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Upcoming Sunday Services & Programs at Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Worship_leader_Stromer_inviting_embracing_meditationJoin us on Sundays! We offer spirited and thoughtful worship services -- plus fellowship -- two (2) Sundays a month (1st and 3rd Sundays of each month) at 4:00 p.m. at 1700 Santa Clara Avenue in Alameda (in the sanctuary of Christ Episcopal Church).

We provide Religious Exploration programming for children and youth on the 1st and 3rd Sundays, too. Of course, kids of all ages are always welcome to stay in the sanctuary with their parent(s). We often have a few young ones there. Likewise, parents are always welcome in the children's classroom.

Many visitors join members and friends after worship to chat or ask questions. And many stay for a fellowship Accessible icon and assisted listening device iconmeal. It's a terrific opportunity to get to know a few people as we break bread together. We hope you will consider joining us for the meal.

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 for any of these. And please do tell us if you have other needs that we might be able to accommodate.

Upcoming Sunday Services & Programs -- 2018

Live Oak UU welcomes you to join us for worship, fellowship, and children's programming twice a month -- on 1st and 3rd Sundays (January through December).

Sunday, January 21, 4:00 p.m.
Writing in the Book of Life ...
Worship led by Darlene Pagano and Peter Hand

“Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?’”  ~ Martin Luther King, Jr., 1954

“In a sense every day is judgment day, and we, through our deeds and words, our silence and speech, are constantly writing in the Book of Life.”  ~ Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963

Although he is most strongly identified with the teaching and practice of non-violent resistance, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr preached passionately throughout his life on the broader values or “characteristics” of a moral life. Service to others and a refusal to hate were bedrock themes in his ministry. Of the many calls for a morally oriented life, we will explore King’s emphasis on service and compassion. 

Sunday, February 4, 4:00 p.m.
Faith or Belief
Worship led by Kate Hand; Guest Speaker is the Rev. Dr. David Usher

The Rev. Dr. David UsherWhat is the purpose of going to church? Is it to reinforce established beliefs, or is it to grow in faith, and what is the difference? Worship Leader Kate Hand adds, "David Usher always moves me to tears and makes me laugh out loud. He is a gifted preacher, and I'm so delighted he'll be sharing his gifts with Live Oak. You won't want to miss this service."

David Usher is a lifelong Unitarian from Adelaide, Australia. After working on sheep and cattle stations in the Outback, he travelled the world before studying for the ministry in Oxford, UK. He has served congregations in England, New Hampshire, France, and most recently in California. He was Founding President of The International Council of Unitarians & Universalists and is the author of two books, Twelve Steps to Spiritual Health and Life Spirit. He retired in 2017 and lives in San Mateo with his wife, the Rev. Vail Weller.

Sunday, February 18, 4:00 p.m.
Embracing Imperfection
Worship led by Richard Stromer

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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