Sermons by Rev. Tamara Casanova Suzuki

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Bending the Arc


It is said that justice properly understood is love. Today we consider the words of Micah (6:8): “Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”

Not Another F*#!ing Growth Experience!


How shall we live when life seems determined to knock us down again and again? What does our faith teach us about living through hard times? Whether we are struggling in our personal lives or struggling with “the times” this morning we explore how we can build up our ability to respond in constructive and […]

The Beginning of Faith


It is said that skepticism and doubt are the beginnings of faith. Today, as we welcome new members to our Live Oak community, let’s explore what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist and keep the faith!

Walking the Labrinth


Labyrinths have been used for countless centuries as a form of moving meditation and prayer, a metaphor for life’s journey. Join us today as we learn about labyrinths as a spiritual practice, have the opportunity to experience this ancient practice, and consider making a labyrinth for use at Live Oak (and perhaps beyond)

Collateral Beauty


In our polarized nation of today, we have lost our way in understanding that we must all be concerned with the common good. This year, Rev. Tamara will explore various facets of a broadly defined common good, beginning with the concept of beauty. What does it take to become a beautiful person? To see beauty […]

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.