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We create loving community
through worship and service to others.

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

Next Live Oak UU Worship Service

Worship: Sunday, December 6, 4 p.m.

Guest Speaker Rev. Sue Magidson and Worship Leader Darlene Pagano

Rev. Sue Magidson will be our guest speaker at Live Oak's Sunday, Dec. 6 Zoom service. 

2020 has been a year filled with waiting, an emotional roller coaster of uncertainty, fear, and loss, with expectations in constant flux. On Sunday, we’ll explore different strategies for waiting, including the Christian practice of Advent. We’ll reflect on what type(s) of waiting can serve us now, especially given the gifts and challenges of this particular winter holiday season.

 Sue has spoken to Live Oak on numerous occasions. She is a community minister affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley (UUCB). She also serves as the spiritual care coordinator and hospital chaplain at San Leandro Hospital. Her essays are published in Skinner House books "Jewish Voices in Unitarian Universalism" and "Faithful Practices: Everyday Ways to Feed Your Spirit," as well in Quest, the monthly publication of the Church of the Larger Fellowship.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Live Oak Fellowship is practicing social distancing by meeting online only -- the first and third Sundays of each month at 4 p.m. To join us as a guest, please send an email asking for access to our online worship service. Send that email to no later than noon on the day of an upcoming worship service. We'll be delighted to have you join us. It looks like this will be our method of gathering for a while. We will work together to create the same loving connection we have when we are able to gather in the sanctuary together.

Give to the Alameda County Toys for Tots Campaign

During "normal" times, Live Oak donates its entire Sunday offering to various local charities. During the holidays, we donate toys and money to local groups helping children in need. 

Of course, passing the plate is a little difficult now.

But we're suggesting you give your normal Sunday donation to the Alameda CountyToys for Tots Campaign.  Even with the pandemic, Toys for Tots will be distributing toys to children in need in Alameda County. 

Look for more information here.

Shoot a video selfie for the Dec. 20 Service
Pass the light...virtually 

We need the help of our congregation.

We won't - of course - won't be able to have our holiday service, which memorably ends with all of us in a circle in the front of the sanctuary, passing the light of a candle while Kate Hand sings "Light These Lights."

But, we're going to be trying to do something virtually at our Dec.20 service, and we need your help to create a video that may capture at least part of the moment. Take a look at this video to get an idea to see what we would like to see.

Send your video by Dec. 15 to Jim Freschi at or text it to him at (510) 220-7265. Have any questions, give Jim a call or email him.

See Live Oak's first virtual choir performance:
Meditation on Breathing 

Live Oak's first virtual choir was played at our Nov. 15, 2020 service. We hope to do more virtual choir performances in the future. Click here to see and hear this remarkable piece sung by Richard Stromer, Jackie Roth, and Kate Hand. Susan Mashiyama is playing the harp and produced this video. 


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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