When Religion Gets Sick and Other Seminars Open

A Newsletter from the Oates Institute

We are ramping up fast for a terrific year of lifelong learning for all our members and friends.

New seminars
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Mark May 12th as our start date for the following seminars: When Religion Gets Sick, Finding a Common Language, New Seeds for Contemplation, and Spiritual Care for the Alcoholic. Seminars fill up fast so don’t hesitate. Sign up today. Pick out the seminar you want and send [email protected] your request.


Coming in June

Dr. Rita Brock from Bright Divinity School will do a live Adobe Connect presentation on June 9th at 3 PM EDT on the very important and timely topic of “Moral Injury in Returning Soldiers.” This presentation will launch a three-week seminar discussion on the topic. If you are not interested in completing the entire seminar for 12 CEUs, you can opt to join for a one-hour credit just for the presentation.

Association of Professional Chaplains Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky

The Oates Institute is planning a big presence at the upcoming APC meeting scheduled in June. Executive Director Rick Underwood is presenting a seminar, our board and members will be staffing a booth. And we are thinking about a reception for clinical members and interested persons. If you plan to attend and would like to help please contact Rick at [email protected] 


Board highlight

Sharon Perkins is a second career Marriage and Family Therapy Associate (Louisville Presbyterian Seminary) specializing in work with families and significant others of sexual addicted persons. She is a graduate of Yale University and worked in the IT field for several years. She is married to Bart and they have one daughter, Diana who is headed to Brown University in the fall. Sharon has chaired the Congregational Care Network planning committee and she has been extremely active during the leadership interim. Sharon brings hard work, a gift for detail, and a passion for the work of the Institute. 

Other Spiritual Care Training Events

We just completed a provocative seminar addressing cross-cultural communication issues in spiritual and pastoral care. This seminar will be offered again in a few months. During the Society for Pastoral Theology conference, this topic will be addressed from many different theological points of view as its theme is “Practicing Public Pastoral Theologies in Contexts of Difference.” See www.societyforpastoraltheology.org for more information.

Membership has its privileges

NOW is the time to renew your membership, if you have been sitting out. We are working hard to provide quality programming, but we need you to be a part of this enterprise. We are making daily updates to the web site, and adding back pieces of the library and the seminar content just as quickly as we can. Check us out! Go to MEMBERSHIP.


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