Liturgy and Worship

It is September and as those who have been around Live Oak for a few years know, it is time for changes in our liturgy. “Liturgy” is the ritual of our worship services. With each new church year (Sept-Aug), I create a new order for our services. This keeps things...

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Homecoming 2023 at Live Oak

It wasn’t until my senior year in high school that I actually learned what “Homecoming” referred to. I attended a new high school, that was using the build-up plan. They started just with a freshman class, the next year that class advanced and we had a freshman and sophomore class,...

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How We Communicate

There are so many platforms for communication these days: social media like TikTok and Facebook, planning/project apps like Discord and Trello, and of course, email, text, and phone. It can be a challenge as we don’t have one set of established norms. And overwhelming! I know I am not the...

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UU Barbie

Unless you have very carefully been living in a tent with no access to the news, social media, or most people, you know that a movie about Barbie dolls has been much talked about, written about, and seen, frequently by the same person more than once. You can count me...

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Transgressive Religion

On Sunday, we talked about Queering the Church — questioning and challenging the status quo, the beliefs, behaviors, tastes, etc. that society has decided are “normal.” (Which is often tied up with power and privilege.) Unitarian Universalism is a transgressive religion. We challenge the common understandings of religion. The expectations...

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A Community Comes Together

In explaining Live Oak to new folks, I sometimes talk about how we consider part of our mission to be a community center to the larger “parish” we’re in. This isn’t just about the rentals and use of space for non-profits. We seek to enrich our connections with others in...

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Changing the Principles

The UUA General Assembly met this past week. One of the business items was to vote on changing Article II of the UUA bylaws. This is the section that covers the purpose of the Unitarian Universalist Association, the principles and the sources of our living tradition. Those principles were voted...

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Joys and Sorrows about Pride

On Thursday, June 8, members of Live Oak joined me at the Cedar Park city hall for their City Council Meeting, where there would be an official proclamation about LGBTQIA Pride Month in our area. What should have been a fully joyful time was dimmed by the news that a...

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Mind the Corners!

Some summers, things at Live Oak kind of slow down. But not this year! And especially with our hosting the Queer EmPower Pride Conference and Festival on July 15, we are expecting lots of visitors to our Sunday services. Every Sunday, potential new friends and church members walk through our...

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There are More of Us

Our intern minister, Carrie, has a poster up in her office, reminding her that “We are many, they are few.” These days, it’s an important reminder. The laws passed by our legislature, and around the country, try to tell us otherwise. It is easy to believe that those of us...

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