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flowers-2010-013-sMay is almost here, and it is time to think about the future. Are you up-to-date with your boundaries/ethics training? We have a seminar in May on Holding the Boundaries: Professional Ethics in Practice. We are also going to explore finding an interdisciplinary and collaborative learning approach towards integrating the language of spiritual care in Finding a Common Language. The May seminars bring a little bit for everyone, and we hope you will participate. There is even space available still in the April/May book group.

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running underwood sSince the on-line conference, Envisioning the Future of Spiritual Care, we have had an explosion of interest in the possibilities for distance learning like what we do at the Wayne Oates Institute. Pastoral care and spiritual care groups can see the future of providing cutting edge, competent training and development in ways that are both educationally stimulating, accessible, and at a reasonable cost. Truly, the sky is the limit!

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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 to join 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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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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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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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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