Latest from the Wayne Oates Institute
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
Christopher Hammon Passes May 18
Our friend, leader, and colleague, Christopher Hammon, slipped peacefully away in his home held by his loving wife, Annie, on Sunday afternoon, May 18. Chris fought the good fight and lived his way until the end. Our anticipatory grief of his impending death did not prepare us for our deep sense of loss.
The current plan for the memorial service is for May 31st at 2:00 EDT in the Fellowship Hall at Crescent Hill Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Annie says, "We will celebrate and memorialize as he wished ... [with] balloons, crayons, music, and stories. I told him that we would need space for tears, but his response was that if the stories were about him, we would have to laugh."
Annie added, "if you want to honor [Chris]'s name and legacy, his passion, The Wayne Oates Institute here in Louisville is a place to start."
On a mixed blessing note, Rick Underwood, D.Min, has been elected the new Executive Director of the Oates Institute. "I am honored to be elected the new Director and promise to provide leadership that will build on the solid foundation laid by Chris," says Underwood as he moves through the daunting task of providing leadership to the board and the Institute.
Please join us as we celebrate the life and witness of Christopher Hammon over the next few weeks.
- Published: 23 May 2014
Secondary Traumatic Stress in Nurses: A Chaplain’s Response
Death parted them after 40 years together. He pulled out in front of a pickup truck while she was reading a book in the passenger seat. Unfortunately it was not that quick.
They were admitted to the ICU together, eight beds apart. After a couple of days it was clear she would have to be withdrawn from care; she was not going to survive.
The nurses were trying to be sensitive. They tried to move him in a wheel chair to her side so he could be with her while she died, but his body was too unstable and he began to crash during the move.
With a suspicious amount of determination and a bit of creativity, the staff decided to move her bed down the unit and place her next to him. They fastened the two beds together side by side, making one large bed. The husband lay next to his wife in the bed, he held her hand, and he whispered to her while she passed away. One by one the nurses left that ICU bay crying.
- Published: 08 May 2014
Exciting Updates From The Acting Director
Tony Leonard has joined our team as a volunteer IT expert. Tony helped us successfully conduct the recent on-line conference, Envisioning the Future of Spiritual Care. He brings a ton of experience and will be able to help us take our offerings to the next level. If you are a former member or a former donor, please expect a call from one of our board members. We want to hear what you think about the Institute and how we can better serve your needs. Moreover, we will be asking you to reinvest.
Finally, we are grateful to all of you that have prayed for all of those involved in the Institute.
I hope we can create some exciting new distance learning experiences together.
- Published: 30 April 2014
Cliff Notes on Healthful Humor Vol. Four
Welcome back to Cliff Notes on Healthful Humor. Last time I shared how expressing gratitude to my mechanic gives me a happy heart as described in the Book of Proverbs. I focused on the benefits that I receive from practicing this healthful discipline. Now I'd like to share the other half of this gratitude interaction, namely the effect my thank you has on my mechanic.
- Published: 29 April 2014
May Seminars Are Now Open
May is almost here, and it is time to think about the future. Are you up-to-date with your boundaries/ethics training? We have a seminar in May on Holding the Boundaries: Professional Ethics in Practice. We are also going to explore finding an interdisciplinary and collaborative learning approach towards integrating the language of spiritual care in Finding a Common Language. The May seminars bring a little bit for everyone, and we hope you will participate. There is even space available still in the April/May book group.
- Published: 22 April 2014
An Audacious Hope? from the Acting Director, Rick Underwood
Since the on-line conference, Envisioning the Future of Spiritual Care, we have had an explosion of interest in the possibilities for distance learning like what we do at the Wayne Oates Institute. Pastoral care and spiritual care groups can see the future of providing cutting edge, competent training and development in ways that are both educationally stimulating, accessible, and at a reasonable cost. Truly, the sky is the limit!
- Published: 22 April 2014