Latest from the Wayne Oates Institute
Final Days to Register for October Seminars
The deadline to register for an October seminar is Wednesday, October 2, TOMORROW. Four three-week seminars are offered, all starting on Monday, October 7. Also in October we are introducing a new one-week online book discussion group that will meet during the week of October 21-15. And we are providing a free Pre-Conference workshop on October 15-16 in preparation for the November online conference on Envisioning the Future of Spiritual Care. It is a month full of exciting opportunities and possibilities.
- Published: 26 September 2013
When Religion Gets Sick Seminar in October
"Sick religion" is defined by Dr. Wayne Oates in his book, When Religion Gets Sick, as religion that "hinders the basic functions of life." The Oates Institute is offering a three-week online seminar October 3-21 to address questions such as: When does religion get sick? What kinds of experiences result from sick religion? How can spiritual caregivers help people who have such experiences? Through a social learning approach that allows participants the opportunity to engage as it is convenient to their schedules, the group will review several chapters from Wayne Oates' book and reflect on the meaning and consequences of "sick religion" in light of their own experience and context. When Religion Gets Sick is one of five online seminars that will be offered in October.
- Published: 17 September 2013
Ron Oliver and Malcolm Marler Among Fall Conference Presenters
Join us in November for this year's online conference . . .
As we bring together presenters and participants from around the world to join in conversation around the future for pastoral and spiritual care. Our goal is to share what we see and describe what we hope to create. Ron Oliver, Ph.D., System Vice President for Norton Health Care in Louisville, and Malcolm Marler, D.Min., Director of Pastoral Care for University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital in Birmingham, are two of the 17 presenters will be participating in this online conference. Dr. Oliver's topic is "The Future Isn’t What it Used to Be: Ten Essentials for Healthcare Chaplains." Dr. Marler's topic is "The Support Team Network: A Community Support Team Model for Persons with any Healthcare Need."
- Published: 16 September 2013
October Book Group: The Search to Belong
For many of us, the search to belong has become as meaningful, if not more so, than the search for meaning. In an age when many people are asking where they belong and find meaning, these searchers are redefining the rules of belonging. They are redefining who is family, who is neighbor, and who is part of their community. They are searching for meaningful forms of belonging, family, and community. In his book, The Search to Belong: Rethinking Intimacy, Community, and Small Groups, Joseph Myers helps congregational leaders and others to discern key ingredients that people look for in community and to develop new understandings of how the use of space serves as a key element for experiencing belonging and community. Join us October 21-25 for a discussion of this book.
- Published: 16 September 2013
Seminar on the Spirituality of the Ghost Story in October
Ghost stories are not only appropriate for Halloween season but also for much in terms of spiritual questions. What is a ghost? What is the paranormal and how does it jibe with our theology and spirituality? Questions of good and evil arise, will the evil you do come back to “haunt” you (i.e., paying for sins you commit even if you think the witnesses are all gone); what is life after death and what is its format? What happens when the unknown penetrates ordinary life situations? What does that mean? Ghost stories are often morality tales and are ways of expressing spiritual and ethical ideas. This October study is an avenue for the exploration of a particular kind of fiction to examine beliefs, folklore, traditions and spiritualities around the supernatural and how the world of the unknown can brush day-to-day lives and shake them up.
- Published: 15 September 2013
Integrating Spirituality and Health Seminar in October
Whether we are talking about preventive, accute, or palliative care, how we look at integrating mind, body, and spirit is a significant part of the ongoing conversation regarding future health care. As society recognizes our opportunities to overcome the fragmentation of care for the body, mind, and spirit, the benefits of integrating spirituality become significant. Integrating Spirituality and Health is a 12 contact hour seminar addressing this topic with a series of presentations and peer group conversation.
- Published: 12 September 2013
October Seminar features The Sweet By and By
The Fiction, Spirituality, and Holistic Care seminar with Dr. Gail Henson is being offered again October 7-25. This seminar features the novel, The Sweet By and By. In this novel Todd Johnson shares with us the lives of five very different Southern women who unexpectedly connect in the context of a nursing home. As their stories unfold and the relationships deepen, the power of love and friendship emerges as a reflection of the tremendous impact our lives can have upon one another. In the midst of the stories, seminar participants will look at issues around holistic care and aging. It is fictional, but it is a great case study.
- Published: 12 September 2013
Make Your Oates Award Reservations Now
The Rev. Dr. Georgine Buckwalter, chaplain at the Episcopal Church Home in Louisville, has been named as the recipient of the 2013 Wayne Oates Award and will be speaking at this year's Oates Award Banquet. Make your reservations for the banquet and award presentation now. The Award Banquet, cosponsored by the Wayne Oates Institute and Long Run Baptist Association, will be on October 3, at 6 pm, at Broadway Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Buckwalter's presentation in receiving the award will be "Boomers: Aging and Pastoral Care."
- Published: 09 September 2013