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

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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

LOUIE CREW CLAY 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

  • A Message from The Board of The Oasis

    The Oasis was shocked and saddened by the decision of “an overwhelming majority” of Primates to attempt to punish The Episcopal Church for the changes made to our canons to allow full access to the sacramental life of the church for everyone – including marriage equality. The pain of the intent to exclude touches the
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  • Why do we stay? Why do we pay?

    It’s a good question. Why do we – queer people and women and people of color and our allies and progressives – stay in The Anglican Communion? And, the second is like unto it: Why don’t we take our money with us when we leave? Or, at least, divert it to those places in the
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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