On the day of this historic election I would like to share with you a reflection from UCC minister, Maren Tirabassi:

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I vote the future

I vote my grandchild’s education

and my grandchild’s grandchild’s earth.

I vote the future.

I vote my faith in the gifts

to this country

of a child who is today 

running from the wars of Syria,

eating frijoles con arroz in Guatemala.

I vote the future.

I vote for water protectors

in the cold winds of North Dakota,

and Racists Anonymous

meeting in a church basement

to take the first step 

in recovery of the heart.

I vote the future.

I vote the memory of the gifts

of veterans and poets,

of the framers of constitution

and the people who walk 

a long afternoon knocking

with a knob hanger in their hands

for even the slammed door.

I vote the future.

With my debate-tired ears

and my email petition red eyes

I choose one candidate and another,

a President of the United States,

a Sheriff and a City Clerk.

I say yes or no on a change

for my state or my town.

I buy a cookie 

at the election day bake sale.

It doesn’t look glamorous.

It doesn’t feel brave,

I don’t expect the news media

of all the world

to watch my small act of faith.

But, for the sake 

of my grandchild’s grandchild,

I vote the future.

 

Dear Ones,

Below is a note from a member, Adrienne Elenteny, who is being recognized for her humanitarian efforts at this  project, “Progressive Transitions”, for young women who have been arrested for solicitations.

I’d love for a group of us from Skyline to go to the event to support her. Let me know if you’re interested!

Blessings – Laurie

Dear Friends,

I am reaching out to you regarding an upcoming event in November which supports an Alameda County Court Diversion Program called Progressive Transition(s).  The program is available for 18+ year-olds, who have been arrested for solicitation.

On September 26, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed important legislation decriminalizing prostitution for minors.   SB 1322 prohibits the arrest of people under the age of 18 for soliciting which effectively shields those young people from criminal penalties.   Progressive Transition(s) offers an alternative to a criminal conviction to young women who are 18 or older, in recognition that these young people began as commercially exploited children.

Many of the participants and graduates of Progressive Transition(s) were “groomed” starting at an early age in what Ms. La Toya Gix, an advocate at the Alameda County District Attorney’s office described as the “Ho-ho’s to heels” pipeline.    Meaning that Ms. Gix got gifts of sweets when she was a youngster and shoes as she grew older.   She equated these gifts as her exploiter’s love for her.  (KQED Radio: Forum, August 4, 2016)

Progressive Transition(s) offers these young people the opportunity to participate in a variety of programs including educational, vocational, mental health counseling and health services as a substitute to a criminal conviction.   Please see this link to the program and watch the video on the webpage for more information.

The funding for Progressive Transition(s) has been donation based, so your help would be invaluable to offering a different path to this vulnerable population.  The Gala includes great music, food and dancing and will make for a super fun Saturday night.

If you represent, or know of, an agency, organization, business or individual that you think might be interested in supporting the Gala or Progressive Transition(s) please let us know.   There will be community leaders from the courts, city/county agencies and businesses.   Sponsorship opportunities and organization recognition are available by contacting Alex Arteaga (aarteaga@progressivetransitions.org).

Look forward to seeing you there!

November 5, 2016, at 6:00 p.m.,

Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit Street,

Oakland, CA 94609

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Sunday, October 9, After Services:

Justice & Witness Team will have information on ballot measures that we can discuss after church and/or take home with us.  We will have the recommendations on State measure by California Church Impact, League of Women Voters, and Ella Baker Center, and on Local measures by Oakland Community Organizations and League of Women Voters.  We will also be registering voters – so if you haven’t registered to vote yet, you can do so here!  Please join us!   Nancy Taylor: (510-530-0814) ngtaylor94619@yahoo.com

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National Coming Out Day is Oct 11 and Skyline will honor the journeys of our LGBTQ family through personal sharing, songs, and sermon. We do this every year, along with churches throughout the country.  Here is where all can find a home; where we can raise our awareness and compassion. We’ll have:

  • Powerful personal reflections from members and friends
  • Fabulous Music!
  • Community love and awareness

Invite your friends, family and neighbors in your LGBTQ community to discover Skyline’s open and affirming welcome.

Spread the word – see our event on Facebook, share it with friends, and respond there if you are coming.  Thank you!

this-changes-everything_final-2Friday, October 7,

6:30 Dinner – Vegetarian – RSVP, see below

7:30 Movie & Discussion * Paul Rockwell, local journalist will be facilitating our discussion.*

All are Welcome.

Our Green Team is hosting this film based on Naomi Klein’s book of the same title. From the website: “Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, [the film] is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better. “

Skyline will provide the main course including beer and wine,suggested donation $10 or bring salad, dessert, appetizer to share. PLEASE RSVP to Catherine Kessler for dinner by Oct 5!  Thank you! (510-531-8212;  cath.kessler@comcast.net

joy-nature-sunsetIt certainly is hot these days!

Were you one of the 81 million people who watched the presidential debates live on Monday?

I watched it, along with about 200 other people at Everett and Jones BBQ in Jack London square. The location was sweltering hot given Monday’s 90 degree temp; the crowd of rowdy, emotional people; and the huge portions of steaming hot BB chicken and ribs. It was surreal- a bit like watching a Warriors game during the playoffs with a bunch of Warriors fans.

I imagined during the evening the millions of other viewers and voters watching with other like- minded people, and I was thinking about how polarized our country has become. More than ever, we need to learn ways to open up conversations with people very different from us in order to find common ground;  from our most intimate relationships, to our global geo-political relationships, to our relationship with the earth and with all of creation.

This Sunday we celebrate World Communion and the feast of one of my favorite saints, St Francis, lover of the poor, and lover of all creatures.

I invite you on this World Communion Sunday, to join us as we seek to bring forth a truer sense of communion within ourselves, with all people, and with all of life. Join us for our annual Blessing of the Animals on Sunday at 3 pm! And like us on Facebook!

I leave you with the refrain from St Francis’s Canticle of the Sun:

The heavens are telling the glory of God, 
And all creation is shouting for joy! 
Come, dance in the forest, come, play in the field, 
And sing, sing to the glory of the Lord! 

Listen here!
Blessings,  Pastor Laurie,   (421-2646) revlauriemanning@aol.com

Join us for Opera Noir’s Community Concert presentation of Requiem 4 Reconciliation.   Artistic Director J. Rosalynn Smith-Clark stated,  “I must sing my sorrow, and love for all mankind.  I must create, for in creating I find hope.”   These concerts are an opportunity for Opera Noir to bring beauty and hope in a diverse and multi-cultural program. The company has garnered critical acclaim for the unique way they blend Jazz, Blues, Gospel, and Classical music.  This concert is no exception.  Tickets are FREE for Seniors 65+ and for Students 12+ With Current Student ID; General Admission:  $ 10 –purchase your tickets here.  Here’s more about the Opera Noir and the creator behind it,  J. Rosalynn Smith-Clark

Requiem Skyline II (1)

 

pride2015-Boyd photo everyone by car smallVisit Skyline’s Oakland Pride Booth Sunday, September 11: 11 am – 4 pm

We  have a booth, and will march in the parade!  Suzie will drive her car again, carrying Skyline’s own “Queen Rhea”! David G. has created huge butterfly wings!  We have many members and friends taking part, so come visit!  The excitement is starting to build!

Enter at these locations:

Main Entrance: Broadway & 20th Street (exit 19th St BART Station)

Webster Entrance: Webster & 21st Street

17th St Entrance: 17th Street & Franklin

Parade –  begins 10:30 AM at Broadway & 14th Street and goes to Broadway & matthew banna at pride booth
20th.  

There is almost NO PARKING at the event. It is recommended that you take BART in. You may drive (carpooling is good, too) to Rockridge BART or another BART station,  park your car there, and BART to the 19th ST. BART station the festival is right there as you exit BART.  BART back out when you leave.  BART parking is free on weekends.   A round-trip fare from Rockridge (or Fruitvale) to 19th St. is $3.70.  Most lines go through the 19th St. station. Check a map if you’re not sure which train to take to get you to 19th St. BART station: http://www.bart.gov/tickets/calculator

Jubilee USA and Jubilee East Bay invite you to a presentation and discussion:

 Payday Loans, the Panama Papers and Poverty

Why the fight to end extreme poverty is global and winnable

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Skyline Community Church,

12540 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619  Click here for Directions

 

You are also invited to join us for worship at 10:00am (Andrew Hanauer preaching)

And Free Brunch at 11:30  

RSVP for brunch to Nancy Montier 510-531-8212. office@skylineucc.org, http://www.skylineucc.org/

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Building an inclusive economy requires changing the structures and policies that trap more than one billion people in extreme poverty around the world – and fuel poverty and inequality right here in the United States. Learn about how these structures intertwine from the East Bay to Ethiopia and how we can build an economy that works for all.

Speaker:
Andrew Hanauer is the Campaigns Director at Jubilee USA. Andrew represents Jubilee in policy meetings with the White House, Congress, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations. He serves on steering committees at the United Nations and with the Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency Coalition. Andrew’s views on poverty and economic policy appear in news outlets including Al Jazeera, Pacifica Radio, Common Dreams and The Washington Free Beacon.

Jubilee USA is a coalition of 550 US faith communities and 75 national organizations working with 50 global Jubilee partners. Jubilee USA promotes debt, tax and trade policies to end poverty and solve financial crisis. Our efforts build an economy that serves, protects and promotes participation of the vulnerable.

Jubilee East Bay, a coalition of individuals and 20 congregations based in the Bay Area, works with Jubilee USA through education and local organizing.

For more information, contact Linda Young at zmom@comcast.net, see Facebook

RSVP to Nancy Montier for brunch: 510-531-8212. office@skylineucc.org, http://www.skylineucc.org/

http://www.jubileeusa.org/home.html

August 14

Volunteers – St. Mary’s CenterSt. Mary's Nancy Paula
925 Brockhurst St. Oakland

Driveway to off-street parking is on San Pablo Ave.
(between 33rd & 32nd St.)

Skyline Church volunteers help provide a delicious meal for seniors and needy residents. This is part of the Food for all Ages program by Sister Marilyn Medau –enriching the giver as well as the receiver. Skyline Church has participated for many years — it’s always great fellowship, fun, and spiritually rewarding.

 

Participate in anySt. Mary's Nila and of the following:

  • Meal Preparation 10:30 AM OR
    Cleanup 2:30-3:30 PM
  • Serve Meal 1:30-2:30 PM OR
    provide a home-baked dessert (Apple crisp recipe available)

Contact:  Michael Armijo or Catherine Kessler  at (510) 530-7688.

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