2017 Annual Appeal

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the Oates Institute

Dear Oates Institute Friend,

We wish you a wonderful Holiday Season this year!  We want to offer you our deepest gratitude for your participation and donations, past, present, and future.

Light is one of the hallmarks of the holiday season. The Oates Institute strives to be a beacon of light in the field of spiritual care, setting the standard for spiritual care education across the globe. Our members represent many cultures and faith traditions, in 11 countries around the world.

We need your support to keep the light of spiritual care emanating from the Oates Institute to chaplains, pastors, and individuals interested in spiritual care issues around the world. We hope you will choose to make a contribution or join the Oates Institute as a member.  The Institute offers programs in several areas:

For chaplains:  Our on-line training seminars provide CEUs for chaplains, focusing on education and discussion around best practices and current topics in spiritual care.  Our goal is to help chaplains serve diverse patients across a wide variety of settings, from a fresh perspective.

For pastors:  Our collaborative distance learning approach provides access to seminars relevant to pastoral and spiritual care, without requiring travel away from your church responsibilities.

For congregations:  Our Congregational Care Network seminars will be launched this year to provide on-line training to help congregational members assist pastors in addressing requests for spiritual care.

For general interest in spirituality and related subjects:  The Institute’s seminars are open to everyone. Seminar topics include meditation, grief, palliative care, addiction, self care, and cross-cultural communication.

The Institute’s seminars are unique, facilitating in-depth reflection and provocative yet respectful discussion in an on-line environment that benefits from the diversity of our participants and the global perspectives represented.

Seminar discussion groups are no longer the Institute’s only mode of providing Continuing Education. Adobe Connect enables us to offer online face-to-face features to our learning options. For example, you can join a seminar to discuss a popular book like Richard Rohr’s book Falling Upward, or Brian McLaren’s The Great Spiritual Migration, and participate in live Q&A sessions with the authors.

The Oates Institute also presents an annual Online Symposium, with papers and live presentations from experts in their fields.  Previous symposium topics have included Palliative Care, The Future of Spiritual Care, and Mindfulness and Spirituality. The topic for our 2017 Symposium will be Spirituality and Aging.

Finally, Wayne Oates’ legacy lives on at the Oates Institute, inspiring careful scholarship in the integration of spirituality with many other disciplines.  New resources add cutting-edge insights and expand discussions into many kinds of contemporary settings.

We hope you will donate generously to keep these vital programs alive. Please use the donate button below, or go our web site: www.oates.org. Or you may send it to us through the mail: 1733 Bardstown Rd.; Louisville, KY 40205.


Rick Underwood

Executive Director

The Oates Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with tax exempt status. Donations are tax-deductible.

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