Oasis is a place for the non-religious to come together to celebrate the human experience.
We understand that vibrant communities are central to human happiness and well-being. That’s why we need Oasis: to provide a place for like-minded individuals and families to connect, be inspired and feel empowered. Every Sunday morning, we offer you the chance to get together to discuss real-world principles supported by evidence and free thought, not scripture or revelation. Furthermore, we provide a place where your children can explore their developing world views, ask questions and make friends in an environment that’s supportive of critical thinking.
Our Oasis Values define our community and help shape our interactions with each other, society, and the world:
People are More Important Than Beliefs
Throughout history beliefs, dogmas, and ideologies have divided people and have been the source of wars, persecution, and other conflicts. The Oasis movement values the well-being of people over any abstract belief, dogma, theology, or philosophy. Our common humanity is enough to bind us together in meaningful community. (And, yes, we are fully aware that this is also a belief—but we’re just fine with a little irony in our lives!)
Reality is Known Through Reason
Most religions claim to have special insight into the nature of reality on the basis of revelations given by supernatural beings. As a secular movement, the Oasis communities are committed to exploring and understanding reality on the basis of empirical evidence and rational discourse.
Human Hands Solve Human Problems
The challenges facing humanity are largely created by humans themselves. We don’t wait for divine intervention. If the world is to become a better place for all people; it is up to us to make it happen through our collective wisdom, resources, and efforts.
Meaning Comes from Making a Difference
Oasis communities do not exist only to satisfy the needs of their members or perpetuate the Oasis movement. Rather, Oasis communities are committed to service projects and civic engagement that improve the lives of others locally, nationally, and internationally.
Be Accepting and Be Accepted
Oasis communities strive to be places of acceptance for all people. We embrace and celebrate humanity in all its diversity and we foster an environment of compassion and kindness without regard to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and family structure.
© The Oasis Network 2015
Shortly after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in pastoral studies, Helen Austen came to realize she could no longer support any religious ideologies. She redirected her passion for community and helping others by working as a center director and counselor for a local nonprofit that assists young families in crisis. Simultaneously, she completed her master’s degree in human services with a graduate certificate in professional counseling.
Now, Helen is bringing her training and passion for community to Oasis with a desire to bring together secular individuals and families who don’t fit in church. In early 2014, she founded and now serves as the executive director of Kansas City Oasis, a secular alternative to faith-based community. She also co-founded and serves as the president of the Oasis Network, the affiliate organization that helps to launch and support Oasis communities around the country.
Helen also enjoys working as an entrepreneur and currently owns and operates the highest-rated professional organizing company in the Kansas City metro area. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, dancing and teaching group fitness.
Dave Brown – President
Brian Bergstrom – Vice President
Melissa Leytem – Secretary
Veronica Brown – Interim Treasurer
JJ Cantrell – Music Coordinator
Melanie Lee Phillips – Co-Coordinator of Children’s Programming
Brittani Rhodes – Co-Coordinator of Children’s Programming
James Wartell – Volunteer Events Co-Coordinator
Mandy McKinney – Volunteer Events Co-Coordinator
Josh Laws – Social Events Co-Coordinator
Helena Bergstrom – Social Events Co-Coordinator/Finance Team Co-Coordinator
Carolyn Vertovec – Finance Team Co-Coordinator
Lisa Lund Phillips – Communications Team Co-Coordinator
Bill Thomson – Communications Team Co-Coordinator
Ben Garness – Sunday Production Coordinator
Michelle and James Morgan – Community Group Coordinators
Sunday mornings bring a compassionate community of freethinking individuals together for coffee and live music. Each gathering presents a different topic of discussion—usually something inspirational or motivational, about the human experience, and grounded in reason. We’re pleased to offer childcare and engaging programming for those who want to bring the whole family.
For those who wish to continue the conversation, feel free to join us for lunch at Crown Center food court.
Cache Valley Oasis
Utah Valley Oasis
Wasatch Back Oasis
Park City/Heber, Utah
Northern Wasatch Oasis
Salt Lake City Oasis
Salt Lake City, Utah
West Hill United
Toronto (Scarborough), Ontario
South Puget Sound Area/Tacoma, Washington
San Antonio Oasis
San Antonio, Texas
Toronto (Downtown), Ontario
Want an Oasis in your city? Let us know! We have had so many people wanting an Oasis in their city that we formed The Oasis Network. The Oasis Network serves to help other cities form their own Oasis communities by providing support, a working model, resources, and a greater community at large. Whether you want to help start or be a part of a one, let us know!