Oasis - About Us
The Oasis, a justice ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan, works for the
reconciliation of persons of all sexual identities, gender identities, and sexual
What does it mean to be a welcoming and affirming congregation?
To be an affirming congregation means much more than to be silently accepting.
It requires signs that show TBLG people that you are an affirming congregation,
such as by displaying rainbow flags or including your church name in the Oasis list of
welcoming and affirming churches. Being a welcoming and affirming congregation means
real, honest and open welcoming of TBLG individuals and couples, and the strength and
courage to engage in discussion about TBLG issues.
Where does the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan stand?
"All people are children of God and are to be afforded the respect and dignity that
follows from being one of God's own. What matters, (vis à vis a person's sexual
preference or gender identification) is that, as Christians, we are called to witness
to the awesome power of God's love. We must act out of a love that transcends all
boundaries and barriers; a love that carries no conditions or requirements; a love
that comes from God and returns to God by the way we treat one another. God's love
is not politically motivated or issue focused. Rather, God's love simply is. God's
love happens, and we are called to go where God happens."
Meet our Board Members
–The Rt. Rev. Wendell N. Gibbs, Jr.
10th Bishop of the Diocese of Michigan