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

Dr. Glenn Hinson

Learn more and watch the event videos at our Banquet Recap Page.

Also honored:

  • Dr. Gail Hinson – Outstanding Oates Seminar Facilitator
  • Alissa Meriwether - Outstanding Oates Board Member
  • Chaplain Kelley Woggon – Outstanding Chaplain Service Award
  • Judy Lambeth – Servant Leadership Award
  • Retired Chaplain Isaac Njuguna – Outstanding ACPE Educator
  • Letter of commendation were sent to Jimmy Carter, Father Richard Rohr
    and Wendell Berry for their outstanding contributions to the field of spirituality.

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.


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Creating a Caring Presence

REGISTER BY: November 6, 2018 BEGINS:  November 13, 2018   Spiritual Caregivers are constantly called on to provide a caring presence with persons in all kinds of life events. In facing the stress of everyday ministry, it is helpful from ...
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A palliative care patient stares out his window

Issues in Spirituality and Palliative Care

As the best practices continue to emerge in the field of Palliative Care, spiritual caregivers have much to offer. This seminar will be an opportunity to examine and discuss some of the latest developments as well as reviewing the tried ...
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Hands in a circle celebrating holistic care

Multi-disciplinary Cooperation in Caring for the Whole Person

Holistic medicine means consideration of the complete person, physically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually, in the management and prevention of disease. Spiritual caregivers are expert in bringing their skills and knowledge to address the spiritual issues of a patient in this ...
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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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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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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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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.