Latest from the Wayne Oates Institute
How do YOU care for troublesome people?
Do 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.
- Published: 30 June 2014
Oops! A Mistake
Oops! We made a mistake.
Last week, in our haste to get 700 fliers created, printed, and shipped to the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) office for their annual conference, we made a huge mistake in misspelling the most important word on the flier. The flier was reviewed by our staff, program committee and myself. A note for the future to all interested persons: chaplain is spelled with an "i".
- Published: 25 June 2014
Annual APC Conference Memberships
Celebrate the Association of Professional Chaplains
This week we celebrate with the Association of Professional Chaplains as they meet for their annual conference, June 18–22, 2014. The conference is titled Re:Imagine: the Art and Business of Professional Chaplaincy.
Many of our members are attending, notably Trish Matthews, one of our program committee members; Marcia Marino (treasurer for APC); and Ronald Oliver (board of directors), a former board member of the Oates Institute. Several of the presenters are members or former members as well. We hope the conference allows folks to continue some of the discussions begun last year at the APC conference on the future and continued during our online conference this past March on Envisioning the Future of Spiritual Care.
- Published: 16 June 2014
Cliff Notes on Healthful Humor Vol. Five
Now, I'd like to encourage you to practice a second technique that will also nourish your happy heart.
- Published: 09 June 2014
Memorial Celebration-May 31, 2014
Saturday, May 31, friends and family celebrated the life and witness of Christopher Hammon in a service he and Annie, his wife, planned. It was a time for tears, for laughter, and for remembering a life well-lived.
Chris was a loving and passionate person who lived life with all the vigor he could summon, enjoying friends, family, and co-workers as he worked out his ministry of care with the Oates Institute and with his Drew students.
- Published: 06 June 2014
July Seminars Are Now Open
July seminars offer a real balance for Oates Institute Members and friends. Are you looking for class on boundaries and ethics, we have that. Or you can explore How to Care for Troublesome People or Exploring the Gifts of Imperfection. We are offering five seminars in July AND continuing our popular book studies with a book study on Peter Steinke's Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times (dates to be arranged).
- Published: 06 June 2014
A New Beginning for Oates Institute
Ancient wisdom tells us that unless we have a vision we will perish. A compelling vision draws us toward a shared future story. What will it be for the Oates Institute?
As I begin my journey as Director of the Oates Institute, the number one challenge is to facilitate the creation of a shared vision we can embrace, get excited about, and work together to realize. We need your help. We want you to be involved in this process.
- Published: 04 June 2014
Oates Institute Celebrates Members
Join Now and Celebrate
While we are in the midst of a kairos time for the Oates Institute, and still grieving the passing of Chris Hammon, life continues. And we are also continuing to press forward. We press forward through our fears and doubts, and we press forward through our sorrow and grief.
We invite you to celebrate the accomplishments of the Oates Institute and of its members by renewing your commitment to lifelong learning. Join or Renew your membership today, and continue to enjoy the fruits of this well watered tree. Drink deeply at the streams of insight and knowledge that are at the root of our work here. Wayne Oates and Christopher Hammon believed that lifelong learning was a critical aspect of being renewed and refreshed for the tasks in front of us.
- Published: 29 May 2014