“A Gilded Cage”


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


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 […]

“An Evening with Doug” Interfaith Discussion


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 […]

An Evening with Doug – Part 1


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 […]

Queen of Heaven, Sermon by Lora Barnett


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 […]