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 […]

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

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“Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got. Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot. Wouldn’t you like to get away? Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came.” Recognize these words? They are from a popular television show […]

The Way of Authenticity

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Each life has its share of mishaps, but there will also be a measure of beauty. Our search for truth and meaning can raise awareness of a sublime inner dimension. We honor our inherent worth and dignity when we draw from our truest best selves. Live Oak charter member Jonathan Young will explore the adventures […]

Roots Hold Me Close

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Summer is a season for digging in the dirt and tending the garden of the soul. We all need strong roots to nourish our growth and help us move through the seasons of our ever-changing lives. Our roots give us a sense of safety and belonging. They hold us through storms of love and loss, […]

Building Bridges in the Midst of Turmoil

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In a world where taking a stand often connotes polarization and alienation from one another, we will explore living examples where bridges are built rather than walls. Rev. Melitta L. Haslund is a life-long Unitarian Universalist, a UU Parish Minister, an On-Call Hospital Chaplain, Adjunct Professor of World Religions at Santa Barbara City College.

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 […]

Stories of Our Fathers

Members of Live Oak share their stories of their fathers and the men who shaped who they are.