Who We Are
All who seek peace within themselves and with each other are welcome at Oasis.
Participants include people from all walks of life, of all ages and orientations, and any faith or nonfaith background. Each individual determines their degree of participation, with some involved in just one Passion Cluster and others involved in almost everything on offer!
During a given week we discuss books, knit prayer shawls, heal via crystal singing bowls, meditate, sing, potluck… Sunday services are a blend of casual and formal, silly and serious, new and traditional.
Oasis ‘sprung forth’ in 2008, as a response to a community’s vision. We sing heartily and often, play together, ensure relevant support for our children, and welcome innovation and new energy.
Based in Penticton, Oasis is a member congregation of the United Church of Canada. An “open and affirming congregation,” it has made a public covenant of welcome to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.
Our mission statement notes that Oasis:
is rooted in Christian hospitality, an oasis for all who seek a safe place for spiritual deepening
welcomes all to this community of inclusion, learning, and compassion
commits to the wellness of our world, and works for reconciliation with all of creation
Oasis United is facilitated by a leadership team. These volunteers are committed to ensuring the mission and values are supported. Please ask the office for names and contact info of those currently serving in this capacity,
We invite you to contact any leadership team member for information about (or for confidential conversation regarding) congregation administration, leadership, staffing, new ideas, and so on.
Among its many tasks, the leadership team hires staff passionate about fulfilling the congregation’s needs and goals.
Please contact our minister for spiritual support, conversation about United Church of Canada theology, and so on. Please contact our office administrator, Sheilah, for any volunteer’s contact information, as well as in regards to donations, room rentals, building maintenance concerns, communications, Oasis’ events, and so on. Please contact our music director, Sandy, with requests, ideas, and offerings around music at our Sunday services.
Passion Cluster Team Leads
Finally, each Passion Cluster has at least one volunteer from within the congregation serving as “team lead.” This person works diligently to organize or facilitate meetups and is the contact person for the group.
Contact Any of The Above
To reach any of the above volunteers or staff, please request the person’s email address, text number, or phone number from the Oasis office.
Thank You, Participants and Leaders! The life and energy of Oasis depends on countless participants. We are truly thankful to each person who makes Oasis happen—whether by participating in a passion cluster or Sunday service, cleaning or repairing the building, donating funds, organizing the innumerable admin tasks, expressing gratitude, or providing constructive feedback and new ideas. Thank you! Your participation counts and matters.