For religious believers who live in communities built around their religions, one of the hardest parts of losing their beliefs or admitting to their nonbelief is losing those communities. Former pastor Mike Aus started Houston Oasis to offer nonbelievers the kind of community he had known in the church but without the dogma. In 2014, Helen Stringer started Kansas City Oasis to meet the same needs, and together, they founded the Oasis Network to make it easier for other local groups to form. The Oasis Network now has eight locations, with more on the way.
On this week's show, Peggy Knudtson talks with Mike and Helen about the impetus for the network and what people can expect to find at an Oasis. They also talk about what it takes to keep a group like Oasis running and what help people who want to start their own can expect from the network.