Positive Trauma

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In our fast paced culture, enlightenment can seem at best a pipe dream and at worst yet one more commodified task to add to our ever growing list of achievements to one day get around to and feel jealous about on Facebook. Yet,the Buddha teaches us that enlightenment is completely natural and universally available to […]

Mothers on Mothering

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This Mothers’ Day four Live Oak women will share their experiences of mothering. They will be speaking from their hearts as they tell their own personal stories of raising children, from being the mother of a young one to being a grandmother.

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

“A Gilded Cage”

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What does it mean to be privileged? What about implicit bias? We hear these terms frequently these days and for many of us who have been long committed to justice work it can seem a bit disheartening to learn that despite our best efforts we are still caught up in an unfair system. This system […]

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 […]

Salvation, Redemption and Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education

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As a congregation, we have long history of providing the Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education program to youth in our community. Most of us understand this work as life-affirming (and saving!) as well as justice-making. But what theologies are active in this work and how are we changed as individuals and as a community as […]