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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).

Kids of all ages are always welcome to stay in the sanctuary with their parent(s). We often have a few young ones there. At the back of the sanctuary there is a carpeted area with a child-sized table and chairs, art supplies, and a few toys for kids. There are also a few cloth bags with quiet toys that children may play with as they sit in the pews by a parent. Some kids choose to sit in the back and quietly read or play. (We hope soon to once again offer a children's religious exploration program as an alternative for kids (preschool age & older.)

We are always delighted when 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 Programs

Live Oak UU welcomes you to join us for worship and fellowship twice a month -- on 1st and 3rd Sundays (January through December). Upcoming service descriptions are listed below.

On the 2nd Sunday of the month (October through May) we offer adult exploration of a range of spiritual topics through both shared readings and thought-provoking discussion (no pre-work required).

Sunday Worship Services

Worship: Sunday, February 2, 4:00 p.m.
Worship led by Guest Worship Leader Kai Markseyeglass frames
20/20 Vision

There is no shortage of metaphors for clarity of vision and inspiration as we head into a new decade. Something about the change in decade or of nice round numbers seems to intrigue us and call us toward a clearer vision of who we may yet become. Helen Keller once said that the only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision, and George Washington Carver knew that where there is no vision, there is no hope. Join us as we explore what it means to have a sense of clarity and vision for ourselves and for the world.

Kai Marks is a writer, teacher, archetypal consultant, and spiritual director. We are pleased to welcome Kai, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, back to preach at Live Oak UU again. Don't miss this service!

Worship: Sunday, February 16, 4:00 p.m.
Worship led by Guest Minister Pam Gehrke
Everything is Art, Everything Is Politics

Pamela Gehrke, UU ministerIn his statement, "Everything is Art, Everything Is Politics," Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei challenges us to explore the ways our dominant culture divides art from politics. How does holding such categories separate contribute to clouding our vision for a more just and peaceful world?

Pam Gehrke, who holds an M.Div. from Starr King School for the Ministry (and is a member of the San Mateo UU congregation) served as Live Oak UU's "Monthly Worship Leader" for a period when we offered three worship services per month. She also served the First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco after a two-year interim ministry in Auburn, Alabama. Pam has graduate degrees in Comparative Literature and Medieval Studies from UC-Berkeley and San Francisco State University. We are delighted to welcome her back to our pulpit.

Soul Talk -- Adult Religious Exploration Series

Led by Richard Stromer, this series offers an opportunity for participants to collectively explore a range of spiritual topics through both shared readings and thought-provoking discussion. Meetings last approximately an hour and a quarter, with ample time afterward for snacks (provided) and conversation. Come join us as we seek to grow both individually and a community of faith!

Our topic for February 9: Love

More information about this program will come shortly.

You are welcome to join us at 4:00 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month in the Guild Room at Christ Episcopal Church, (1700 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda). (The Guild Room is in the building immediately behind the sanctuary.)



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