Our Furry, Feathered, and Finned Friends

In our intentional village that is Live Oak, the one part of our lives we often don’t get the opportunity to share is that we share with our pet companions. This Sunday, we do exactly that with our Animal Blessing service. It will be in our church backyard, right off...

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Music and Pets – Special Services!

We’ve got two special worship services coming up and I wanted to bring them to your attention. (And also ask about a specific element you might be interested in.) First, this Sunday is our annual Choir Sunday. This year, the theme is “Harmonies of the East: Exploring Asian Folk Songs.”...

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Huzzah!

I grew up in the Houston area, close enough to the Texas Renaissance Festival that I had friends who worked there every fall. As a young pre-teen, I went with my big brother and his friends, feeling very cool in doing so. As I got older, there were different things...

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The Roseto Effect

Last November, preaching on the topic of “communal resilience,” I told the story of Roseto, Pennsylvania and what is now referred to among sociologists and medical doctors as “the Roseto Effect.” In the late 1880s, the town of Roseto Valfortore, Italy, was going through a period of poverty. Several young...

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LOVE NOTES to Live Oak

Love Notes to Live Oak Identify a place on the Live Oak campus Why is that place special to you? Any place outside I am an outside person, so I always enjoy being out in the open, and we do have an attractive property. But most important is the fact...

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A Delicious Reflection of Asian Cultural Identity

One of the remarkable aspects of Asian food is its ability to bridge generations and create connections. For many Asian Americans, food holds memories of family gatherings, celebrations, and shared meals. Traditional dishes prepared with love and care bring back fond memories from times past. The aroma of fragrant spices,...

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Mahatma Gandhi’s Influence on the Civil Rights Movement

Mahatma Gandhi’s approach to social and political change through nonviolent means resonated with several prominent figures in the Civil Rights Movement, most notably Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King was deeply influenced by Gandhi’s teachings and methods, which he discovered during his studies of the Indian independence movement. Gandhi’s concept...

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Fighting for the “Folk Devil”

Last fall, I gave a sermon about moral panics such as the “Satanic Panic” of the 1980s. A moral panic involves whipped-up hysteria about an identified “folk devil.” The folk devil is usually a marginalized group, and a narrative is made about them that outrages the public as they see...

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Proposed Bylaws Change to Membership

At the May 21st Congregational Meeting a proposed change to the bylaws will be presented for member approval.  The changes are to Article 5: Membership.   If you have questions or wish to provide feedback, please email stewardship@liveoakuu.org The proposed changes were developed by the Stewardship Committee.  In the past,...

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Living with Amazement

Mary Oliver was a poet especially beloved by Unitarian Universalists for her ability to bring a spiritual lens to the ordinary. In her poem Sometimes, she writes: Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. This past Sunday, I talked a little bit about the importance...

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