Latest from the Wayne Oates Institute
Two New Seminars Being Offered in July
Among the seminars on the schedule for July are two seminars being offered for the first time. Open Heart: Through the Eyes of a Heart Patient explores what might we learn about living life and providing pastoral and spiritual care to heart patients and their families by listening closely to the experience of one. In The Practice of Saying No, beloved author and preacher Barbara Brown Taylor reflects on the meaning of keeping the Sabbath: saying no to work and doing to celebrate instead stopping, resting on the porch, and taking the time to recognize our interconnectedness.
- Published: 05 June 2013
Schedule Change for July Seminars
We are adding a seminar and rescheduling a seminar on the July list for Clinical members. We are adding an outstanding seminar on Educating Families on Death and Dying, which is a very practical approach to developing programs for helping families understand how to best care for loved ones who are dying. We are postponing the seminar on Pastoral and Spiritual Care for a Society Living Longer until September.
- Published: 03 June 2013
Wanted: Participants to Help Us Test a Seminar
We have our group, but we are still accepting stand-by registrations.
We are looking for twelve congregational members (from a variety of settings) to help us field test two new online seminars on the Introduction to Congregational Care. The first seminar will be offered from July 8 through August 2, 2013. These are a new type of seminar for the Oates Institute that have been developed for the non-professional caregiver. They are for congregational members who seek to be better prepared to help with pastoral care ministries within their congregations. The seminars are part of the new Congregational Care Network that we are developing. We are looking for twelve people who would like to take these seminars out for a test drive and provide us with feedback.
- Published: 22 May 2013
Registration Open for July Seminars
Our seminar schedule slows during the summer but we have a group of exciting seminars coming up in July. One of the new seminars offered will use Elie Wiesel's book, Open Heart, to explore the healing journey of heart patients and families. And this summer's Nurturing Silence and Sabbath seminar will focus on the Practice of Saying No using the Barbara Brown Taylor book by that title. Another seminar looks at pastoral and spiritual care for a society living longer and two others pick up on two significant book from Wayne Oates. July seminars will run July 8-26, 2013, and each offers 12 contact hours of continuing education credit for chaplains, counselors, social workers, and pastors. It is a great time and opportunity to participate in continuing education from wherever you are according to your schedule.
- Published: 14 May 2013
Spring Discount on Clinical Membership
Membership plus conference for only $179
Budgets are tight everywhere right now. At the same time, the challenges of adapting the roles of pastoral and spiritual caregivers to the new reality are doing anything but slowing down. With those challenges comes the need and the opportunity for continuous education. Caregivers must learn new ways to adapt to new possibilities and expectations.
We at the Oates Institute would like to help by offering a discount on Clinical Memberships for the next month. Instead of paying $165 for all the seminars you want to take (seminar registration is free for members), you only pay $140, a 15% discount!
For a better deal, combine your membership and the early bird registration for the upcoming Envisioning the Future of Spiritual Care conference in November. Instead of paying $120 to register for the conference as a non-member, pay only $179 for the conference and a year of membership in the learning community of the Oates Institute.
- Published: 29 April 2013
Popular Seminar Adds a Part Two
The popluar seminar, Exploring Family Systems through Friedman's Fables, has added a Part Two to further explore family systems dynamics through three more of Edwin Friedman's famous fables. Exploring Family Systems through Friedman's Fables, first offered last spring and again this year, features Dr. Friedman’s storytelling ability first noted in Generation to Generation, which is about Bowen family systems. That ability comes alive in the book Friedman’s Fables. This second class in exploring Friedman's Fables features three different stories and different issues in family relationships, each dealing with dilemmas and each providing fresh perspectives on familiar human foibles that go beyond the family. Participation in the first class is not required. But registration by May 1 is.
- Published: 29 April 2013
Just $2K More Until We Reach the Building Fund Goal
You are needed to help us fund this new facility through the contribution of bricks and the naming of the special collections
We are almost there. We have just $2,000 more to go before we reach our $30,000 Building Fund goal for the new Vicki Hollon Center for Oates Studies. Now we just need a few people to push us on over the top with the contribution of a few more bricks, foundation stones, or cornerstones. The Building Fund is to enable us to build this new virtual library that is crucial to expanding our programming to serve both Clinical and Congregational Members. Please consider helping us celebrate the Oates Institute's 20th Anniversary year by contributing brick.
- Published: 28 April 2013
Final Days to Register for May Seminars
We are at the end of April with May just a couple of days away. We have an exciting group of seminars coming up May 6-24 with topics ranging from palliative care to to providing care for bereaved parents to exploring family systems in a second set of fables from Edwin Friedman. Each of these seminars offer 12 contact hours of continuing education credit for chaplains, counselors, social workers, and pastors while also providing the opportunity to participate from wherever you are according to your schedule. But you need to register now for May seminars; the deadline is Wednesday, May 1.
May seminars include:
- Published: 27 April 2013