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

9-27-15-bofa-dg-rhea-dog-pink-bow-owner-2 9-27-15-bofa-dg-nila-rhea-and-dogCome and celebrate the animal companions in our lives on Sunday, October 2 at 3:00 PM!

This is our 17th annual special ceremony to honor our animal companions and acknowledge the blessings they bring to our lives. Bring your pet(s) or a picture of your pet (or even a stuffed animal) – this is a family event!  Refreshments provided for both pets & humans.

Afterwards, come and walk your pet through our unique labyrinth!

Watch a video from a previous blessing! And last year’s ABC News coverage!

All over the world lively and sacred ceremonies to bless our animal companions and honor the blessings they bring to our lives are held in the fall.  Churches of all denominations honor beloved pets around the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi (Oct 4) the patron saint of animals.

Reverend Laurie Manning and Rhea Babbit of Skyline Community Church, affiliated with United Church of Christ,  bless your dog, cat, goat, parakeet, fish, horse or whatever you bring (safely) with you.  You can also bring photos of beloved pets who cannot make the journey or have passed on to receive a blessing.

The ceremony is at 3:00 PM, with registration at 2:45, in the beautiful courtyard at:9-27-15-bofa-dg-laure-and-dog-owner-blue-dress

Skyline Community Church
 12540 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, Ca. 94619

(½ mile S. of Redwood)

Come one and all, with dogs, cats, hamsters, goats, parakeets, horses and more to celebrate and enjoy our animal companions.

9-20-15-catherine-picnicSeptember 18, 10:00 AM and after Service

Great worship & fellowship celebration!
No matter who you are, where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!

Invite your friends, neighbors and family Sunday!

Bring a picnic game, a musical instrument, and be ready to play!

Highlights include:  
* Family friendly service!
* Great music!

* Fun & dancing!
* Picnic after services, open to all!
* Bring your own games – including:
– hula hoops

 – water balloon toss
     – ring toss
     – 3 legged race
     – find someone who…
– Nature scavenger hunt
Want to help plan the service or kids games? Contact Pastor Laurie: revlauriemanning@gmail.com

Remember, invite your family, friends, and neighbors to the service and the fun!
Contact Suzie Harris at 510-500-3083, or suzanne2536@comcast.net 

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

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.

pink ladies lilly by David G 7-27-16By David G.

It’s summertime and the beautiful ladies are making an appearance.

Amaryllis belladonna (also known as pink lady, naked lady or beautiful lady) is a native of Africa which has naturalized well in the Bay Area.  In the rainy winter season and early spring, it produces vibrant green, strap-like leaves in large clumps dotting hills, gardens and parks.  By late spring the leaves yellow and by summer, a jumble of crispy remnants is all that’s left to indicate there was life.

Towards the end of July, I get a feeling of anticipation.  I check the dried remains of the plants in my yard, waiting for the miraculous.  Then I see it – a greenish-red spear like the head of a cobra rising from the center of the debris.  In a few days, it grows tall and the hood opens to reveal a handful of beautiful pink trumpet-shaped flowers.

By August, you’ll see them all over – masses of large pink blooms on tall stalks gently waving in the summer breeze –like a late Easter announcement.  Look for the pink ladies blooming near the bell tower at the church.  They will be in full bloom this Sunday.  It reminds me of the scripture from Matthew 6:28:

“Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.”

These lilies grow wild in the hills and fields.  They don’t need any gardener to tend them.  What they do depend upon, however, is the rain and sun provided by our Creator. They don’t work or weave or earn a living.  Yet they are cared for by God, and are very beautiful.

It reminds me that if God cares for these amazing flowers, how much more the Creator will care for us as his children. 

By David G.

My teenager is one of the 7.5 million people who have downloaded the app for the week-old “Pokemon Go” game and are wandering around landmarks, businesses, parks and city streets with their smartphones to find digital creatures and score points.  It blends real time maps through Google with digital magic to make little creatures pop up on the screen, as if they are actually at that spot.    

For the past two days, my teen has been like an eager prospector in search of gold.  At times, it reminds me more of chasing leprechauns and their pot of loot.   

They are everywhere — and I mean EVERYWHERE.  One was in my kitchen. In the car.  By a synagogue.  A fountain.  The Saxophone House.

Then my teen told me there were Pokemon at Lake Temescal, my favorite walking spot.

lake reflections trees from David GSo at sunrise this morning, I went for a jog around the lake.  I tried to imagine where these digital bogeymen were lurking.  I looked around as I listened to the pounding rhythm of my feet on the trail.  The first rays of morning sun lit the tops of the trees along the far bank.  It was a peaceful, quiet world; a sacred time.  

Instead of Growlithe, I found a green heron lurking along the waterline.  A fine mist glided silently across the surface of the lake like the Spirit moving on the waters, without a sign of Voltorb.  I heard the sweet trill of a Wilson’s warbler, the call of a night heron, and the complicated melody of a song sparrow.  There was no evidence of Nidoran, but I breathed in the tangled scents of moist earth, bay leaves and redwood.  On the physical and spiritual level, God’s handiwork was everywhere.  I saw it all.  

I didn’t need an app for that.   

Hi Dear Skyline Green Team, 

Thank you, for adding your voices to help bring forth this important decision, and environmental justice victory for all the people of Oakland!

Thank you, for coming out to the vigils on Saturday and on Monday, and to the council meeting. 

As you experienced it, the stakes were high and the rally was contentious, and grew even more so during the meeting. But we won!

Here’s the news!

Laurie’s talk at the rally on Saturday, June 25

http://www.ktvu.com/news/166685923-story

http://www.wsj.com/articles/oakland-officials-vote-to-ban-coal-handling-and-storage-at-new-shipping-terminal-1467106207

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/29/us/oakland-coal-transport-ban.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/oakland-coal-shipments_us_577204abe4b017b379f72d3c

http://www.sltrib.com/home/4054521-155/oakland-city-council-discusses-coal-ban

http://nocoalinoakland.info/

http://www.eastbaytimes.com/breaking-news/ci_30064002/happening-now-oakland-council-considering-ban-coal 

Laurie’s Speech Before the City Council Meeting

What a gorgeous day, let’s hear it for the organizers of this rally! Give them a big applause! 

I feel so much hope today, here w/ you, & here representing the voices of so many Oakland faith communities, including the dozens that are part of CIPL & the Sierra Club, in saying no to coal in Oakland …. You’re here, bec. you care about Oakland & your voice matters.   

Tonight, our City Council will vote a/ bringing coal into W. Oakland from Utah to export to Asia. I think if they asked us,  we’d tell them right away – NO! no more coal dust, no more asthma, no more cancer, no more climate change! 

The developers have gotten our city council to a pickle..

The developers claim that they’ll create new, never before seen, clean coal operation that covers up the train cars & covers up the terminal, so no coal dust escapes.  

But the real cover up was the developers’ intentions to sell off access to our city’s waterfront to the highest bidderregardless of their promise that coal wasn’t part of the plan.”    We’re not going to fall for it! . 

Come to the city council mtg tonight -make sure that they don’t fall for it either!

The good news.. our city councilman, Dan Kalb is recommending an item on the agenda that we can support – to ban coal in Oakland. Come & support him. 

We don’t need a coal terminal in Oakland .. why? because coal IS terminal – it’s terminal for human health, it’s terminal biologically, morally & economically. 

We’re all familiar with “the Golden Rule.” It’s a universal principal, an ethic of reciprocity that teaches: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” “Love your neighbor as yourself.” It teaches us to care about our neighbors.  Who doesn’t care about the kid down the street, in W. oakland breathing dirty air. 

As Flint MI, reminds us, environmental toxins particularly impact poor children of color, globally, & locally. W. Oakland has many parallels to Flint. (%90 black & Latino, where residents already experience high rates of poverty & unemployment. Imagine if this coal train were being routed through Piedmont or Montclair? 

 This is a local health issue. The children of W. Oakl& are already contending with fumes & noise from the heavy volume of diesel trucks & other pollution from the Port. We need to ask ourselves, what if it were our own children? 

This is a global health issue. We need to imagine the impact on children, not only W. Oakland, but in Asia, & in Utah. We need to imagine the impact on children of the next generation. Right now, accdg to WHA, 7 mill. people die every yr because air pollution. 

Our Governor & our mayor, spoke out in Paris at the Nov climate summit. They presented our city & our state as leaders in the environmental justice. They echoed the global scientific community’s unanimous pleas to leave 90% of fossil fuels in ground Speaking out in at Vatican, Jerry Brown clearly articulated that this is a moral issue. Why be complicit in prolonging, & accelerating this environmental & humanitarian disaster? 

 

It’s a  bad investment for Oakl&.   Renewables are the way of the future. … 

Oakl& deserves.. good energy, good jobs, clean air. 

We don’t need a coal terminal because coal is terminal  YOUR VOICE MATTERS COME TO CITY COUNCIL TONIGHT!

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