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C.J. Janovy: How to Win Hearts and Minds by Losing
Doors open at 10:30 am for coffee and conversation. Sunday Gathering begins at 11 a.m. Childcare is provided. Everyone is welcome! Program ends at 12:30 p.m. Featured Speaker: C.J. Janovy, "How to Win Hearts and Minds by Losing" Community Moment: MK Mustard Musical Guest: Celia Albon https://www.facebook.com/CeliaAlbonHarpist/ LGBT Kansans live in one of the country’s most hostile states, but they’ve made dramatic gains in public acceptance. Along the way, they learned lessons that are useful to anyone trying to make change. C.J. Janovy is a journalist and author of No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas (University Press of Kansas, 2018). She currently oversees digital news and features for KCUR, Kansas City’s NPR affiliate, where she has also covered arts and culture. She spent two decades in the alternative press, including 10 years as editor of The Pitch, where her writers won numerous local, regional and national awards and were published in several national “Best Of” food-, sports- and music-writing anthologies. Janovy grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska; received her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree in creative writing from Boston University. She and her wife live in midtown, Kansas City, with two dogs. *By participating in this event, you agree to abide by the Oasis Code of Conduct (http://www.kcoasis.org/about-oasis/code-of-conduct/)

Kansas City Oasis @ Delta Athenaeum

900 E. Linwood Blvd. · Kansas City, mo

What we're about

Oasis is a place for the non-religious to come together to celebrate the human experience.

We understand that vibrant, tightly knit communities are central to human happiness and well-being. That’s why we need Oasis: to provide a place for like-minded individuals and families to connect, be inspired and feel empowered. Every Sunday morning, we offer you the chance to get together to discuss real-world principles supported by evidence and free thought, not scripture or revelation. Furthermore, we provide a place where your children can explore their developing world views, ask questions and make friends in an environment that’s supportive of critical thinking.

Our core values define our community and help shape our interactions with each other, society, and the world:

People are More Important Than Beliefs

Throughout history beliefs, dogmas, and ideologies have divided people and have been the source of wars, persecution, and other conflicts. The Oasis movement values the well-being of people over any abstract belief, dogma, theology, or philosophy. Our common humanity is enough to bind us together in meaningful community. (And, yes, we are fully aware that this is also a belief—but we’re just fine with a little irony in our lives!)

Reality is Known Through Reason

Most religions claim to have special insight into the nature of reality on the basis of revelations given by supernatural beings. As a secular movement, the Oasis communities are committed to exploring and understanding reality on the basis of empirical evidence and rational discourse.

Human Hands Solve Human Problems

The challenges facing humanity are largely created by humans themselves. We don’t wait for divine intervention. If the world is to become a better place for all people; it is up to us to make it happen through our collective wisdom, resources, and efforts.

Meaning Comes from Making a Difference

Oasis communities do not exist only to satisfy the needs of their members or perpetuate the Oasis movement. Rather, Oasis communities are committed to service projects and civic engagement that improve the lives of others locally, nationally, and internationally.

Be Accepting and Be Accepted

Oasis communities strive to be places of acceptance for all people. We embrace and celebrate humanity in all its diversity and we foster an environment of compassion and kindness without regard to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and family structure.

(Note: KC Oasis was founded in April, 2014. This meetup account was transferred to us by another group that was founded in 2010.)

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