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Register Now for January Seminars
by Chris Hammon - Friday, 15 November 2013, 10:13 AM
 

fire-verticalJanuary 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.

January opportunities include:

sweetbyandby-buttonFiction, Spirituality, and Holistic Care —This seminar features the novel, The Sweet By and By, in which Todd Johnson shares with us the lives of five very different Southern women who unexpectedly connect in the context of a nursing home. 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. (more...)

hope-bHope as a Dynamic for Healing addresses the role that the dynamic of hope plays in one's healing and overall health and wellbeing, which continues to take on more meaning as healthcare approaches become more integrated and holistic. (more...)

Da Vinci Vitruve Luc Viatour-butHuman Values and Health Care — As we provide care for persons who are aged, impaired, or institutionalized and members of their families, how do we address the issues of Personal Autonomy, Informed Consent, Human Dignity, Futile Treatment, and Intervention? (more...)

ptb-ripplesThe Power to Bless The Power to Bless is one of the Oates Institute's most popular seminars. One participant described it as "Awesome!" Others have talked about it as life changing and ministry changing. This is a seminar that explores both the presence and absence of blessing in our lives. It reflects on blessing the next generation and the return of the blessing to the prior generation. (more...)

good-ideaThriving in the Whirlwind: Lifelong Learning for Effective Ministry Whether one is navigating through new stages of one's ministry career or adapting to cultural change, lifelong learning is a critical part of the process. This seminar will feature three presentations that will address why lifelong learning is a concern, lifelong learning as a spiritual discipline, and emerging opportunities for lifelong learning. (more...)

wrgs-bookWhen Religion Gets Sick — "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? (more...)

book-cov-byock-butJanuary Book Group: The Best Possible Care (January 27-31) — Dr. Ira Byock, one of the foremost palliative-care physicians in the country, argues that end-of-life care is among the biggest national crises facing us today. In addressing the crisis, politics has trumped reason. Dr. Byock explains that to ensure the best possible care for those we love-and eventually ourselves- we must not only remake our healthcare system, we must also move past our cultural aversion to talking about death and acknowledge the fact of mortality once and for all. (more...)

how-to-buttonPre-Conference Workshop: How to Get the Most Out of the Online Conference 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. (more...)

January seminars run January 13-31. They offer 12 contact hours of continuing eduction credit and they are free for Oates Institute members (and only $35–90 per seminar for non-members).

Participants are invited to join in small group peer-to-peer learning as they engage in conversation around presented resources combined with the opportunity to reflect on and share, out of their experience. By using email discussion groups and online classrooms, participants may engage in the seminars as it is convenient to their schedules. Registration is free for Oates Institute Clinical members and $90 for non-members. Registration for each seminar is limited to 12 participants. The registration deadline is Wednesday, October 2. Seminars may be postponed or cancelled if there are insufficient registrations.

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Chris Hammon
Final Days to Register for September Seminars
by Chris Hammon - Monday, 2 September 2013, 01:51 AM
 

flowers-2010-011-sThe registration deadline for September seminars is less than a week away. The deadline is next Wednesday, September 4. The Oates Institute has an exciting line up of seminars for September. A significant emerging concern is being addressed in When Perspectives Collide: Spiritual Care and Health Care for Quality of Life. It picks up some of the questions we face with a larger aging population. How do we measure the quality of one's life: through a quantity of days and years? Through Activity? There are just a few places open in this seminar.

The other seminars that still have space include the following: One explores ways to provide pastoral care to those who have suffered the loss of a child. Another speaks to the practical ethical boundaries for caregivers. A third seminar, Pastoral Care with Workaholics, based on Wayne Oates book of the same title, will be postponed. September seminars run September 9–27. They offer 12 contact hours of continuing eduction credit and they are free for Oates Institute members (and only $90 per seminar for non-members).

September seminars will include:

facesHolding the Boundaries: Professional Ethics in Practice—The issues of dual relationships and the intimacy of professional-client/patient/parishioner relationships frequently blindside caregiving professionals, whether they are counselors, chaplains, pastors, social workers, or nurses. This seminar features peer-group dialogue around a collection of articles addressing the nature of these boundaries and their implications in caregiving relationships. (more...)

bereaved-parent-butPastoral Care for Bereaved Parents—Frequently, we have words for children whose parents have died and for spouses whose spouse has died, but we do not have a word for parents whose child has died. Through the use of writings and movies, this seminar explores the experience of parental grief and some avenues for providing pastoral and spiritual care. (more...)

0-where-09-butWhen Perspectives Collide: Spiritual Care and Health Care for Quality of LifeHow do we measure the quality of one’s life? Is it through quantity of days and years? Through levels of activity? How does cultural background define one’s decisions about quality of life? How do we as spiritual caretakers manage tensions between spiritual and medical approaches to quality of life? This seminar will examine quality of life in an interdisciplinary way, from biomedical indicators of quality to spiritual indicators of quality of life. (more...)

Participants are invited to join in small group peer-to-peer learning as they engage in conversation around presented resources combined with the opportunity to reflect on and share, out of their experience. By using email discussion groups and online classrooms, participants may engage in the seminars as it is convenient to their schedules. Registration is free for Oates Institute Clinical members and $90 for non-members. Registration for each seminar is limited to 12 participants. The registration deadline is September 4. Seminars may be postponed or cancelled if there are insufficient registrations.

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Chris Hammon
Two New Seminars Being Offered in July
by Chris Hammon - Tuesday, 18 June 2013, 07:08 AM
 

openheart-sayingnoAmong 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.

In his book, Open Heart, Elie Wiesel writes, "what does being resuscitated mean if not rediscovering one’s future?" This seminar will center on the experience of heart patients, families, and care providers. As we care for others our life experience impacts our motive for care as well as our interactions with patients and families.

Eighty-two years old, facing emergency heart surgery and his own mortality, Elie Wiesel reflects back on his life. Emotions, images, faces, and questions flash through his mind. His family before and during the unspeakable Event. The gifts of marriage and children and grandchildren that followed. In his writing, in his teaching, in his public life, has he done enough for memory and the survivors? His ongoing questioning of God—where has it led? Is there hope for humankind? The world’s tireless ambassador of tolerance and justice has given us this luminous account of hope and despair, an exploration of the love, regrets and abiding faith of a remarkable man. This book has been described as, "A profoundly and unexpectedly intimate, deeply affecting summing up of his life so far, from one of the most cherished moral voices of our time."

During this seminar:

  • The first week invites participants to live into their experience of care as well as their own mortality.
  • The second week the discussion will be a reflection on Wiesel’s statement “friendship contains an element of mortality.”
  • The third week we will reflect on “your answer to making a difference…”

book coverThe Practice of Saying No will appeal to anyone seeking more meaning and spirituality in their everyday lives. Barbara Brown Taylor, acclaimed author of Leaving Church and An Altar in the World (from which this eSelect is taken), writes with the honesty of Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) and the spiritual depth of Anne Lamott (Grace, Eventually) and reveals how to encounter the sacred as a natural part of everyday life.

In the process of giving care to others, caregivers often overlook their own self-care. In the face of a growing concern about clergy health—physical, emotional, social, and spiritual—recent research has addressed clergy depression to exhaustion to boundary control resulting from overwork. The practice of saying no and the practice of intentionally providing time to disconnect and nurture silence and sabbath can make a difference and generate renewed energy for ministry.

In addition to the very short Barbara Brown Taylor book, we will be using excerpts from Wayne Oates' book on Your Right to Rest. The Taylor book may be purchased very inexpensively through our bookstore (see the link below) and the Oates book excerts will be available in the library.

Registration:

Participants are invited to join in small group peer-to-peer learning as they engage in conversation around presented resources combined with the opportunity to reflect on and share, out of their experience. By using email discussion groups and online classrooms, participants may engage in the seminars as it is convenient to their schedules. Registration is free for Oates Institute Clinical members and $90 for non-members. Registration for each seminar is limited to 12 participants. The registration deadline is July 3. Seminars may be postponed or cancelled if there are insufficient registrations.

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