REV. ELIZABETH (BETS) WIENECKE (1936-2017) “REFLECTIONS”

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BETS WIENECKE, Minister Emeritus at Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Goleta, was interviewed a few weeks before she passed on December 28, 2017. In this remarkable and moving interview, Bets demonstrates her unconditional love for family, friends and colleagues, as well as her courage and honesty. As you will see, Bets exudes loads of wisdom […]

Bending the Arc

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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!

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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

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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!

PK’s, UU’s and Evangelism?

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PKs, UUs, and Evangelism?!? What kind of title is that for a sermon?! If you are curious, please invite a friend and come join us as Michael Guinn (a local UU writer, speaker and singer) shares how he and Unitarian Universalism both turned 56 this year and what a long strange trip its been.

There is a Season

As the Earth continues her revolution around the Sun, we wake up to shorter, cooler days and the nuances of a Santa Barbara fall. Just as the rhythms and patterns of nature change, so do the rhythms and patterns of our lives. Join Gloria Liggett, Jim Wells, and Kendra Wise in exploring the seasons of […]

Walking the Labrinth

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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

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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 […]