Most of the friends I knew before I arrived at General Convention on the generosity of grants. They were spread between Episcopal Peace Fellowship, Episcopal Service Corps or the Young Adult Festival. They fit the bill of a disillusioned-with-the-church millennial, hanging onto shards of their faith, with somewhat politically radical political praxis. I heard many
Working as a legislative aide for Oasis and Integrity during the 78th General Convention, I saw a multitude of living, breathing examples that the Episcopal Church does not and will not remain neutral in situations of injustice. Though it may seem to some on the outside (or even the inside) that the Episcopal Church is
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.
Founded on our Baptismal Covenant
Claiming the Gospel promise of liberation
In solidarity with the prophetic witness of scripture