Come and celebrate the animal companions in our lives on Sunday, September 27th at 3:00 PM!

This is our 16th 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:

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 to celebrate and enjoy our animal companions.

We’re in the season of graduation, but not just for high school graduates venturing forth to college, but for all of us in this lifelong process of growth, evolution, and change. 

Throughout our lives we search for meaning, our vocation, and our life’s purpose.   

David Brooks, NY TImes journalist, writes:

So I’ve been thinking about the difference between the résumé virtues and the eulogy virtues. The résumé virtues are the ones you put on your résumé, which are the skills you bring to the marketplace.The eulogy virtues are the ones that get mentioned in the eulogy, which are deeper: who are you, in your depth, what is the nature of your relationships, are you bold, loving, dependable, consistent? And most of us, including me, would say that the eulogy virtues are the more important of the virtues. But at least in my case, are they the ones that I think about the most? And the answer is no.”  Click here for his Ted Talk

Reinhold Niebuhr summed up the confrontation:

Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope. Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we must be saved by love. No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as from our own standpoint. Therefore we must be saved by that final form of love, which is forgiveness.

Come and join us after the service for a conversation about how to live in this world, but not of this world, connected deeply with our deepest values. 

    Blessings, Laurie 

A Christian evangelical social research company recently surveyed young adult non-Christians on their attitudes toward Christianity.

  • 91%  said Christians are anti-gayboy meditating and sun
  • 87 % said Christians are judgmental
  • 85%, said they’re hypocritical
  • 78 % said they’re old fashioned
  • 72% said they’re out of touch with reality
  • 70% said they’re insensitive to others
  • 75% said Christians are too involved in politics, but the politics they’re talking about are not the politics of peacemaking or justice-making.  They’re talking about the anti-politics: anti-abortion, anti-gay-rights, anti-science.

No wonder people are spiritual but not religious!

Presbyterian pastor and social worker N. Graham Standish observes that the spiritual but not religious—he calls them SBNR for short—share several attributes: 

  1. they are “skeptical of hard and fast theological constructs about God.”  …they “tend to be post-modern, and thus are extremely suspicious of any ultimate truth claims.”
  2. the SBNR are willing to listen to all sides . . . “they want to consider religious and theological beliefs from a variety of perspectives.”
  3. they want to experience what’s true rather than be told what is true. . . . “they want to learn truth by touching it, smelling it, and tasting it.” 
  4. “SBNR folks tend to be sensitive to any form of hypocrisy, especially moralizing hypocrisy. When they see priest or pastor scandals in the face of the church’s obsession with homosexuality, they get turned off.”
  5. they are cautious about being identified too much with a religion. They see the “practice of religion as inhibiting the pursuit of the spiritual . . . .”

Do you know anybody who fits this SBNR description? Sounds like us! Come join us, as the power of the Holy Spirit continues transforming us in the ways of life! 

Also, Sunday June 7th – we celebrate our grads of all ages, including a procession to pomp and circumstance! Let us know who you are! 

Anyone up for a summer barbecue and family picnic on an upcoming Sunday after church? Let me know!! 

       Peace, Pastor Laurie 

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

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12540 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619
(510) 531-8212

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