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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.


We create loving community
through worship and service to others.

Live Oak is a progressive spiritual 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.

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. And, of course, parents are always welcome to go into the classroom with their child(ren).

Accessible icon and assisted listening device iconAccessibility is important to us. The spaces we use on Sundays (sanctuary, guild room, parish hall, kitchen, bathrooms, and courtyard) are all wheelchair accessible. We also offer assisted listening devices for use in the sanctuary and large-print Orders of Service (programs). Please let the greeter (just inside the front doors) know if any of these will be helpful to you. And please do tell us if you have other needs we might be able to accommodate.

Supper and more: Many friends and members stay after our worship services for conversation and 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.

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Live Oak's Upcoming Sunday Program

Worship: Sunday, October 20, 4:00 p.m.
Staying with the First Arrow
Worship led by Guest Preacher Tovis Page and Darlene Pagano

In a well-known parable from the Buddhist tradition, the Buddha compares the inevitable pain we experience in life to being pierced by an arrow we cannot dodge. When we react to that pain in ways that cause further harm, it is as if we Tovis Page, UU ministerial studentshoot ourselves with a second arrow. The question then becomes: when we are pierced by life, how can we avoid shooting ourselves a second (or third or fourth) time?

Our guest preacher, Tovis Page, is a student at Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley and a candidate for ministerial fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association. Last year she served as ministerial intern with the Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo and the UU Coastside Community in Half Moon Bay. Prior to recognizing her call to UU ministry, Tovis earned a PhD in Religion, Gender and Culture and trained as a Buddhist chaplain. She is currently program coordinator for the Peninsula Solidarity Cohort, a group of 30 interfaith leaders working to address pressing justice issues in San Mateo County. Tovis belongs to the UU Fellowship of Redwood City and shares a lively home on the Peninsula with her spouse, two kids, and sundry other critters.



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