wisdom to survive

THURSDAY, MAY 5TH, POTLUCK7 PM- 8:30 PM

The Wisdom to Survive

Climate Change Capitalism & Community sponsored by our Green Team!

THE WISDOM TO SURVIVE accepts the consensus of scientists that climate change has already arrived, and asks, what is keeping us from action? The film explores how unlimited growth and greed are destroying the life support system of the planet, the social fabric of society, and the lives of billions of people.

Will we have the wisdom to survive? The film features thought leaders and activists in the realms of science, economics and spirituality discussing how we can evolve and take action in the face of climate disruption. They urge us to open ourselves to the beauty that surrounds us and get to work on ensuring it thrives.  See video preview here.

Among those featured are Bill McKibben, Joanna Macy, Nikki Cooley, Roger Payne, Richard Heinberg, Amy Seidl, Stephanie Kaza, Gus Speth, Jihan Gearan, and Ben Falk.

Praise for Wisdom to Survive

This film is deeply moving and profoundly engaging. Indeed, it has the potential to transform lives because it provides visions of how we should live in the midst of massive environmental challenges. I cannot recommend it more highly!”—Mary Evelyn Tucker, Forum on Religion & Ecology at Yale

This is a starkly prophetic film. It combines the direst of warnings with deep love of life. Better than any other film I know, it makes clear that our profit-oriented growth economy has caused the climate catastrophe and cannot itself rescue us from disaster. We need new thinking and a new way of life.”—Tom F. Driver,  Paul Tillich Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology, Union Theological Seminary

Duration : 56 min.

Questions: Contact cath.kessler@comcast.net or ngtaylor94619@yahoo.com

Spring Fling Postcard

Skyline Community Church is a member of Jubilee East Bay, a chapter of Jubilee USA Network, an alliance of 75 US organizations, 400 faith communities, and 50 global partners.  Jubilee is building an economy that serves, protects and promotes the participation of the most vulnerable.

Tuesday, May 5, Skyline is hosting a Jubilee Lunch & Learn from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Join us for a lunch, presentation of what Jubilee does, successes, and an action item to take home to your congregation.

Please RSVP to KateDoherty.ctk@gmail.com.  Thank you!  See you there!

CN_Skyline Mt DiabloSpring has arrived, Easter has passed, and Earth Day is upon us. We are invited to open ourselves with wonder and reflect upon our relationship and responsibility as part of nature.

Join us this Sunday, as we celebrate Earth Day with our amazing Green team! Catherine K. invites you to think about what you do, have seen, and want to change to bring about a healthier environment for all people and animals. We’ll share these ideas in an open discussion on Sunday.

In honor of Earth Day, I  share with you a poem of gratitude by e.e. cummings.

I THANK YOU GOD FOR MOST THIS AMAZING DAY

i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any–lifted from the no
of all nothing–human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)
e.e. cummings
1894-1962

Love, Pastor Laurie

Dear Ones,

During this season of Lent I have been on my own online wilderness “retreat.”  I have long been inspired by the poetic prayers and artwork of Jan Richardson. This Lenten season I have been participating in her retreat, “The Beloved.”

I’d like to share a piece of music about an all too human disciple trying to keep his head above the waves on the journey to follow Jesus. It’s entitled, “Let me out of this Boat”.  It was written by her beloved husband, Garrison Doles, who died last year.

I also leave you with a painting and a blessing written by Jan to accompany you on the journey when the going gets rough and the path looks more like a river.

Jan Richardson Blue Painting Dear Ones,                     During this season of Lent I have been on my own online wilderness "Retreat."  I have long been inspired by the poetic prayers and artwork of Jan Richardson. This Lenten season I have been participating in her retreat, "The Beloved."  I’d like to share a piece of music, about an all too human disciple, trying to keep his head above the waves, on the journey to follow Jesus. It’s entitled, “ Let me out of this Boat”. It was written by her beloved husband, who died last year. I also leave you with a painting and a blessing written by Jan, to accompany you on the journey when the going gets rough, and the path looks more like a river.       http://janrichardson.com/beloved-song9    BLESSING   When you come to the end of the road, the spiraling turn, the bend beyond which you cannot see, may your first practice be to breathe.   May your second practice be to breathe again.   Keep at this. Watch. Wait.   See what road appears that you did not think a road, what path is found by patience, what map is made by taking up the third practice: to keep breathing, stubborn in the rhythm of intake and release by which you will fill your yearning lungs not for the waiting road but for your leap by which the road will come.Dear Ones,                     During this season of Lent I have been on my own online wilderness "Retreat."  I have long been inspired by the poetic prayers and artwork of Jan Richardson. This Lenten season I have been participating in her retreat, "The Beloved."  I’d like to share a piece of music, about an all too human disciple, trying to keep his head above the waves, on the journey to follow Jesus. It’s entitled, “ Let me out of this Boat”. It was written by her beloved husband, who died last year. I also leave you with a painting and a blessing written by Jan, to accompany you on the journey when the going gets rough, and the path looks more like a river.       http://janrichardson.com/beloved-song9    BLESSING   When you come to the end of the road, the spiraling turn, the bend beyond which you cannot see, may your first practice be to breathe.   May your second practice be to breathe again.   Keep at this. Watch. Wait.   See what road appears that you did not think a road, what path is found by patience, what map is made by taking up the third practice: to keep breathing, stubborn in the rhythm of intake and release by which you will fill your yearning lungs not for the waiting road but for your leap by which the road will come. BLESSING

When you come
to the end
of the road,

the spiraling turn,
the bend beyond which
you cannot see,
may your first practice be
to breathe. 

May your second practice be
to breathe again.
 

Keep at this.
Watch.
Wait.
 

See what road appears
that you did not think
a road,
what path is found
by patience,
what map is made
by taking up
the third practice:
to keep breathing,
stubborn in the rhythm
of intake and release
by which you will
fill your yearning lungs
not for the waiting road
but for your leap
by which the road
will come.

Friday, April 3rd 12:00 noon  Labyrinth

Our Good Friday service is a meditative service of Taize music, labyrinth walking, and quiet reflection that invites us to connect our own personal pain and our collective ongoing struggle for social justice and relate it to the story of Christ’s death and resurrection.

 For more information, email the office or call 510 531 8212.

 

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Come celebrate the Spirit of Easter where we welcome ALL of God’s people. Experience fabulous music and an inspiring message with a spectacular view of the Oakland Hills.

Sunrise Service ~ 6:30 am

Featuring the Oakland/East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus

Easter Worship Service ~ 10:00 am

Celebratory Traditional Music followed by
an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids!

Skyline’s traditional Easter Egg Hunt is happening RAIN or SHINE, starting at 11:30 am on Easter Sunday morning. We welcome our neighborhood families and any who care to come to join us!  Stay for refreshments and conversation following the hunt.

For more information please contact our office at:

Skyline Community Church,
United Church of Christ
12540 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619
510.531.8212

Email Skyline Office

Tribute  Fri, Feb 6 (6-9) and Teach-in, Sat, Feb 7 (9-4)

You are invited to join national and local justice seekers from 20th c. and 21st c. movements for human rights on Friday, Feb. 6 (6pm reception, 7-9 program) in a Tribute honoring the life of Dr. Vincent Harding and Saturday, Feb 7 for an Inter-generational Teach-in (9am registration; 10-4 program). We will engage in deep conversation about the protests against systemic violence against black and brown communities and how to create a movement for radical change. Register now! (Follow the links for Friday and Saturday events below) Space is limited!

Nancy Taylor invites us to attend this event for Black History Month.   She’ll be going to the Saturday event and will coordinate a group and carpool. Mirtha and Johan Langewis-Ninayahuar are joining her – how about you?

Friday’s Tribute (free):  St. Columba Church, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland
To  RSVP Click Here

Saturday’s Teach-in:  Chapel at the Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley
(box lunch included scholarships available)
$15 – at the door;  $11 – online
To register online  Click Here

Sunday, Feb 22 11:30 am – 3 pm  Black History Month Event

Tony Pegram and his band will be performing at Scott’s.  We’ll head over after church.

For more info, contact Nancy Taylor ngtaylor94619@yahoo.com or Cheryl Coleman Jones  colemancheryl@sbcglobal.net)

 

US civil rights leader Martin Luther King,Jr. (C)This Monday means so many different things to so many people.

To some, it’s a day off from work, and a time to save big on those great MLK sales deals!

For others, it’s a time to remember the great legacy of Dr King.

For others still, it’s a time to lament that he is gone, at a time when we need to keep his dream alive.

Let us, you and I, take time to not only to remember him, but to do what we can together to work for the true equality of all people on this planet.

I leave you with some interesting quotes, not from, but about, Martin Luther King Jr.

“For years, I declined to fill in the form for my Senate press credential that asked me to state my ‘race,’ unless I was permitted to put ‘human.’ The form had to be completed under penalty of perjury, so I could not in conscience put ‘white,’ which is not even a color let alone a ‘race,’ and I sternly declined to put ‘Caucasian,’ which is an exploded term from a discredited ethnology. Surely the essential and unarguable core of King’s campaign was the insistence that pigmentation was a false measure: a false measure of mankind (yes, mankind) and an inheritance from a time of great ignorance and stupidity and cruelty, when one drop of blood could make you ‘black’.” 
― Christopher Hitchens

“The self-congratulatory popular account insists that Dr. King called on the nation to fully accept its own creed, and the walls came a-tumbling down. This conventional narrative is soothing, moving, and politically acceptable, and has only the disadvantage of bearing no resemblance to what actually happened.” 
― Timothy B. TysonBlood Done Sign My Name: A True Story

“Everyone knows, even the smallest kid knows about Martin Luther King Jr., can say his most famous moment was that ‘I have a dream speech. No one can go further than one sentence. All we know is that this had a dream. We do not know what the dream was’.” 
― Henry Louis Taylor

A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back — but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.

― Marian Wright Edelman, as quoted in The Art of Winning Commitment : 10 Ways Leaders Can Engage Minds, Hearts, And Spirits (2004) by Dick Richards

– Enjoy this “The Dream of Martin Luther King” video.

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