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Our Town: Tahoe a slice of heaven for minister

Lisa Marsh / Special to the Tribune
Jonah M. Kessel / Tahoe Daily Tribune Ordained minister Lucie King stands underneath a colorful trellis at her Kingsbury Grade home.
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If living in a national forest with views of Lake Tahoe and blessing others is a way to be closer to God, then the Rev. Lucie King, licensed clinical social worker, is in her perfect place.

As a native of Wisconsin, King has lived and worked in Chicago, and traveled nationally and internationally, lecturing and teaching. But King says nothing compares with the slice of heaven she has found in Lake Tahoe, where she has lived for 16 years.

King was born in 1946 in Wawatosa, Wis., and grew up modestly in the suburbs. She attended college at the University of Wisconsin and graduated in 1970 with a master’s degree in social work.

She worked as a community organizer and in a residential treatment center for emotionally disturbed teenage girls in Wawatosa. After moving to Chicago in 1974, King ran a successful psychotherapy and training practice. Overseeing several other professionals, King worked with more than 150 patients at the pinnacle of her practice.

She has traveled extensively as a teaching member of the Transactional Analysis Association in the United States and abroad. And while traveling never has been her forte, seeing other cultures helped to shape her views on community and humanity.

In the early 1990s, King vacationed in Lake Tahoe and was amazed by the beauty and peace she felt here. She returned to Chicago, shifted her practice and moved within months. She continues to do transformational coaching locally and by phone with folks all over the country.

Endowed with a hearty spiritual side, “Rev. Lucie” – as she is known to many – also has performed hundreds of weddings, vow renewals and family blending ceremonies. An ordained minister through the Universal Life Church since 1993, King’s motto and business of “Celebrating Life” is an extension of her natural ability to honor those life passages. She has baptized children in the waters of Lake Tahoe and held vision quests in the nearby meadows.

King also has been an active member of the South Lake Tahoe business community. She has been an ambassador with the South Lake Tahoe Chamber and the Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce. She has been a member of Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe since 1996 and served as president from 2006 to 2007.

King still is full of ideas and enthusiasm to bring more people to a place of peace and joy within. By tapping into the beauty of her surroundings and her own understanding through years of working with others, she offers a joyful outlook on life, love and healing.

Here is how King answered the Tribune’s questions:

“As someone who added joy and laughter to the world.”

“The loss of the middle class and small business owners here. Those are the folks who add life and energy to the community, and invest their hearts in making this a wonderful place to live.”

“Gloria Steinem. She has been abreast of changes in the U.S. for years, and she understands equality and balance.”

“Being out in nature, because I feel close to God.”

“I thought and thought about this – and I don’t think I’d change a thing. My life’s events and lessons have all been correct and perfect as they are.”

“Jimmy Carter, because he follows his heart and is invested in good for the U.S. and the people who live here.”

“Eleanor Roosevelt. She was way ahead of her time, and she was able to add faith and belief in our country.”

“The Dalai Lama: Just sitting in his presence would be amazing!”

“Pulitzer Prize. I would like to write something people found inspiring and uplifting.”

“Segregation, because it supports separateness instead of wholeness, which is the way the world works (and wholeness is the focus of my work!).”


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