Latest from the Wayne Oates Institute
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
Save 20% on Oates Institute Membership
It is the annual open enrollment period for the Pastoral Care Group Membership 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 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, it is a limited time opportunity.
Membership is a key way to stay connected and to continue to learn. No one is born knowing everything and we all need to continue learning all our lives. The Oates Institute was founded on the premise that life-long learning is not just a pie-in-the-sky ideal but something that can and should be striven for. *(See note below.)
- Published: 14 November 2013
Winter Seminar Schedule Adjusted in Rescheduling Envisioning the Future of Spiritual Care
When we rescheduled the upcoming online conference, Envisioning the Future of Spiritual Care, for February 5-14, 2014, we also needed to adjust the schedule for the seminars that are planned for the winter months. The schedule has been revised and is now up to date on the site. One thing that we were able to do is provide another week between the holidays and the start of the January seminars, which will now be held January 13-31. The January book discussion group, which will be on Ira Byock's The Best Care Possible, will be January 27-31.
- Published: 13 November 2013
Register Now for January Seminars
January is a perfect month for taking advantage of online continuing education opportunities. Just settle in next to the fire and log in on your laptop to connect with colleagues around the world as part of one of the Oates Institute's online seminars. Seven seminars covering a variety of topics will be offered January 13-31. Each of these seminars provide participants with maximum schedule flexibility and 12 contact hours of approved continuing education credit in a social learning context.
During this month you may also take advantage of the Pastoral Care Group membership discount of 20% by becoming a member for $132 and registering for a seminar. Seminar registration is free for Oates Institute members.
- Published: 12 November 2013
Often a Great Teacher, Sometimes a Great Inconvenience
My cancer, the Weed as I call it, has been a great teacher over the past almost four years as I have explored pastoral and spiritual care firsthand from a patient perspective. It has provided deeper insights into who I am as a person, spouse, friend, and colleague. Insights into who I am as a creative, caregiver, and educator. It has also provided firsthand experience and insight into my own expectations regarding pastoral and spiritual care as well as our common quest for meaning and sense of belonging. It has made me aware of our opportunities for activating our spiritual resources for generating hope, energy, and attitude in living with a serious illness or injury.
- Published: 24 October 2013
Sign your congregation up to join our new Congregational Care Network!
In January, we plan to launch this cutting edge program, which is designed to help pastors address their church’s growing needs for congregational care. The Congregational Care Network provides foundational training for church members who want to help provide congregational care to those who are experiencing difficult circumstances in their life.
- Published: 23 October 2013