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

  • April 10 Symposium to Focus on the Global Struggle for LGBTQ Rights

    For decades activists and human rights lawyers have formed strategic alliances to promote global LGBTQ rights. From the introduction of same-sex marriage in countries including Argentina, France, New Zealand, South Africa, the United States, and Uruguay, to the push for greater human rights protections for transgender communities in Cuba, to the enactment of anti-discrimination legislation,
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  • Where There Is Love, Hope Sometimes Follows: The OASIS at 25

    SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER Twenty-five years ago, the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, under the leadership of the Right Rev. John Shelby Spong, made church history when it created the first official diocesan ministry for gay and lesbian people. That milestone was remembered Sunday at Trinity & St. Philip’s Cathedral in Newark, where current and former
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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