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A father holding the hand of his daughter.If your child is aware of the events in Orlando…

  • Provide a safe space so your child can express his/her feelings…and be sure to seek out support from other adults for your feelings as well.
  • Talk with your child about how you can honor those affected by this event. Suggestions include: lighting a candle, saying a prayer, sending blessings of love and healing, attending the vigil with their parents, etc.
  • Talk with your child about how you can show the power of love, not hate, in your daily actions. Suggestions include: speaking up for a child who is being bullied, inviting a child over to play whose family is different from yours, etc.

Thanks for helping to raise children who care. Together, we contribute to a human family based on love.

fbfac82c-ef3d-4b54-b94c-d2002c0c909e we stand with orlandoSunday, June 19, 6 pm

Join us for a service of candlelight, labyrinth walking, music, prayers, community, sharing and healing with love.

When gun violence and hate crimes destroy innocent lives, when homophobia, racism, and islamophobia plague our world, we are reminded to come together, to grieve, and to re-dedicate ourselves to love, inclusivity, non-violence and peace. Skyline Community Church invites you to gather in response to the tragedy that took place at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL to honor the lives that have been sacrificed, to mourn and share our grief, and to stand together in solace, solidarity, and strength.

Pastor Laurie

Skyline Church, 12540 Skyline Blvd, Oakland CA                https://www.facebook.com/events/1813162475618728/

5-22-16 flowersDear Skyline Family and Friends,

Let us pause in silence for a moment to lament.

To lament that our nation has experienced another mass shooting without a single piece of legislation passed since the last mass shooting to even attempt to prevent this one.

To lament the tragic loss of 50 lives that dared to display joy in what they deemed as safe space.

To lament that LGBTQ pride month has been interrupted by heinous homophobic mass murder.

To lament that islamophobic slurs from a presidential candidate have interrupted the blessed season of Ramadan.

Today, we pause to lament.

Lamentation, according to Catholic nun and noted author Elizabeth A. Johnson, is “dangerously remembering the dead in solidarity with their suffering and hope of future blessing…[which] has the capacity to nurture ongoing resistance to the victimization of others.” Pride may very well be the most powerful act of resistance that exists for those whose lives are constantly assaulted by bigotry and hatred. If pride as resistance can diminish the future victimization of anyone, then by all means let us soon stand and march with pride again.

We are stronger together than alone. Together, let us lament. Let us resolve to change the world, beginning with ourselves, and working together  – every single unique, beautiful one of us. And it starts by embracing our whole selves for everything God created us to be and our neighbor as ourselves.

Blessings, Pastor Laurie

Hilary ClintonWith our primary season drawing to a close, Hillary Clinton has made history as the first female presidential nominee of a major political party. 

Mrs. Clinton’s name on the ballot in November is another milestone in the quest for women’s rights, which, as she noted years ago, are human rights. This achievement is worth celebrating by all, regardless of party, because it further opens the door to female leadership in every sphere.

Hillary’s mother, Dorothy Rodham had an auspicious date of birth — June 4, 1919, the very same day the Senate passed a constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote.

But otherwise, Dorothy had a awful beginning. Her parents abandoned her. At 8, she was riding across the country, unaccompanied except for her younger sister, on the way to live with grandparents who didn’t want them. She went off on her own at 14, working as a housekeeper during the Depression. But she got herself through high school, was a good student and raised her own daughter to believe the sky was the limit.

Before we head off on the rest of this deeply imperfect election, take a second and enjoy. Imagine Hillary Clinton going back in time. She sits in the train next to a frightened little girl, and delivers the news about what happened this week.

Join us this week, as we celebrate our graduates, honor the start of Ramadan, and seek to be led by the power of the Holy Spirit in our many new beginnings!

Blessings, Pastor Laurie 

Last month Sandhya JhaSkyline welcomed Sandhya Jha from EBHO to speak on affordable housing.  Representatives from EBHO will be at the service this Sunday, May 1, the House Sabbath.

We’d like to celebrate a victory for Oakland residents with the passing on April 19 2016 of a a “new affordable housing impact fee, taking another step to address rapidly rising rents in the city. In the 18 months from August 2014 to March 2016, the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Oakland increased 40 percent, from $1,600 to $2,250 a month, according to listing service Zumper.” (taken from KQED’s post about this)

While more needs to be done to address affordable housing for Oakland, this is a start!

May-day-photo-workers day 732fe3229d0294f506941cf07c7eb767This Sunday is May Day.. such a beautiful time of year here in the northern hemisphere, and especially now in Northern California after the badly needed rains.  May Day on May 1 is an ancient northern hemisphere spring festival in many cultures. Dances, singing, and cake are usually part of the celebrations.

But May Day is also a cry for help! It derives from the French “m’aidez”, pronounced “mayDAY,” and means literally “help me.”

In the late 19th century, May Day was chosen as the date for International Workers’ Day by the Socialists and Communists  to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago.  International Workers’ Day may also be referred to as “May Day”, but it is a different celebration from the traditional May Day.

So, this May Day we gather in this beautiful place to celebrate the beauty of spring, dance and sing and eat cake, and dance around the Maypole. 

This May Day we will also hear the cry of help, right here in Oakland, for more affordable housing.

 

What a wonderful celebration we had last Sunday at our Earth Day celebration near the labyrinth and in God’s green spring!

Special thanks to Catherine Kessler and the Green team for their vision of worshipping in the labyrinth; to the choir for singing a-cappella; to the many of you who took part in everything from the circle dances, to chanting, playing guitar, the dramatic reading about “No Coal in Oakland”; and above all, to God, our Creator, for life itself. 

Also, mark your calendars for Earth Day, Sunday April 24th:

  • 10 am worship: Teresa Jenkins will be preaching about her experience of God in all of creation. 
  • 5 – 7 pm: Join us for an Interfaith Earth Day Celebration with music, dance, and a potluck here at Skyline. 

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This God undertakes, God gives.

Such that nothing that is necessary for life is lacking.

Now humankind needs a body that at all times honors and praises God.

This body is supported in every way through the earth.

Thus the earth glorifies the power of God.

Hildegard of Bingen

Blessings, Pastor Laurie and the Green Team

4-3-16 view out window These next few weeks we will be honoring the earth and caring for our precious environment.

We are blessed to worship in such an incredibly beautiful setting, especially this time of year, and after the much needed rains.

The weather forecast for this Sunday, April 17th  is for perfect conditions, and so (weather permitting) we will plan to worship outdoors! Bring your friends who love nature, your musical instruments, sun visors, sun screen, an umbrella to block the sun, etc. and wear casual clothes. We will have tents & umbrellas for shade, and will assist anyone needing help.  We’ll have a shuttle to help people down the driveway to the labyrinth.  The flowers and plants are thriving there – it is beautiful.

Special thanks to Catherine Kessler and the Green team for their vision of worshipping in the labyrinth, to the choir for singing a-cappella, to many of you who will be taking part in the dramatic reading, to the set-up team, and above all, to God, our Creator, for life itself.

If you’d like to come and help set up early, please contact Catherine Kessler or Nancy Taylor  who will be setting up Saturday at 6PM.  (contact information at end of this article)

Also, mark your calendars for Earth Day, Sunday April 24th:

  • 10 am worship: Teresa Jenkins will be preaching about her experience of God in all of creation.
  • 5 – 7 pm: Join us for an Interfaith Earthday celebration with music, dance, potluck here at Skyline. (see the attached flyer)

Blessings, Pastor Laurie and the Green Team

Catherine Kessler (510-530-7688;  cath.kessler@comcast.net.
Nancy Taylor (510-530-0814) ngtaylor94619@yahoo.com
(510) 421- 2646,  revlauriemanning@aol.com

Skyline Community Church, United Church of Christ Invites Oakland Community to Attend Easter Services

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.

CN_Skyline_2013-03-31_EasterSunrise&10am_0624Easter Sunrise Service: March 27, 7:00 AM:  Rise and shine to the uplifting music of the Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus!  Experience sunrise from our Sanctuary which rests on the summit of the Oakland hills and has windows spanning 30 feet high!  As you look out on a stunningly beautiful view listen to inspiring preaching, heavenly music and feel welcomed into the warmth of a loving progressive and inclusive faith community.

Rev. Laurie says, “The music in this service sings out about a God of love, of freedom, of liberation… and that the world is more wonderful with the great diversity of all of humanity. This is good news!”

 

 

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Easter Sunday Traditional Service: March 27, 10 AM:  Skyline’s sanctuary windows overlook Redwood Park to Mt. Diablo   Here we have a traditional Easter Service as a loving progressive and inclusive faith community. Rev. Laurie Manning , the choir and orchestra (directed by Puja Soto) and the people fill the sanctuary with joy, celebration and love. Today’s service will have drama, singing, prayer, and a special honor garden for loved ones.  And to top it off, an Easter Egg Hunt (following service) for children of all ages: 11:30 AM.

 

 

 

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Easter Egg Hunt: March 27, 11:30 AM:  Skyline’s traditional Easter Egg Hunt is happening RAIN or SHINE. We welcome our neighborhood families and all who would love to come to join us!  Stay for refreshments and conversation following the hunt. We also welcome you to join our community Easter service at 10 AM before the hunt, if you wish.  We offer a children’s program for your little ones.

 

 

 

Skyline Church UCC is a community faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ.  We acknowledge the worth of all beings, regardless of ability, age, ancestry, family or economic status, gender, sexual orientation, spiritual path, cultural origin, or any other visible or invisible difference.  We invite all who wish to enter our Sanctuary and the full life of our church family.  Ours is a God of justice and compassion, and our church lives in covenant with God to do its utmost to pursue justice and compassion, as an Open and Affirming congregation.

For more information please contact our office at:

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

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