Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2015
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.
When you come
to the end
of the road,
the spiraling turn,
the bend beyond which
you cannot see,
may your first practice be
May your second practice be
to breathe again.
Keep at this.
See what road appears
that you did not think
what path is found
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
Posted: Friday, February 20, 2015
Friday, April 3rd 12:00 noon
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.
Posted: Friday, February 20, 2015
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
Email Skyline Office
Posted: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
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
Posted: Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Cheryl Coleman Jones email@example.com)
Posted: Wednesday, January 14, 2015
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. Tyson, Blood 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.
Posted: Friday, January 9, 2015
Stop Shivering Sunday is a tradition started here by our beloved Kay Gilliland. We collect warm coats and other clothing and take them to East Oakland Community Project (EOCP), East Bay Switchboard, & Bay Area Community Services (BACS) to be given to those in need. Please bring whatever you have on Sunday, Jan. 25th. If possible, bring your contributions in a box. We’ll put all the boxes in a few cars and will take everything to these groups the following week.
Please mark your calendars to bring in those clothes for Sunday, January 25th! If you can’t be here on the 25th, bring them to the office between 9 and 2 Mon-Fri.
Thank you for sharing and participating!
Posted: Monday, December 22, 2014
Blessings to you in this season of darkness, where we light candles and are reminded once more:
The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it.
Yes, we live in a broken world.
At the same time, through us all I experience the in -breaking of God’s love right here in our community. I experience it in the wonder of children taking part in our Christmas pageant. I experience it in the outpouring of love from this community to the homeless shelter in East Oakland; to feeding the hungry here in Alameda County; to supporting the education of 400 children of Makomray, Sierra Leone; and to caring for the immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
We experience it when we see the face of Christ, in everyone!
Come and celebrate the wonder of God’s love on Christmas Eve with us, Wed Dec 24th at 7 pm!
Bring your friends! We have childcare! It’s a short – all ages friendly service!
I wish to share a photo of a mom and dad with their three month old son, Air; one of the many families with children that we visited earlier this week. His parents named him Air because he is as precious as every breath we take and is filled with the Spirit of life. I cannot help but be reminded of that Holy family thousands of years ago who sought shelter as refugees, who’s precious child was born in a stable because there was no room at the inn. (The family gave me permission to share with friends and members of Skyline)
I leave you with this poem by Howard Thurman about the ongoing healing of the world that we are called to bring forth in our lives.
Candles for Christmas
I will light Candles this Christmas,
Candles of joy despite all the sadness,
Candles of hope where despair keeps watch,
Candles of courage for fears ever present,
Candles of peace for tempest-tossed days,
Candles of grace to ease heavy burdens,
Candles of love to inspire all my living,
Candles that will burn all year long.
When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among others,
To make music in the heart.
Posted: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Come and experience the wonders of the Christmas story!
Join us for a child/family friendly worship service of carols where everyone is invited to take place in the Christmas pageant!
Wear your favorite costume. Be a shepherd, sheep, king, queen,angel, donkey!
Join us for fun, music and celebration! Be part of the drama! Friends, family, all are invited!
Christmas Pageant: Sunday, Dec. 21 at 10 AM!
Invite everyone you know with children or grandchildren! We’ll see you there!
Posted: Friday, October 24, 2014
Published in the Northern California Nevada Conference UCC Listserve:
Last week, we represented the UCC clergy of California, taking part in a delegation of clergy leaders of all faiths, at a conference to discuss our broken and overwhelmingly overcrowded prison system. The conference was sponsored by the California Endowment and the PICO national faith based community network.
The conference continued to open our eyes to the racism reflected by our criminal justice system. Consider just a few facts:
* Incarceration has exploded in growth within the US: From 300,000 in 1980 to over 2,000,000 in prison & more than 7,000,000 today-1 in 31 adults-behind bars, on probation, or on parole.
* Here in California, from 1982 to 2000, we built 23 new prisons, at a cost of $300,000,000 each (and built only 1 public university).
* Nationwide two-third of those imprisoned are black & Hispanic.
* Nationwide two-third of those imprisoned are black & Hispanic.
* Nationwide, although most drug users & dealers are white, three-fourth of those imprisoned on drug charges are black or Latino.
* We spend $62,000 a year per prisoner.
We committed ourselves, along with clergy from across the state, to stand in solidarity with the movement to end mass incarceration of people of color, nationally, and here in California. We urge you to join us and vote yes on Proposition 47 in the upcoming election.
Our denomination, the United Church Christ, has been in the forefront of civil rights issues, and we passionately believe that ending the system of mass incarceration, so racially based, is the civil rights movement of our day and that we must do our part with the fierce urgency of now. There are many reasons to support Prop 47, but for us the primary reason is ending our current system of mass incarcerarion.
Over 50 years ago, in the crucible of the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed, The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice”. There’s much more bending to do. Bending the bars that imprison so many people in this country: the largest incarceration in human history, especially men of color.
We encourage you to raise the awareness with your congregation of the racism of our current system of mass incarceration. Let us join together in ending the cradle to prison pipeline in our country, and in our state, by activating the vote and lifting up the prophetic voices of our times. The Spirit of the Lord is upon US all! Now is the time!
Laurie Manning Pastor: Skyline Community Church http://www.skylineucc.org 510-531-8212 www.ccsm-ucc.org
Penny Nixon Sr. Minister, Congregational Church of San Mateo www.ccsm-ucc.org 650-343-3694 x2 http://www.piconetwork.org/issues/let-my-people-vote
Michelle Alexander: The New Jim Crow. http://youtu.be/Gln1JwDUI64