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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, 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. 


Sunday, May 20, 4:00 p.m.
Let’s Go Down to the River …
Worship led by Mary MacKay and Darlene Pagano

Whatever our individual views of God and Jesus, we Unitarian Universalists are generally united in our complete rejection of that mysterious third element of the Trinity, the “Holy Spirit.” At the same time, many of us claim to be more “Spiritual than Religious.” As a descendent of religious rationalists, what can I learn from those who practice ecstatic worship and are moved by the Spirit? 

This Sunday will be the Christian holiday of Pentecost, which celebrates the entry of the “Holy Spirit” into the followers of Jesus. Join us in a joyful exploration of the role of Spirit in our lives.


 

 

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