Latest from the Wayne Oates Institute
Winter/Pastoral Care Group Membership Offer
Here in the Northern Hemisphere on this terrestrial ball, winter is fast approaching. We are also approaching year end, and hope that for many of you plans are being made for continuing to be a part of the Oates Institute. This is the annual open enrollment period for the Pastoral Care Group Membership (and for our winter special) that enables anyone to sign up for a year of membership at a 20% discount. That is a membership for $132 instead of $165. The primary benefits of a clinical membership are free seminar registration and a major discount on registration for Envisioning the Future of Spiritual Care, our online conference. To take advantage of this opportunity, sign up now as this is a limited time opportunity.
- Published: 06 December 2013
Hope Seminar Trilogy Offered During Winter-Spring 2014
- Published: 26 November 2013
Contribution Provides Scholarships for the Introduction to Congregational Care Seminar
The Oates Institute wants to put something special
in your Thanksgiving cornucopia this year….
We are very excited to announce a special offer for those interested in joining the new Congregational Care Network. The first 50 participants who register for the initial seminar, “Introduction to Congregational Care: A Ministry of Listening” will receive a $65 discount made possible by a generous contribution! The standard tuition fee is $90. For the first 50 people registering to take this seminar in January or February, the tuition fee will be reduced to just $25! This offer is made possible by a generous donation and won't last long.
- Published: 26 November 2013
Palliative Care Seminar Added Back into January Schedule
Chris Hammon's seminar on Breaking the Myths: Spirituality and Palliative Care has been added back into the January schedule and will be offered January 13-31. 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. While the presenter continues to explore this topic both as a pastoral educator and as a palliative care patient, participants will be invited to engage in conversation around how this field is changing and the opportunities for spiritual care.
- Published: 25 November 2013
Support the Oates Institute by Shopping at Amazon
Did you know that by going to Amazon.com through the Oates Institute that Amazon will send as much as 6% of what you spend there to the Oates Institute? It's true. This holiday shopping season support the Oates Institute by taking the extra moment to go to Amazon through the Oates Institute. It's easy. Just go to oates.org and then click on the banner on the right that looks like this:
- Published: 24 November 2013
Can You Hear The People Speak?
Recently, I was talking to an elderly member of our church, who is in an extended care facility. She is a long-term member of the small congregation that I pastor. After talking for a while, out of the blue she said, “Pastor, I know you are listening to me but are you really hearing what I am saying?” Much to my dismay, I realized that she was right. I had ten things on my mind that I needed to do: places to go, a sermon to write, phone calls to return, the church’s Facebook page to update, etc., etc. Then she continued, “All people seem to want to do in here is talk, but there is no one who is willing to really listen”.
- Published: 21 November 2013
Georgine Buckwalter Oates Award Address Added to the Library
The Rev. Dr. Georgine Buckwalter's 2013 Oates Award address on "Boomers: Aging and Pastoral Care" is now available for viewing in the Center for Oates Studies (the Library). The address was presented at this year's Oates Award Banquet on October 3, co-sponsored by the Wayne Oates Institute and Long Run Baptist Association. Dr. Buckwalter, who is retiring this year as the chaplain at the Episcopal Church Home in Louisville, addressed a number of critical issues in this fireside chat. The addition of this resource to the library was made possible by Friends of the Library.
- Published: 19 November 2013
Pre-Conference How-to Workshop Rescheduled for January 21-22
In anticipation of Envisioning the Future of Spiritual Care February 5-14, the Oates Institute will be hosting a free Pre-Conference How-to Workshop that will be open to everyone January 21-22. This will be a nuts and bolts, how-to-do-it workshop that will introduce the various tools and platforms we are using for the conference. It is a workshop that will allow you to try everything out to see how it works and whether it works on your computer.
- Published: 15 November 2013