Our Values

Oasis is a place for the non-religious to come together to celebrate the human experience. We understand that vibrant communities are central to human happiness and well-being. That’s why we need Oasis: to provide a place for like-minded individuals and families to connect, be inspired and feel empowered. Every Sunday morning, we offer you the chance to get together to discuss real-world principles supported by evidence and free thought, not scripture or revelation. Furthermore, we provide a place where your children can explore their developing world views, ask questions and make friends in an environment that’s supportive of critical thinking.

Oasis is creating community for the good of humanity.

Here's how...

  1. Education (Sunday mornings)

    Henry Ford said, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” It is in the spirit of Ford’s quote that Oasis’ gather together every Sunday to challenge our assumptions, broaden our horizons, and (hopefully) learn something new. It is our expectation that, in so doing, we will become better neighbors, friends, parents and lovers. And, oh yeah, we have coffee, sweets, and some pretty great music.

  2. Conversation (Community Groups and social activities)

    Our culture is increasingly linear. We sit in rows, stand in lines, and scroll down feeds. Is it any wonder that, as a nation, we are more divided than ever before? That’s why, at Oasis, we value the power of face-to-face and authentic conversations. Therefore we gather together throughout the week in homes, restaurants, and even bars to talk about important and interesting issues, and share our stories and our lives.

  3. Mobilization (Local and international outreaches)

    As much as we value education and conversation we also understand that, perhaps more than ever, what our culture needs are people who are willing to get up and actually do something. Therefore we promote and facilitate opportunities for you to engage in service both locally and internationally.

Our Oasis Values define our community and help shape our interactions with each other, society, and the world:

People are more important than beliefs.

Throughout history beliefs, dogmas, and ideologies have divided people and have been the source of wars, persecution, and other conflicts. The Oasis movement values the well-being of people over any abstract belief, dogma, theology, or philosophy. Our common humanity is enough to bind us together in meaningful community. (And, yes, we are fully aware that this is also a belief—but we’re just fine with a little irony in our lives!)

  1. Reality is known through reason.

    Most religions claim to have special insight into the nature of reality on the basis of revelations given by supernatural beings. As a secular movement, the Oasis communities are committed to exploring and understanding reality on the basis of empirical evidence and rational discourse.

  2. Be accepting and be accepted.

    Oasis communities strive to be places of acceptance for all people. We embrace and celebrate humanity in all its diversity and we foster an environment of compassion and kindness without regard to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and family structure.

  3. Meaning comes from making a difference.

    Oasis communities do not exist only to satisfy the needs of their members or perpetuate the Oasis movement. Rather, Oasis communities are committed to service projects and civic engagement that improve the lives of others locally, nationally, and internationally.

  4. Human hands solve human problems.

    The challenges facing humanity are largely created by humans themselves. We don’t wait for divine intervention. If the world is to become a better place for all people; it is up to us to make it happen through our collective wisdom, resources, and efforts.