Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is a congregation of UUs serving the San Francisco Bay area, especially Alameda, Berkeley, Oakland, Piedmont, San Leandro, and nearby communities.
We create loving community
and service to others.
Live Oak is a progressive religious 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.
We look forward to welcoming you! Be our guest in our fully wheelchair accessible home: 1700 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda (in the Christ Episcopal Church building at the corner of Santa Clara and Grand).
Join us in the sanctuary for worship and music on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month (January through December). And for occasional educational or recreational activities, too.
Accessibility is important to us. The sanctuary, guild room, parish hall, bathrooms, and courtyard are wheelchair accessible. We also offer assisted listening devices in the sanctuary. And we have large-print Orders of Service (programs) and hymnals. Just ask the greeter at the welcome table if any of these are useful for you. And please do tell us if you have other needs that we might be able to accommodate.
Children and youth join the adults for the first 15 minutes of each worship service, which includes music and a story for all ages. Children and their teachers then head to their classrooms. Several times a year, the children stay and participate with the adults in a multi-generational service. Children are, of course, always welcome to stay with a parent in the service. Likewise, parents are always welcome to go into the classroom with their child(ren).
Supper after: Many friends and members stay after our programs for a fellowship meal. Everyone is invited to stay to get to know us and to break bread together. We hope you will join us.
For more details, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next Up: Live Oak's Sunday Program
Sunday, April 2, 4:00 p.m.
Silence Is Betrayal
Worship led by Darlene Pagano and Guest Preacher Rev. Dr. Dorsey Blake
Rev. Dorsey will reference words from Petrarch (below) and from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence in his sermon.
When a word must be spoken to further a good cause, and those whom it behooves to speak remain silent, anybody ought to raise his voice, and break a silence which may be fraught with evil. . . . Many a time a few simple words have helped further the welfare of the nation, no matter who uttered them; the voice itself displaying its latent powers, sufficed to move the hearts of men. ~ Petrarch
Rev. Dr. Dorsey Ordell Blake is the Pacific School of Religion's Visiting Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Social Transformation. He was officially installed as Presiding Minister of The Church for The Fellowship of All Peoples in October, 1994. During Dr. Blake’s installation service, Mrs. Sue Bailey Thurman presented Dr. Howard Thurman’s robe — which had not been worn since his death – to Dr. Blake as a symbol of her trust in his leading the congregation “so that there will be no past greater than our future.”
Dr. Blake served as Dean of Faculty and Visiting Professor at Starr King School for the Ministry for six years. He has spoken to small audiences and rallies that have drawn more than 200,000 people. In October 2010 he met His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and served on an interfaith panel responding to his teachings.
Alamedans (including Live Oak UU) support our Muslim neighbors
About 300 people -- including a contingent from Live Oak UU Fellowship -- showed up on Sunday, January 29, at the Islamic Center of Alameda with the message, “We love our Muslim neighbors.” One Muslim woman was quoted in the media as saying, “Seeing the turnout here is so amazing and so empowering and it just gives me so much hope, that even though the administration is against us, we have people here fighting for us, fighting for our rights, standing next to us, and they’re going to protect us.” She added that she was overwhelmed with joy seeing Alameda’s community unified like this. Live Oak was happy to be a part of this rally.