Resilience in Spirital Caregivers


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© 2016 K. Gadson

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In this issue:  

  • September seminars start September 13
  • Authentic Happiness-An Article by Peter Buecker, MD
  • Oates Award Banquet on October 13, 2016
  • Contribute to Oates Institute

September Seminars 

Seminars will start on September 13, 2016 and are open for registration.

We’ve included a brief list of the September seminars available, and some information about them. As always, members may register through an email to, non-members should purchase a one-time pass for a seminar on the MEMBERSHIP page.

Resilience in Spiritual Caregivers

Spiritual caregivers interact on an almost daily basis with crisis, trauma, loss, death, and for some—violence. …  many of us have moved in solo positions or work in relative isolation … [where] it becomes even more important for us to attend to our resilience, and to build it…. Read More.

Grieving: Helping People Invite God into their Pain

Loss is such an opportunity to grow, give, and thrive in an environment that appears hostile, unwanted and negated in our viewpoint. Culturally, any loss is not considered something desired but in the western culture loss can change our position in society, or have us redefine the system in which we live. This seminar will explore grieving through the use of the book: Grieving: Inviting God Into My Pain by J. Catherine Sherman. Read More.

Breaking the Silence: Spirituality and Palliative Care

Palliative care is about caring for the patient without, necessarily, curing the patient. Frequently, it involves alleviating some of the symptoms without removing the root causes of a particular issue. This seminar seeks to explore not only the nature of palliative care, but how spiritual caregivers can be a critical part of palliative care. Read More.

Research 101 in Spiritual Care

Research 101 in Spiritual Care is a brand new seminar focusing on the basics of spiritual care. More information will be posted after the holiday weekend! Read More.

Authentic Happiness, an article by Peter Buecker, MD 

Dr. Buecker is an Orthopedic Surgeon and a new Oates Institute board member. He is completing a Ph.D. in Holistic Medicine and was a recent presenter in our spring symposium on Mindfulness and Spirituality. This is the second of a series of articles sharing the benefits and uses of meditation with well and ill persons.  Please use the read more link to read the complete article.

Authentic Happiness

Like many, I got into this meditation thing at a time in my life marked with turmoil, self-doubt, guilt, and pain; that which I caused myself, and that which I knew I had caused others. I went to therapy and began to untangle my brain and harmful patterns, and this was an important act of self-care. I also wanted to find a path where I could find clarity, deepened self-awareness, and a more sustained sense of what I call “authentic” happiness.

What experience has taught me is that happiness is a practice, not an achievement. My attachment to how happiness was supposed to look was blocking me from finding it at every turn. Once I let go of my craving for some other reality to show up and the attachment to how that reality was supposed to be, I opened the door to my own liberation. From the ashes of what crashed and burned in my life has arisen beauty, peace, and abundance that I never knew possible. These have been here all along, I was just blinded by my own ignorance and inability to see them clearly. Read More.

Oates Award Banquet on October 13, 2016

The Oates Award Banquet will occur on Thursday, October 13. We begin with a reception for the award recipient at 6:00 pm. This year the recipient is Rev. Dr. William P. Tuck. More information is available on the Oates Banquet home page, as well as information on where and how to get tickets. Read more.

Contribute NOW and get a gift

Please consider becoming an Oates donor! We want to invite you to support our work as a contributor. As an incentive, if you make a tax-deductible donation of $50 or more, or begin a monthly contribution, we will send you a copy of the new film, CHAPLAINS, by Martin Doblmeier, that was recently previewed at the APC Convention.

You may also purchase a copy for $20, just send your request to

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