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Welcoming LGBTQ

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.

Welcome!

We create loving community
through worship 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.

Live Oak members and friends waving at the camera 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.

Accessible icon and assisted listening device iconAccessibility 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, too, will join us.

For more details, please contact info@uuliveoak.org.


Next Up: Live Oak's Sunday Program

Sunday, May 6, 4:00 p.m.
Embracing Imperfection
Worship led by Richard Stromer and Kate Hand

We know a lot about DNA, but if our kind of mind had been confronted with the problem of designing a similar replicating molecule, we'd never have succeeded. We would have made one fatal mistake: our molecule would have been perfect. The capacity to blunder slightly is the real marvel of DNA. Without this special attribute we could still be anaerobic bacteria and there would be no music. ~ Lewis Thomas 

Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in. ~ Leonard Cohen

As biologist Lewis Thomas reminds us, our very existence is predicated on DNA’s capacity for making mistakes. Speaking from a more spiritual perspective, songwriter Leonard Cohen urges us to value life’s inevitable imperfection for the good of our souls. From the insights of science to the wisdom of art and religion, we will explore some of the blessings and gifts that come to us through more fully embracing the imperfect nature of all things, including ourselves. 

 

 

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