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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 religious 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 1st, 3rd, and 4th Sundays of each month. We are not currently offering any programming on 2nd Sundays of the month.

Accessible icon and assisted listening device iconAccessibility 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 if any of these are useful for you. And please do tell us if you have other needs that we might be able to accommodate.

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

Supper after: Many friends and members stay after our programs for a fellowship meal. Everyone is invited to stay to get to know us and to break bread together. We hope you will join us.

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Next Up: Live Oak's Sunday Program

Live Oak does not offer any program for adults, youth, or children on the 2nd Sundays of the month. But please join us for worship, fellowship, and children's programming the following Sunday (described below).

Sunday, May 15, 4:00 p.m.
The Answer I Wish I'd Given
Worship led by Kate Hand and Richard Stromer

This service, based on an award-winning sermon by UU minister Erica Hewitt, addresses the age-old question of why we must respond to the call to help those in need of our assistance. In this sermon, Erica writes about a troubling experience she had with family members in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. As one family member was talking about the need for assistance in the rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina's destruction, another relative bluntly asked "Why should we help them?" This sermon is Erica's response, which can be applied to any crisis that demands our care and attention. It encourages us to think deeply about the "innumerable ways to name the forces that compel us to help others, all of them overlapping and none of them more important than the rest."

Erika Hewitt is a graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry and has served as minister for a number of congregations on both the East and West Coasts. In addition to her work as a UU minister, she describes herself as a high-mileage wedding officiant, a yoga teacher, a writer, and a worship coach.

NOTE: Job Opening at Live Oak UU Fellowship -- Children & Youth Religious Exploration


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