March 20th, 2020
We wanted to provide you an update on how Houston Oasis is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
First, know that our thoughts are with you during this time. In just a few weeks, countless lives have been upended, and the devastation that this virus will have on our physical, financial and emotional well-being has become more apparent.
The mission of Houston Oasis is to create a community of compassion and reason. This is a mission that we intend to fulfill -- especially during this time of physical isolation from one another. In doing so, here is how Houston Oasis will respond:
Following the CDC guidelines that large gatherings be suspended for eight weeks, we are extending the cancellation of Sunday gatherings through Sunday, May 10th. However, we recognize that Sunday gatherings are a core element of our Oasis experience, so we’re excited to announce that the first ever virtual Sunday gathering will take place next Sunday, March 29th. You’ll receive details via email and social media including the meeting link and instructions on how you can join. As always, this will be an opportunity to hear great music, a fascinating talk, and to see all of our friends' faces again as we share Q&A and conversation together. We look forward to sharing this experience with you very soon.
We will also be providing other digital content and opportunities to virtually meet in the weeks ahead. Among these will be coronavirus Q&A sessions with Drs. Wil Jeudy and Richard Andrews, similar to last Sunday’s session on Facebook Live. (Click here if you missed it.)
Volunteering is what Houston Oasis is all about -- so much so that it underpins two of our core values: Humans Hands Solve Human Problems and Meaning Comes from Making a Difference. We know this will be a time of great need for those in our community, so we’re setting up a form on our website that allows Oasians to list the needs they may have and a form for volunteers to sign up to help meet those needs. We’re also in contact with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center about organizing a future blood drive. While our usual in-person volunteer events are not possible, look for an upcoming #HumanHandsSolveHumanProblems campaign on social media that will encourage everyone to engage in acts of kindness and service from wherever they are.
Houston Oasis isn't about meeting in a building every Sunday; it's about creating community. And in the weeks ahead, in a time when we need it the most, we’re going to do just that. Stay connected to future emails for details on our upcoming virtual gatherings and other community updates. And if you aren’t yet a member of our private Facebook group, please email to get connected.
Thank you for being a part of the Oasis community.
The Houston Oasis Board