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Annual APC Conference Memberships
Celebrate the Association of Professional Chaplains
This week we celebrate with the Association of Professional Chaplains as they meet for their annual conference, June 18–22, 2014. The conference is titled Re:Imagine: the Art and Business of Professional Chaplaincy.
Many of our members are attending, notably Trish Matthews, one of our program committee members; Marcia Marino (treasurer for APC); and Ronald Oliver (board of directors), a former board member of the Oates Institute. Several of the presenters are members or former members as well. We hope the conference allows folks to continue some of the discussions begun last year at the APC conference on the future and continued during our online conference this past March on Envisioning the Future of Spiritual Care.
- Published: 16 June 2014
Cliff Notes on Healthful Humor Vol. Five
Now, I'd like to encourage you to practice a second technique that will also nourish your happy heart.
- Published: 09 June 2014
Memorial Celebration-May 31, 2014
Saturday, May 31, friends and family celebrated the life and witness of Christopher Hammon in a service he and Annie, his wife, planned. It was a time for tears, for laughter, and for remembering a life well-lived.
Chris was a loving and passionate person who lived life with all the vigor he could summon, enjoying friends, family, and co-workers as he worked out his ministry of care with the Oates Institute and with his Drew students.
- Published: 06 June 2014
July Seminars Are Now Open
July seminars offer a real balance for Oates Institute Members and friends. Are you looking for class on boundaries and ethics, we have that. Or you can explore How to Care for Troublesome People or Exploring the Gifts of Imperfection. We are offering five seminars in July AND continuing our popular book studies with a book study on Peter Steinke's Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times (dates to be arranged).
- Published: 06 June 2014
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