July 15,2021
This Week
July 18, 2021
Cancel Culture, Consequences, and Redemption
Michael Van Slyke
Societies have used public censure and shunning to punish social transgressions for thousands of years. Today, our instant communication has added a new twist to this. But after someone is shunned for bad behavior what comes next? How do we, as members of society, leave space for our errant members to learn, grow, and eventually rejoin us? Join guest speaker Michael Van Slyke as he explores a few ideas about appropriate apologies, redemption, and building a future where both of these things are more normalized.
Michael Van Slyke has been a member of Live Oak UU Church since 2014. He is an illustrator, luthier, singer. and crafter. He's also a proud social justice warrior whose missives about history, justice, race, and progressivism can often be seen on his social media. He has sung for the Live Oak UU congregation many times and is now expanding into occasionally speaking his truth as a guest at the pulpit. He has been married to his smarter, more elegant better half, Harmoni Anderson since 2013.

Join us for Worship at 10:00am: the link will be on the Live Oak homepage: www.liveoakuu.org

Join us for Fellowship Time immediately following the service (approx. 10:45/11:00): https://link.liveoakuu.org/FellowshipHour
Share the Plate
Help support a place of retreat for UUs.
Live Oak’s Share the Plate recipient for July is UBarU, a UU camp and retreat center near Kerrville. Some of our members have enjoyed UBarU offerings for years but if you haven’t, check out the opportunities at this 142-acre property. There are e-events, summer camps for kids and teenagers, adult retreats just ahead in October and a Star Party coming up on Labor Day weekend. It’s a place for UUs and friends to play, learn and feed the spirit. Learn more at www.ubaru.org.

To help support UBarU, go to the Donate link on the Live Oak website’s home page. Use the drop down menu to designate your donation for “Share the Plate”.

June recipient: Critter Crusaders - $324.25
A Few Words from the DLFD
Faith Development 7.12 to 7.18.21
This week's news...read more
Special Notices
Board Meeting Sunday
The Board of Trustees will be conducting an open meeting this Sunday, July 17 at 1pm via Zoom. Topics to be discussed will include an updated mission statement and other regular business. The agenda can be found here. All are welcome to attend.

Live Oak Church will be distributing food to our neighbors at Fresh Food Friday and need volunteers to help.

Some of the “regulars” will not be available this month so help will be greatly appreciated.

* Friday, July 16 @ 8:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in the Live Oak parking lot. This is when we distribute the food to our neighbors. Volunteers are needed to set up, direct people to the drive through area, collect client information, and place food in the client’s trunk. You do not need to remain the entire 2 & 1/2 hours. HCCM has asked for 7 people for each activity. We are asking you to please let us know if you will be able to participate in either activity, so we know if we have enough or too many people. To RSVP or for any questions please contact Donna Durbin at: HCCM@liveoakuu.org
Women's Labyrinth Group on Zoom
Sunday, July 18, 6:30-9 pm
We have rescheduled this month’s finger labyrinth walk for the third Sunday evening of the month. We will return to our usual second Sunday evening next month on August 8. We gather for a sharing circle followed by a finger labyrinth walk, focusing on sending and receiving love, support, and healing energy. Please join us as we walk the twists and turns of our lives and support each other along the path—the path that “calls us from the center of who we are and who we long to be.” The group is open to women high school age and older. The Zoom link with be sent via email for those who are on the email list for the Women’s Labyrinth Group. If you need a copy of the Live Oak Labyrinth and/or the Zoom link, contact: Linda Webster

Save the Date - Saturday, Sept 25
Mark your calendar right now for an all day Recovery and Healing Retreat, sponsored by the Healthy Community Team, on September 25. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for this guided retreat that will help us to process our experiences from the past year, heal as individuals and as a community, and look forward to the future. More details will come later, but we're hoping everyone can be there, so "save the date" now!

Live Oak UU Covid-19 Policy
Update for the Summer
For Live Oak members planning on using church grounds over the summer for meetings or gatherings the following is the Covid-19 policy:

Outside: Groups can gather without masks. Again please be cognizant of others with their comfort levels about social distancing and masks.

Inside (schedule with Administrator!):  
  • Groups ≤ 20 members in size can meet without masks as long as all members consent.  
  • Groups of more than 20 members should wear masks. Masks should be worn in common areas such as hallways or bathrooms as people may come into contact with others not necessarily in the meeting.
  • Groups with children should always wear masks.

Again these are temporary restrictions over the summer, and we will continue to relax restrictions with updates from health authorities. Read more
Live Oak Seniors' Coffee Hour
Join us for Coffee hour on Thursdays at 10:30am. On the 1st & 3rd week of the month, Rev. Joanna will lead a lively discussion. The other weeks will be an informal gathering. The Zoom link will be on the What's Happening page.
LiveOakUU.org Pages to Visit:
Worship Service & Fellowship Hour: http://www.liveoakuu.org/
Community Outreach & Social Justice: http://www.liveoakuu.org/justice/
In the Community
UBarU Camp & Retreat Center is offering e-events to help you connect with camp and with each other. All the details are at http://ubaru.org/home/e-events. The cottages are available for personal and family get-aways. Just send me an email and we can confirm plans. Details about rates and accommodations

Each Friday at 6:30 p.m.   Join us for Friday Fellowship with Rev. Betty. Friday Fellowship includes meditation, readings, homily and discussion. All are welcome! Co-sponsored by UU Free Range Ministry and UBarU Camp & Retreat Center registration

Each Friday at 10 a.m. Friday  Dance as a spiritual practice, for all ages (adults and kids), genders, abilities, and fitness levels. Set an intention for joy, energy, movement, and community. Open to UUs and wider community, led by Community Minister Rev. Erin Walter. Questions or song requests, contact erinjwalter@gmail.com  link

Details at www.ubaru.org:
Star Party 9/3 - 9/6
Men Aligned Fall Retreat   October 1-3, 2021 
Women Aligned fall retreat October 15-17, 2021

The deadline for the weekly e-newsletter and the Sunday announcements is midnight on Tuesday. The submission form can be found here
If you have any questions or comments about this Newsletter please email: editor@liveoakuu.org