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  • 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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  • I unearthed hope for justice in transitory spaces at General Convention 2015

    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
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  • “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” -Desmond Tutu

    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
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  • Suffer the Little Children

      Honest to Ethel! I can’t imagine you haven’t heard about the brouhaha coming out of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida concerning the “postponement” of the baptism of Jack, the adopted son of two fathers. You can find the perspective of Eric and Rich McCaffery, Jack’s parents, here in The Blade. You can find
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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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  • 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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