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Live Oak is a progressive spiritual community in the heart of Alameda. We walk diverse paths to find meaning and purpose but are united by our belief in the worth and dignity of all, and the obligation to express our faith through acts of justice and compassion. Join us as we create a diverse, spirit-growing, justice-seeking community.

The church building where we usually meet IS CURRENTLY CLOSED, BUT WE ARE NOT!

While the campus is closed, we continue to meet for worship and fellowship -- ONLINE -- on the first and third Sundays of the month at our usual time -- 4 p.m.! Join us for worship. If you are not on our regular email list but would like to experience one of our on-line services, send a request to Give us a bit of info about yourself and how best to reach you in the future and we'll send you a link to join us in worship for our next service. (Next service date and topic are listed below).

If you regularly receive emails from Live Oak UU Fellowship about upcoming worship services (and other activities), you will receive an email with access information for the next worship service. 

For more details, please contact

Soul Talk topic for April is: Courage

Soul Talk, Live Oak’s monthly adult religious exploration program, offers participants an opportunity to collectively explore a range of topics through both shared readings and thought-provoking discussion. Come join us as we seek to grow both individually and a community of faith! 

Our next meeting will be on Sunday, April 11, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. To register for this Soul Talk and receive the Zoom link for this gathering, please email Richard Stromer at no later than Friday, April 9. To allow adequate time for each person’s participation in the discussion, attendance will be limited to 10 people.

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.

-- James Neil Hollingworth, author, and musician

The theme for this month’s Soul Talk is Courage, a theme of particular relevance in a time of pandemic. From healthcare workers facing this terrifying disease on the front lines to essential service workers being threatened for enforcing simple safety precautions, many Americans have manifested an astounding degree of courage in the face of Covid-19. That said, what is courage and why is it considered among the highest of virtues? What does it mean to be truly courageous? What do some of the world’s great wisdom traditions teach about the value of courage? Please join us as we explore these and other intriguing questions about Courage. 

Come join us as we seek to grow both individually and as a community of faith.

Future Soul Talk Topic:

May 9: Being Awake / Mindfulness

Susan Mashiyama Selected as Choir Director for UU General Assembly 2021

Live Oak UU Fellowship's musical friend Susan Mashiyama, PhD, who has been producing some lovely virtual choir numbers for us, has been chosen as the 2021 General Assembly Choir Director. 

Susan is a Bay Area harp player and singer/songwriter 
( who believes in nurturing fellowship through music. Trained classically in piano and violin, Susan later became entranced by the Celtic harp, and her compositions intertwine her love for nature, stories and myths, and the way music can call to the spirit. Susan is also a Musician at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, sang with the 2018 GA Choir in Kansas City, and is in her second year of the UUA Musicians Leadership Certification Program. With a doctorate in biology, she believes in both science and spirituality and thinks the two can co-exist peacefully. 

Worship: Sunday, April 18, 4 p.m. on Zoom
This Moment on Earth
Worship Leaders Kate and Peter Hand 

How we treat each moment alters our spirits and the fate of our world.

Join Kate and Peter Hand in an exploration of how pandemic times have changed how we perceive and spend our moments, and how we can draw nourishment from our uninvited constraints.

If you are not on our regular email list but would like to experience one of our on-line services, send a request to Give us a bit of info about yourself and how best to reach you in the future and we'll send you a link to join us in worship for our next service.

Watch 'Spirit of Life' Once More

At our March 21 service, Live Oak's Virtual Choir performed "Spirit of Life."

Many of our members have asked to see this beautiful hymn again.

Our virtual choirs are edited and organized by Susan Mashiyama, who plays the harp on this piece and has performed at our live services.

The performers are Kate Hand, Jackie Roth, Jay Roller, and Peter Hand.

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We want everyone to be well and stay safe. We will continue to stay in touch with members and friends and to update this site with any news. Until then, please take care of yourselves, your friends, and your loved ones. We are thinking of you and will stay connected in other ways. Be well. ~ from both your Live Oak UU Worship Team and the Live Oak UU Board of Trustees.

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