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fall-leaves-03October seminars at the Oates Institute offer a great breadth for our members, friends, and guests. We have seminars exploring fiction and spirituality to those exploring various aspects of grief, and how to work with people dealing with end of life issues. We will also explore what to do when religion itself gets sick. While Wayne Oates wrote his classic many years ago, the analysis and questions he raises apply to us today. We are also bringing back some of our more popular seminars, Fiction, Spirituality, and Holistic Care at the End of Life and Salve to the Soul. Join us!

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fall-leaves-02September seminars offer members, friends, and new-comers an opportunity to explore some deep issues: caring for bereaved parents, nurturing silence and sabbath, working on inviting God into our own grief and pain, and exploring the issues around palliative care. While we realize that notice for these seminars is short, we hope you agree that they are among the most throught-provoking that we offer. 

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fall-leaves-01The seminar Breaking the Myths: Spirituality and Palliative Care, created by former Executive Director Christopher Hammon, has been added to the September schedule and will be offered September 8-26, 2014. Persons facing serious, chronic illnesses seek relief: relief from pain and suffering; relief from fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite and shortness of breath; relief from fear and anxiety. They often find themselves soul searching and striving to find meaning even as they carry on with everyday life. They and their caregivers desire a better understanding of the choices available in the realms of medical treatment and spiritual care that will allow them to pursue a quality of life. This is what palliative care offers to patients and families. Participants will be invited to engage in conversation around how this field is changing and the opportunities for spiritual care.

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bereaved-parentAfter the Newtown and Aurora shootings, the bombing of the Boston Marathon, and the daily litany of terrible violence, many of us are reflecting on what we say to parents whose child has died. How do caregivers provide care in an almost unspeakable situation? Perhaps we are ready to talk with grieving children, or spouses, but parents are not supposed to survive their children. The fact is that many do and it is a difficult and terrible grief to endure.

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fireworks-02-90We are continuing our 'summer' membership special

Our executive director, Rick Underwood, notes that "for just $140 you can enjoy new and more diverse seminars with some new twists that we think you will like." He is also inviting members (new and old) to join the Oates board and him in a live Adobe Connect meeting August 19, 2014, at 6pm EDT (US) to hear about and discuss the future of the Oates Institute.

 

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running underwood sCould you use a $100 gift certificate to Staples or Office Depot?

Would you like to be a part of something special?

Would you like to meet the Oates Institute Board of Directors and the Executive Director for a live discussion?

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Care of Troublesome PeopleDo 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.

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