Unitarian Universalism rests on a belief that we human beings belong to each other, and have a responsibility to care for one another. We’re called to make the conscious choice to bless the world. We don’t have to save the world all by ourselves, but to turn away from the overwhelming task of repair is simply not an option.

At Live Oak, we undertake service and social justice projects knowing that our work won’t fulfill our community’s every need; we might never witness the ripple effects of our compassion and generosity. But we serve, and repair, the world with compassion because we are compelled to, as members of the human family living interdependently.

Below are a few ways that we choose to bless the world, with joy and without reservation.

Food Offering for Goleta Head Start

Every Sunday, we take a food offering for the children and families served by Goleta Head Start, a federally-funded childcare program that serves low-income working parents. Over 40 Goleta families are served through food, workshops, and family counseling. The Live Oak community is the only source of food, besides the food bank, for take-home food.

You can help by bringing food every week. Please add these items to your shopping list, and leave them in your car so that you don’t forget them on Sunday. You will be helping feed families in poverty with your donations of: pinto beans, white rice, legumes, cereal, peanut butter, tomato sauce, fruit, whole wheat bread, masa harina, and pasta. (The program’s supervisor graciously asks that we avoid bringing red kidney beans, Nesquik, juice, and shredded wheat.)

To Build the Common Good: 3rd Sunday “half-basket giveaway”

In the spring of 2006, our Board decided to make financial giving a regular part of Live Oak’s worship life. On the third Sunday of every month, we give away half of the morning’s offering to a local or a Unitarian Universalist non-profit. Following is a list of those recipients, with the amounts collected:

In 2014, our congregation gave over $5,500 to local and Unitarian Universalist organizations.

  • January: HEAL $225.00
  • February: Goleta Headstart $348.00; Haiti Soleil $534.00
  • March: UU Legislative $135; Transition House $228.00
  • April 6: Goleta Headstart $241.50;  April 20 iCan Ride Bike Camp $215.00
  • May: UULM-CA, $260.50; Interfaith Habitat For Humanity Day $357.50
  • June: Doctors Without Walls, $237.00
  • July: UUJMCA (formerly UULM-CA) $123.00; Youth Interactive Camp Think! $223
  • August: Goleta Headstart $162;  Camp deBenneville Pines $145
  • September: UUJMCA $280; UUSC Tire Garden Project $353.50.
  • October: Goleta Head Start $250; Transition House $267
  • November: Camp DeBenneville, $348; Food Bank of Santa Barbara $335.40
  • December: “Be Christmas” $422.65;

In 2012, our congregation gave over ______ to local and Unitarian Universalist organizations.

In 2011, our congregation gave over $2,300 to local and Unitarian Universalist organizations.

  • January: UU Congregation of Klamath Falls, OR, $201.50
  • February: Food Bank of Santa Barbara, $201.50
  • March: Casa Esperanza, $244.00
  • April: Community Environmental Council, $123.00
  • May: 2011 Severe Storm Fund, $196.50
  • June: UU Clara Barton District (Mass.) Tornado Fund, $236.50
  • July: Santa Barbara/Goleta Chumash Community, to support the international tribal gathering in Puget Sound, $186.00
  • August: UU Service Committee’s Somalia and East Africa Relief Fund, $216.25
  • September: Pacific Pride Foundation, $212.50
  • October: UUA Association Sunday 2011
  • November: Planned Parenthood, $206.57
  • December: Santa Barbara Foodbank, $181.50

In 2010, our congregation gave over $5,275 to local and Unitarian Universalist organizations!

  • January: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (Haiti Earthquake Relief) $871.13
  • February: PUEBLO, $171.50
  • March: Planned Parenthood, $144.25
  • April: Community Environmental Council, $128.50
  • May: UUA Tennessee/Kentucky Flood Relief Fund, $130.56
  • June: Pacific Pride Foundation, $220
  • July: Kiva, $1,026!
  • September: Food Bank of Santa Barbara, $84.16
  • (October: none)
  • November: Camp De Benneville: $93.59
  • December: Live Oak’s Transition House Fund (for preparing meals), $317.18
  • In addition to these 3rd Sunday gifts, our members gave $922.80 to UU Legislative Ministry, and $1,141.25 to buy food for the families of Goleta Head Start — which means….

In 2009, our congregation gave over $3,299 to local and Unitarian Universalist organizations!

  • January: Pacific Pride Foundation, $117.00
  • February: Transition House, $884.00
  • March: Food Bank (Children’s Hunger Initiative), $277.81
  • April: gift cards for free meals (to be distributed by Live Oak members), $161.33
  • and UU Legislative Ministry, $115.90
  • May: Red Cross, Santa Barbara chapter, $362.37
  • June: Starr King Parent-Child Workshop (in memory of Hanne Sonquist), $187.50
  • July: Pacific Pride Foundation, $81.00
  • August: Community Environmental Council, $161.06
  • and UU Legislative Ministry, $58.00
  • September: scholarships for Live Oak campers at De Benneville Pines camp-out, $197
  • October: Pacific Pride Foundation, $185.14
  • and UU Legislative Ministry, $149.18
  • November: Camp De Benneville Pine, $203.50
  • December: SB Food Pantry, $158.71

In 2008, our congregation gave $3,107.11 to local and Unitarian Universalist organizations!

In the 2007-2008 congregational and fiscal year, our congregation gave $2,752.19 to local and Unitarian Universalist organizations!

  • January: Camp de Benneville Pines, $130.50
  • February: Health Care for All – California, $276.67
  • March: Community Counseling and Education Center, $174.00
  • April: Community Environmental Council, $97.50
  • May: Habitat for Humanity (Santa Barbara affiliate), $170.50
  • June and July: Live Oak Buddhist Sangha, $251.05
  • August: La Patera PTA, $186
  • September: UU Church of Blanchard Valley (Findlay, Ohio) — flood relief, $140
  • October: Unitarian Universalist Association’s growth initiative, $291
  • November: Pacific Southwest District (of the UUA) Fire Relief Fund, $234.50.
  • December: Pacific Pride Foundation, $192.56
  • AND…our two Christmas Eve offerings resulted in a gift of $840 to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund! Thank you!

In the 2006-2007 congregational and fiscal year, our congregation gave $2,190.47 to local and Unitarian Universalist organizations!

  • April: Transition House, $245.50
  • May: McKinley Elementary School Creative Arts Program, $178.44
  • June: UU Service Committee, $212.50
  • July: Pacific Pride Foundation, $144.00
  • August: Goleta Head Start, $156.50
  • (money was used to buy food for Head Start, not given as a direct contribution)
  • September: First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans, $193.50
  • October: UU Legislative Ministry, $242.30
  • November: UU Service Committee, $278.50
  • December: Hospice of Santa Barbara, $200.00