Latest from the Wayne Oates Institute
Take Advantage of the Online Conference
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.
- Published: 01 April 2014
April Seminars Now Open for Registration
You 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.
- Published: 01 April 2014
Register Now for March 2014 Seminars
March is here, finally, heralding tidings of spring for the northern hemisphere, and fall in the southern. It is also the month we will be presenting our online conference, Envisioning the Future of Spiritual Care, March 18-27, 2014. We have decided to offer a few classes this month, for those that may not be participating in the online conference. We are also adding three classes to April to compensate for missing a complete roster here in March. These seminars will start on March 11, a Tuesday, to allow staff to get the seminars ready on Monday, and finish on March 31.
- Published: 01 March 2014
Envisioning the Future of Spiritual Care--March 18-27, 2014
We are very excited to announce the rescheduling of our on-line conference: Envisioning the Future of Spiritual Care to March 18–27, 2014.
The conference includes presentations (both written and video) that will be featured during the conference. Ten outstanding and thoughtful leaders will offer provocative and informative presentations that will allow you to interact with them. We are still working on the complete conference schedule, but we are able to announce the following with regard to leadership discussions:
- Published: 28 February 2014
What Will the Future Story of the Wayne Oates Institute Look Like?
This is the question that the Oates Institute Board will be discussing this Saturday in our planning retreat. Our Executive Director Chris Hammon has been asking us to answer this question for years. In his honor, it is time to create a compelling vision that we can all embrace.
Did you notice, I said “we all”?
Chris has carried the vision for the Institute and done an outstanding job! But now it is time to collaboratively answer the question: what do we want the Wayne Oates Institute to look like in one year? Five years? Beyond?
- Published: 27 February 2014
Update from the Acting Director
The phrase "Life happens" has taken on new meaning around the Oates Institute in the last few days. Chris Hammon, our Executive Director, has taken a medical leave because of his battle with cancer, Michael Purintun has stepped up to learn programs and applications, our website was hacked, the board decided to postpone the online conference, the board has instituted an emergency leadership plan, I was asked to serve as acting director, and the weather continues to be unseasonably cold.
- Published: 14 February 2014
Cliff Notes on Healthful Humor Vol. Two
Welcome back to Cliff Notes on Healthful Humor.
Today I want to alert you to the single greatest stumbling block that keeps us from drawing on humor's full array of benefits for ourselves and those we care about—we think we have to be laughing to capture and enjoy humor's benefits.
We've all heard the phrase "Laughter is good medicine." Usually, it refers to a verse from the Bible, Proverbs 17:22.
- Published: 11 February 2014
News from the Board of Directors of the Oates Institute
Oates Institute Executive Director on Medical Leave
February Online Conference Postponed
Dr. Chris Hammon, the Executive Director of the Wayne E. Oates Institute, is on medical leave because of the progress of his cancer. Chris is now in hospice care. The Board of Directors asks for your prayers for Chris, his wife Annie, and for all of us who love them both.
During the time that Chris is on medical leave, Dr. Rick Underwood, D.Min., M.Div., and current Chair of the Board, will serve as Acting Director. Dr. Underwood is the managing partner and operator of Next Level Institute and is a business performance coach.
- Published: 03 February 2014