March Pastoral Seminars Open for Registration

Lifelong Learning features letter from Executive Director and board update on future.
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In this issue:  

  • March seminars open for registration
  • April Mindfulness & Spirituality Symposium
  • Update on Technology
  • Membership Changes
  • A Word from the Executive Director: Oates Institute Moves Forward

March seminars open for registration

In response to requests to continue offering new learning experiences, we have two new seminars for March. We also have a couple of more familiar seminars for those that may have missed them. A reminder that members may register by just sending an email to: [email protected].

Seminar on Sense of the Heart. We moved Dr. Leonard’s live presentation, seminar discussion, and Q & A to March to allow time for more participants and a chance for those participants to purchase and begin reading his book. This is a wonderful opportunity for our members to dialogue with one of the leading scholars in church history and religious experience. Dr. Leonard was the founding dean and current James and Marilyn Dunn Professor of Baptist Studies and Church History, The School of Divinity, Wake Forrest University. He is author of 23 books including the one chosen for this discussion. Further, Dr. Leonard gave the William James Lecture on Religious Experience at Harvard Divinity School. Read more.

How Surrogate Decision-Makers Access or Fail to Access Spiritual and Religious Resources When Making Life-Sustaining Decisions. Stephen Ivy, PhD., Senior Vice President Values, Ethics, Social Responsibility, and Pastoral Services, Indiana University Health. Dr. Ivy did his graduate work at the old SBTS and he has served at several major pastoral care programs in Nashville and Dallas before coming to Indianapolis. Read more.

Power to Bless. “The blessed child is one who is affirmed and loved by those responsible for the child’s care, usually the parents,” writes Dr. Myron Madden in his book, The Power to Bless. But no child seems to get enough blessing to last a lifetime. As we move through adolescence and into adulthood, we have the need for affirmation beyond the family.” This seminar features presentations and urges participants to procure access to three movies: “October Sky,” “Whale Rider,” and “The Way.” Read more.

Nurturing Silence & Sabbath. Over the course of this three week seminar, participants will explore recognizing the sacrament of the present moment and explore discerning when privacy, rest, and a time of Sabbath are needed.  Our discussion will be informed by online presentations. Read more.

April Mindfulness and Spirituality Seminar

The Oates Institute is excited to announce an outstanding lineup of presenters for the annual symposium.  This year the focus is on Mindfulness and Spirituality. The symposium is the major fund raiser for the OI.  Please help spread the word.

April 19-29, 2016 – On-line international symposium – Mindfulness and Spirituality will feature the following:

Father Richard Rohr, OFM, Franciscan priest, founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, N.M. Topic, “Dancing Standing Still: Healing the World from a Place of Prayer”

Peter Buecker, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon, who studied with John Cabot- Zinn, established Meditation MD because wanted to help persons learn simple and doable skills to help feel better in body, mind, and life. Topic, “Mindfulness as a Path to Inner Peace: A Physician’s Journey”

Father Joseph Mitchell, CP, President, Earth & Spirit Center, Louisville, KY, topic, “The Physical, Psychological, and Spiritual Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation”

Glenn Hinson, PhD., well-known scholar in the Christian Classics, will share on the topic: “Mindfulness Practices in the Christian Tradition: What Have I Learned from Thomas Merton and Douglas Steere, a Quaker”

Eric McCollum, Ph.D., LCSW, LMF, Professor & Program Director, MFT Program, Virginia Tech, Author. Topic: “Mindfulness for Therapists and Other Helping Professionals”.

Tenzin Kiyosaki, Hospice Chaplain, in  Home Health, South Bay Area of Los Angeles, Certified Chaplain, former practicing Buddhist nun for 27 years.Topic, “Buddhist Mindfulness & Contemplation”.

And more!  Read More about symposium.

Fees for symposium: $95 for members, $150 for non-members, $70 for retirees & students

Register Now!

Some partial scholarships are available.Contact [email protected].

Update on Oates Institute Technology (from Rick) 

“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity,” said Albert Einstein. Even he was not talking about computers and the web, this quote struck a note with me regarding our challenges with our website redevelopment.  First, I want to thank our membership for your patience as we have struggled to move our technical capability to the next level of usefulness. Secondly, I want to thank our board of directors for their steadfast commitment to finding expertise at an affordable price. And finally, thanks to Michael for helping make what we have work.

Our current plan is to have a fully functional, automated website back in place in a month.  The updated site will make it easier for persons to renew memberships, register for learning experiences, access learning materials, and follow seminar discussions.

MEMBERSHIP Dues will rise in March. 

Membership Dues and other fees will increase March 1, 2016:

  • $195 – Professional membership dues (includes all three- week seminars)
  • $355 – Professional membership dues – Two years (includes all three-week seminars)
  • $  95 – Student & Retired professional membership dues (includes all three-week seminars)

A Word from the Executive Director: Oates Institute Moves Forward

The Oates Institute board is in the process of finalizing a business plan for 2016. In includes many of the goals and objectives and action steps suggested by our membership. Obviously, creating great learning experiences and effective marketing are at the top of the list.

We enjoyed a 110% increase in memberships the past three months compared with one year ago. The annual appeal raised over $15,000 and more pledges come in every day. New seminars are bringing full classes and our facilitators are doing an outstanding job as usual.

We have to remember that success is a journey not a destination. Please join us on the journey.

Rick Underwood

Executive Director

Contribute to the work of the Oates Institute either using this button: DONATE HERE. Or you may send a contribution to: Oates Institute, 1733 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205.

If you are interested in writing or helping with our expanding web site, contact [email protected].

If you are interested in becoming part of planning or board work, please contact our Executive Director, Rick Underwood, at [email protected]

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