Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT OASIS?
Sunday mornings bring a compassionate community of individuals together for coffee, conversation, live music, and fascinating talks grounded in reason. Outside of Sunday gatherings, Oasis has social activities, interest groups, and volunteer opportunities.
DOES OASIS HAVE ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN?
Yes! Oasis has a great program where young children can explore science, ideas, education, and fun.
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WHAT IS THE ATTIRE?
Wear whatever makes you comfortable. Oasis is an accepting and non-judgmental environment.
HOW IS OASIS DIFFERENT FROM SUNDAY ASSEMBLY?
Sunday Assembly broke new ground in organizing secular people and families. We have much affinity for them, but our vision for achieving community is different. Sunday Assembly meets once a month, whereas we meet weekly. The primary goal of Oasis is to build community, and we think meeting with more frequency will better achieve that goal. We also want the freedom to decide our own programming and format. This allows the community to shape Oasis — instead of Oasis shaping the community.
HOW IS OASIS DIFFERENT FROM UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST?
Although we have a lot in common with Unitarian Universalists, we differ in our lack of supernaturalism and spiritualism. We believe critical thinking, freedom of inquiry, and the scientific method are the best paths to truth.
IS THIS AN "ATHEIST CHURCH?"
Houston Oasis is a great alternative to religious community, but the term "atheist church" doesn't quite fit. "Atheist church” is an oxymoron. "Atheist" implies a lack of dogma and "church" implies dogma. Furthermore, agnostics, deists, and progressive theists are members of our community, not just "atheists."
IS OASIS EXCLUSIVELY FOR ATHEISTS?
Not at all. Houston Oasis is an all-inclusive community. We welcome agnostics, humanists, freethinkers, atheists, skeptics, deists and progressive theists of various types. Whoever you are, if the Oasis core values resonate with you, you can feel welcome here.
IS OASIS RIGHT FOR ME?
Only you can answer this question. Are you up for celebrating life? Do you enjoy meeting new people? Are you looking for an inclusive community of like-minded people? Love science and the freedom to think independently? Then yes! Please keep in mind that Oasis is a positive environment. So, if you’re looking to denigrate religion, or preach your favored beliefs, then this probably isn’t the place for you.