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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
In February, Rev. Tamara and her daughter Naomi attended the 2017 International Unitarian Universalist Women’s Convocation. Join us this morning as they share their experience at this gathering.
Kicking off our 2017 stewardship season, Rev. Tamara takes stock of our Live Oak community: past, present, and future.
Join Rev. Tamara as she explores the practice of Lent and what it might mean in our lives to observe a time of examination, reflection, and ultimately, hope.
Rev. Roy Donkin of Cambridge Drive Community Church (Doug’s student 30 + years ago and currently Doug’s Pastor) moderates a discussion with Imam Yama Niazi of the Islamic Society of Santa Barbara, Rabbi Steve Cohen of Congregation B’nai B’rith of Santa Barbara and Rev. Dr. Doug Miller that followed Doug’s first half presentation. Janet Mocker […]
Rev. Tamara Casanova Suzuki introduces Rev. Roy Donkin of Cambridge Drive Community Church, who was Doug’s student 30+ years ago and is now Doug’s Pastor. Marty Jenkins, Business Manager of Showers of Blessing introduces Ken Ralph, General Manager and Linda McDaid Operations Manager of Showers of Blessing, a program that Doug Co-Founded in 2014. An […]
Did you know that God had a wife? Known by many names throughout ancient Mesopotamia, Her name was Asherah amongst the ancestors of the Jewish people and she was honored with cake by her devotees. Sadly, she was edited out of the Bible by later generations and thus only echoes remain. Join our ministerial student […]