The LGBT Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark

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The OASIS Ministry

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The OASIS is a justice ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark to make the church safe for ALL people, and to challenge the church when its interest is self-preservation and not prophetic witness.

Want to join us?

Find a welcoming church

The OASIS has compiled some guidelines to help congregations to be welcoming of LGBT people.

Marriage / Civil Union

Find a Celebrant

Clergy in the Diocese of Newark

View the database of Clergy in your area!

Get Involved!!

in the work of the Oasis Ministry

For more information on how you can be part of the work of the Oasis Ministry or to find a participating church.

Scholarship & Grant

THE LOUIE CREW SCHOLARSHIP

In recognition of Dr. Louie Crew

and his many years of prophetic witness in and beyond the Diocese

What's Happening at the Oasis

  • The Oasis Louie Crew (Clay) Grants for GC Legislative Aide

    The Oasis, an LGBT justice ministry of The Episcopal Diocese of Newark, is pleased to offer two grants through its Louie Crew (Clay) Grant Fund for two Legislative Aides to work on the IntegrityUSA Legislative Team at General Convention, June 25-July 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The purpose of this grant is to
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  • Indiana: Newton’s Third Law

     In case you haven’t heard, there was a huge media dust up when Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the so-called “religious freedom” bill into law during a private ceremony in his Statehouse office.  And, rightly so. This bill purports to protect persons and businesses from government reprisal if their decisions to treat groups of people
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Welcome to the Oasis Ministry

MISSION: The OASIS is a justice ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark to make the church safe for ALL people, and to challenge the church when its interest is self-preservation and not prophetic witness.

BACKGROUND: The OASIS was founded in 1989, as a diocesan ministry to gay and lesbian (and later bisexual and transgender) people. The Diocese of Newark was the first in the Episcopal Church to fully include openly gay and lesbian (and later bisexual and transgender) people in the full life of the Church. This prophetic ministry has led the way for the entire Episcopal Church and the larger Anglican Communion.

We are:

  • Founded on our Baptismal Covenant
  • Claiming the Gospel promise of liberation
  • In solidarity with the prophetic witness of scripture
  • Embodied in justice, hospitality and love