Oasis has a radical and genuinely distinctive vision of community, seeking to reconnect people to each other and to the services they need.
That vision is built around the concept of community hubs: the joining together of all the ways in which Oasis exists and acts within a community – the church, school and all the joined-up community services we provide.
In the UK, Oasis works across 35 hubs. We are the second largest multi-academy trust in the UK, with 47 schools serving 25,000 children and their families. Within those same communities, we run a wide range of community development initiatives, including youth and children’s work, adult education, foodbanks, health and wellbeing programmes, housing initiatives, community farms and a great deal more.
The Oasis Foundation exists to be a socially compassionate and inclusive Christian voice in public debate and policy. We aim to help represent the open and inclusive parts of the Church in our national conversation and to make effective policy recommendations based on thirty years of learning from the Oasis community Hub model. We dream, campaign and work for a more inclusive and socially just society.
There is now broad agreement across different wings of the Church that to follow Christ intrinsically involves making a difference in our society and engaging in public debate and discussion around Government policy. Too often, however, Christian voices seem unduly obsessed with a narrow range of issues, ignoring the bigger picture of social justice and represent only one segment of Christian thinking.
The Oasis Foundation has three aims:
“I believe that when we treat homosexual people as pariahs and push them outside our communities and churches; when we blame them for who they are; when we deny them our blessing on their commitment to lifelong, faithful relationships, we make them doubt whether they are children of God, made in his image.”
“The church has an important role to play in creating a stronger, fairer and more cohesive society. But more fundamentally, it has a God-given role to respond, in generous service, to the needs we see in our communities.”
Oasis is inspired and motivated by the life, teaching and example of Jesus. It informs our radically inclusive ethos and drives our passionate belief that each human being is equally important, has intrinsic God-given worth and is uniquely valuable.
We hope that our five ethos values (or behaviours) of inclusion, relationships, equality, hope and perseverance permeate everything we do and are obvious wherever and whenever you encounter Oasis.
Inclusion: a passion to include everyone
Relationships: a desire to treat everyone equally, respecting differences
Equality: a commitment to healthy and open relationships
Hope: a deep sense of hope that things can change and be transformed
Perseverance: a sense of perseverance to keep going for the long haul