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COVID Update for July 17th, 2020

Based on evolving information concerning the COVID-19 public health threat, and guidance from local and state leadership, the Houston Oasis Board of Directors has decided to extend virtual gatherings through August 31st. We will continue to evaluate the situation as local conditions change.

A Look Back at the Oasis Network

On May 13, The Oasis Network celebrated its five year anniversary. Let’s take a look at what we’ve accomplished together in five years, and what’s next.

Keys

It started just how they said on Oprah. You were always sorry after. And I always came back.

How to Hold a Community Group During a Pandemic

The 2020 pandemic need not preclude Community Group meetings. We can, of course, use Zoom.us, as we do for our regular meetings. The advantage is that Zoom is not limited by distance; the disadvantage is that it is a bit impersonal...

The Joy of Teaching Art

I was interviewed recently by a couple of authors who are writing a book on the history of art education. Okay, glad to contribute...

Why the Secular Should Care About Religion

I am fairly middle of the road when it comes to my agnosticism. That being said, I’m not apathetic about religion or belief in God – what some have dubbed “apatheism.” I actually see the topic of God’s existence to be relevant and important...

Magnum Melon

When we consider the vast breadth of human experience, from wallowing ignorance to lofty enlightenment, groveling servitude to autocratic fiat, dry-mouthed poverty to sybaritic excess, abject suffering to full-beamed health, one final question lingers unanswered, tantalizing and cloying: why are our heads so big?

Wondrous Strange: Confronting Our Ignorance

In his iconic and arguably best play, Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Horatio are confronted by the ghost of the recently dead king. Horatio is understandably aghast, crying out, “O day and night, but this is wondrous strange!”

Reflecting on Community Groups

As the Fall 2019 community groups start wrapping up, I wanted to reflect upon the whole experience. I’ve been coming to Oasis for a long time, long enough to remember when we fit into a much, much smaller room.

An Oasis in the Suburbs: Galveston Bay Oasis

Every Sunday morning, familiar faces walk through the doors of our meeting space at Galveston Bay Oasis. These weekly regulars greet each other and enter into jovial conversation as they work together to set up the coffee, sound equipment, and welcome table...

The Life of Pie

Life, as we know, is complicated. At the center of life is competition. All of life is a competitive process for success and sometimes for survival itself. This is why competitions are so popular.