What is Salt Lake Oasis?
Salt Lake Oasis is a secular (non-religious) community. We meet weekly to listen to educational presentations, perform humanitarian service, and enjoy live music—to get to know each other, celebrate life, and support each other. Oasis provides a place where all people can come together and feel accepted — wherever they are on their journey — and be part of a non-faith-based community.
What can I expect at Oasis?
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. For those who wish to continue the conversation, feel free to plan a meet-up for lunch at a nearby restaurant.
Outside of weekly gatherings, we’ll have other social activities, interest groups, and volunteer opportunities.
Does Oasis have activities for children?
Yes! At Salt Lake Oasis, families are very important and are integrated as such. We are starting off with a children’s program for kids aged 10 and under during the keynote presentation. We are in need of volunteers to get background checks and help with this program in order to make it work. (Contact Elise Pratt at firstname.lastname@example.org)
What is the attire?
We wouldn’t be a freethinking community if we didn’t say anything goes! Wear whatever makes you comfortable. This is a non-judgmental environment.
How is Oasis different from Sunday Assembly?
Sunday Assembly broke new ground in organizing secular families and people. We have much respect for them, but our vision for achieving community is different. Sunday Assembly meets once a month, whereas we meet weekly. We consider the primary goal of Oasis is building community, and we think more frequency will better achieve that goal. We also want the freedom to decide our own programming and format. This gives us the freedom to let our community shape Oasis—instead of Oasis shaping our community.
How is Oasis different from Unitarian Universalism?
Although we may have a lot in common with Unitarian Universalists, we will differ in our lack of supernaturalism and spiritualism. We love the inclusiveness of the Unitarians, but our goal is not to offer another outlet for religious expression. We believe critical thinking, freedom of inquiry, and the scientific method are the best paths to truth.
Why does Oasis meet on Sunday?
In our culture, the Sunday morning time slot tends to be the least scheduled portion of the week. Since our goal is to build multi-generational community, Sunday morning simply works best for most families.
So, is this an atheist church?
Being devoid of supernaturalism seems to allow the impression that this is an “atheist church,” but are public schools just “atheist schools” since they are also without supernaturalism? No. The phrase “atheist church” is an oxymoron. Atheist implies a lack of dogma, and church implies dogma. It’s like saying our dogma is a lack of dogma, which is silly. Furthermore, agnostics, deists, and even questioning theists are members of our community, and the phrase “atheist church” neglects their presence and importance. There is no litmus test in joining with us. But again, our goal is not to provide another outlet for religious or supernatural expression.
Who is Oasis for?
As mentioned above, we are an all-inclusive community. We cater to anyone and everyone who identifies with the terms Agnostic, Humanist, Freethinker, Atheist, Skeptic, Deist, or questioning Theist. Wherever you are in your freethought journey, 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.