Sermons by Rev. Tamara Casanova Suzuki

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Red, White and UU

Annie Dillard writes: “It is madness to wear ladies’ straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews…” Come join Rev. Tamara on this Fourth of July week-end as she explores what it means to […]

The Cowardly Lion Speaks

It is said that courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. Today we explore the human experience of courage as we gain inspiration for the journey ahead

Cultivating a Hospitable Heart

The spiritual practice of hospitality is rooted in a sense of radical openness: to ourselves, to others, and to life itself. Today we explore this ancient practice by focusing on what it means for us personally and what it might mean for our congregation.

UU Theology 101

We stand in the flowing river of time as we covenant to support not just this cherished community at Live Oak, but our larger and very proud faith tradition. On this Celebration Sunday, as we come together in gratitude for all we have found at Live Oak, we lift our eyes to see where we […]

Those Who Serve


Today, in this post-election day service, we look at the concept of service. Service to others is a central theme of the spiritual journey and now more than ever, service becomes an imperative. How will we navigate the months ahead, working together to counter the narrative of hate and racism? Come join together on this […]

….and we let go…


What would happen in our lives if we held on to everything: things material, experiences from the past, anxiety over the future? Our series on Spiritual Practices continues with an exploration of the practice of letting go.

Moral Intuition and the American Electorate


This is an invitation to “take the red pill” (a reference from the movie The Matrix if you’re wondering.) Join Rev. Tamara as she explores the deeply held beliefs that divide us as a country (and sometimes divide us even within our own families) and ponders the possibility of a way forward.

Claim Your Power!


The concept of power takes on great significance in this election cycle. This morning we explore this concept and how we might move toward a greater claiming of our power, both personal and political