bookgroups-90The Program Committee is pleased to announce plans for holding one-week discussions around selected books as part of the Clinical programming for this coming year. The group has been exploring options for providing continuing education opportunities that involve less of a time commitment than the Institute's three-week online seminars. What excited them was the prospect of using the same reflective learning approach but having the discussions last only one week. This series will start in October with a discussion around Joseph Myers book, The Search to Belong: Rethinking Intimacy, Community, and Small Groups, facilitated by the Rev. Dr. Anne Walker Sims.

participateThe book group discussions will use email discussion groups in the same way as the online seminars, however, they will only be one week in duration. As we have opportunity, we will hope to add a one-hour live discussion with the authors as part of the week's discussion. The book group discussions will provide 4-6 contact hours of continuing education credit for pastors, chaplains, counselors, social workers, and nurses. Registration will be free for Oates Institute members. The actual dates are still being arranged.

Other books to be discussed during the year will include:

  • January — God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine by Victoria Sweet, MD
  • February — The Best Possible Care by Ira Byock
  • March — Bodies in Motion and at Rest:  Metaphor and Mortality by Thomas Lynch
  • May — Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times by Peter Steinke
  • June — The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human by Jonathan Gottschall

All of these books may be ordered through the Bookstore at Oates.Org, the Oates Institute's Amazon Affiliate (when the books or anything else is ordered through our Amazon affiliate bookstore, Amazon makes a contribution to the Oates Institute to further our programming). To order these books, look for Book Groups in the bookstore, or click here.