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Weaving together the disciplines of spiritual care, health and wellness, psychology and more.

Dr. Glenn Hinson

The 2018 Wayne E. Oates Award will be presented to Dr. Glenn Hinson for his outstanding scholarship, teaching, mentoring and leadership in promoting spirituality and drawing on the Christian Classics. The banquet is Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 at 6 p.m. at Crescent Hill Baptist Church in Louisville. (Learn More & Purchase Tickets)

Professional Track

For chaplains, counselors, pastors, social workers, and other caregivers working from a mind-body-spirit perspective.

Caring Presence Program

For non-professionals, to help congregations or organizations facilitate the development of spiritual care teams.

UPCOMING COURSES

Journey down an autumn path

Thoughts from the Bedside

Throughout our ministries, whether we are pastors, chaplains, or physicians, we encounter people whose lives have been thrown into a state of disorientation. Because of illness or loss, they might struggle with uncertainty about what has happened, why it happened, ...
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The Nones come from every part of society

Spirituality and the “Nones”

What is it like to do ministry and care for the spiritual needs of people in a post-religious era? This course will look at our ministry in work in light of data about the state of religion and spirituality in ...
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Book cover: Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice

Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice

With her previous bestsellers, Dr. Brené Brown helped us realize that vulnerability is the birthplace for trust, courage, joy, creativity, and love. Yet a willingness to be vulnerable means accepting that life will sometimes knock us down. Where do we ...
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Man receiving treatment after a brain injury

Spiritual Care of the Traumatic Brain Injury Person and Family

This seminar, facilitated by Eddie Reynolds, M. Div., and Executive Director of the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky, is an introduction to the world of persons with an Acquired Brain Injury, or ABI. This will acquaint you with definitions, issues, ...
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Woman being counseled as a mental health patient might

Spirituality and Mental Health Care

A person’s sense of spirituality informs his or her awareness of self and of the society around them, and is intrinsic to their mental well-being. This seminar will explore the connections between mental health or illness and spirituality and it ...
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Rainbow pattern symbolic of LGBTQ movement

Spiritual Care of the LGBTQ Persons

There is a popular misconception that falling into any of the several non-binary, non-heterosexual categories of identity/orientation automatically removes a person from spirituality and faith. Yet, many Lesbian/Gay/Bi-Sexual/Transgender/Queer (LGBTQ) persons profess faith or yearn for spirituality. Many have also experienced ...
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The Spiritual Caregiver as Contemplative

The Spiritual Caregiver as Contemplative

This course is a book study of Glenn Hinson's A Serious Call to a Contemplative Life-Style facilitated by L. Lee Whitlock. It is not about contemplative activities, but to help students develop a contemplative lifestyle. Whitlock says, "We are not ...
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LATEST NEWS

Dr. E. Glenn Hinson Named 2018 Wayne E. Oates Award Recipient

Dr. E. Glenn Hinson is the 2018 Wayne E. Oates Award Recipient. The Oates Awards Banquet will be held Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 6 p.m. (gathering and heavy hors d’oeuvres) with the program following shortly after a 7 p.m.,…

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You’re entering a unique global learning community for spiritual and pastoral care. Here, you’ll find colleagues, collaborators, and facilitators committed to exploring the integration of spirituality, psychology, medicine, and ethics. You’ll delve into relevant topical research. Learn practical strategies you can implement. And grow professionally and personally, earning continuing education credits.

For more than 20 years, the Oates Institute has offered thought provoking online seminars presented by facilitators who challenge and inspire, often leading discussions into new and uncharted areas as we collectively work to raise the standard of spiritual care. We invite you to explore our website and our offerings and see how you can bring new dimensions to the spiritual care you provide.