Issues of Ecology, Water, and Suicide in a May Reading Seminar
In About A Mountain, John d' Agata shares his observations, experience and conclusions based upon time living in Las Vegas with his mother. Key issues that provide material for group reflection and discussion are the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Respository (now a non-issue after many years of work and wrangling from Nevadans who didn't want in their back yard what no one else did), the very high comparative rate of suicide in Las Vegas, and Las Vegas as a microcosm that, in some ways, may be symbolic of the nation. Ecology, suicide, water, and the desert (and more!) all resonate in this study. The seminar, Reading as a Pathway to the Spirit, presented by Jan Olandese will run from May 6-24.
We Are Making Progress
Progress! We are making great progress with getting names entered into the online database. If you are a member of the Oates Institute, you most likely have received an email message from us in the past week with your membership information. It is because of the database transfer. Just a reminder, please do review the various emails and watch (in particular) for errors in email, user name, or password. We have all the 2013 renewals in (as of today, Tuesday), and hope to complete work on January through March of 2014 by Wednesday, April 24. If you login, you will find that you can make some changes to your profile, and upload a photo. Be careful with that as your user name and password on the main system still do not control the classroom environment. (So if you change it one place, it is not automatically changed in the other.) We hope to work on that later in the year.