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Religious Exploration for Adults

We look forward to offering many opportunities for adults to deepen their spirituality through a variety of classes. We refer to these classes as Adult Religious Exploration (ARE) or Adult Religious Education and sometimes as Adult Faith Development.

Small Group Ministry (SGM) Program

Live Oak UU now offers Small Group Ministry (SGM) for all who are interested in deepening and expanding their faith and their connections to others.

What is SGM? Small Group Ministry consists of intentional lay-led small (6-8) groups of people who agree to meet over the next year on a regular schedule of either once or twice a month. Each gathering is about 90-minutes long and is facilitated by one (or revolving) leaders. Sessions have a simple format that includes an opening reading, a check-in, a time for exploration and discussion, and a closing. Themes are chosen to help the group members get to know themselves and each other more deeply. Each group is autonomous and chooses themes and subjects that are relevant to its members. Live Oak has two groups which meet on different evenings -- and is trying to start a third group. Email if you are interested in more information or to express interest in joining a group.

Other Adult Programs

Throughout the year, we offer different opportunities for adults to come together to talk, think, and learn about topics we hope will deepen our understanding of the world we live in and/or the inhabitants of that world. Some of these will use curricula developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Some will use curricula or DVDs offered by PBS, the BBC, or other organizations. And finally, we hope to develop some programs ourselves. Here is an upcoming program:

Soul Talk: An Adult Spiritual Exploration Series (Sept-2018 through April-2019)

Beginning Sunday, September 9, 2018, the Live Oak UU Fellowship will offer an adult religious exploration program called Soul Talk.  Led by Richard Stromer, Soul Talk will meet at 4:00 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month in the Guild Room at CEC. This series will offer an opportunity for participants to collectively explore a range of spiritual topics through both shared readings and thought-provoking discussion. Meetings will last approximately an hour and a quarter, with ample time afterward for snacks and conversation. Come join us as we seek to grow both individually and a community of faith! 

Topics to be covered (by month): Sept-2018 through April-2019

September 9: Faith
October 14: Hope
November 11: Resilience
December 9: Joy
January 13: Evil
February 10: Justice
March 10: Compassion
April 14: Mystery

3rd Friday DVD Discussions

For several years, an informal and diverse group of Live Oak members and friends have gathered to watch and learn from a variety of DVD series. These gatherings are held on the 3rd Friday night of the month in private homes. For location and/or more information, email Below is a list of past programs we've enjoyed. In January-2019, we will start the excellent PBS series, Civilizations, which examines the formative role of art and the creative imagination in forging humanity.

Past DVD Series:
  • From Jesus to Christ, a Frontline (PBS) series featuring new and controversial historical evidence which challenges familiar assumptions about the life of Jesus and the epic rise of Christianity.
  • Sister Wendy Beckett, a British nun and habit-wearing consecrated virgin as well as a renown art critic. With humour and a gift for storytelling, she brings life and drama to each work.
  • Bill Moyers' On Faith & Reason. Moyers asked some of the world's most provocative writers questions such as, "In a world where religion is poison to some and salvation to others, how do we live together?"
  • Huston Smith in conversation with Bill Moyers in the Wisdom of Our Faith series in which bestselling author/professor Huston Smith offers a tour of the world's major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
  • Power of Myth: Six-part, six-hour encounter covers topics related to Campbell's central themes: Mythology is humanity's universal method of seeking the transcendental, and "follow your bliss" is the timeless formula for spiritual satisfaction.
  • The Ascent of Man: This series attempts a massive survey of science, from flint tools to the theory of relativity. A co-production of the BBC and Time-Life Films, it was made as a science counterpart to Civilization.
  • Episodes of Carl Sagan's Cosmos: A Personal Journey.


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