Live Oak Friends Meeting Thanks Donors

As our city and the surrounding areas work on recovering from Hurricane Harvey, we are grateful for the many donations and expressions of care and concern. We received donations from more than ninety individuals, Quaker Meetings and Friends Churches in many areas of the country. We are grateful that so many thought of us when there are so many needs in the world.

During a three day period, the Greater Houston area and parts of southeast Texas received between thirty and fifty-six inches of rain as Hurricane Harvey decayed into a tropical storm. In some places the water was relatively “clean” as creeks and bayous overflowed, but in others storm water was mixed with overflowing sewerage treatment plants and releases from reservoirs. Now in mid-November, media reports say that there are still 150,000 families displaced from their homes or rental units, with total damage estimates in the billions of dollars. The Friends Church in Friendswood, Texas, sustained some damage as did more than thirty of their members. We sent two work crews to Friendswood to help them “muck out” homes and made a major donation to their recovery fund.

Our buildings and property were undamaged, but three families in the meeting community lost cars or sustained damage to their homes. Your contributions helped them replace cars and get started with the repair process even before insurance paid its share.

Our process charged our Finance Committee with accounting for and acknowledging contributions, while our Care and Concern Committee dealt with the distribution of funds. In the distribution process, we wanted to move as quickly as possible and provide funds where small amounts could have the greatest impact as well as address unmet needs or under-served populations. Those organizations with links to their websites are listed below.

Again we are extremely grateful to all who contributed and who expressed concern for our well-being.

Friendswood Friends Church

Altruist Relief

West Street Recovery, Houston

Mama Rosie’s Feed the Hungry 

Hurricane Harvey Community Relief Foundation of the Texas Organizing Project (TOP)

Southeast Texas Food Bank, Beaumont

Transgender Foundation of American

Best Friends Animal Society



We are a culturally open,  inclusive, family-oriented community, with attenders from diverse spiritual and social backgrounds.  All are welcome to worship with us.  We are also seekers who meet in silent worship expecting to experience direct communion with God, the divine Spirit that infuses all life.  A fundamental Quaker belief is that there is "that of God in everyone." We strive to remain mindful of this, listening and looking for and responding to ‘that of God’ in each other in our daily interactions.  We also seek to conduct our lives according to the Quaker testimonies of integrity, equality, simplicity, and peace. 

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The Meeting was founded in 1954, and has been growing ever since. Our Meetinghouse is also a Skyspace, the conception of James Turrell, a well-known artist who is also a Quaker. The architect is Leslie Elkins. Many generous donors from Houston, around the world and within the Meeting helped us fund the Meetinghouse.

The Meeting has about 75 attenders each week (plus or minus). Child care is provided. We have programs for both adult and children's religious education in addition to Meeting for Worship. Live Oak Friends Meeting is affiliated with Bayou Quarterly Meeting, South Central Yearly Meeting, and Friends General Conference.

We are currently in the process of moving this website to the Quaker Cloud; feel free to check out our new website at https://www.fgcquaker.org/cloud/live-oak-friends-meeting-houston.  After everything is moved, you will be able to reach the new site using www.friendshouston.org.


Seekers Gathering, which is an opportunity for attenders to share questions and experiences regarding Quaker faith and practice. We will include a discussion of criticisms of non-violent resistance to evil as outlined by well-known Russian author Leo Tolstoy in his book "The Kingdom of God is Within You." chapter 2.

Posted 1/19/2018

Alex will lead the discussion in Adult First Day about two more recipients of our monetary support: Ramallah Friends School and Texas Impact.

Posted 1/12/2018

Two fellow Quakers will share the lessons and gifts they attained while walking the Camino De Santiago in 2017. They will share how the Quaker values showed up during their journeys and how their lives have been impacted post-pilgrimage"

Posted 1/3/2018

Seekers Gathering will discuss the text of the Gospel of Thomas, which is an early Christian non-canonical sayings-gospel that many scholars believe provides insight into the oral gospel traditions. The text was discovered in Egypt in 1945. More information at

Posted 12/26/2017