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 […]
August 16: Again and Again Rev. Tamara Casanova Suzuki
Gabor Maté has written, “The possibility of renewal exists so long as life exists. How to support that possibility in others and in ourselves is the ultimate question.” Renewal, seasons, time: all is change. Today we pause to explore the possibility of renewal in an ancient spiritual practice of stillness and silence.
August 23: A Summer’s Chat with Rev. Tamara Rev. Tamara Casanova Suzuki with Al Ronyecz
As the summer winds down, we’ll take this chance to ask our minister questions about, well, whatever we have been wondering lately whether theological, personal, spiritual, humorous, etc. Please send any questions via email to Rev. Tamara by August 17.
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.
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
Summertime is supposed to be when “the living’ is easy.” What about summertime spirituality, is that also easy?
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, […]
Join Live Oak member, Subhana, in reflection on how bread making is a metaphor for spiritual transformation in our everyday lives.
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.
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 […]