The days grow shorter, and yet, we know that the light will return. 

So too, in our lives, we wait and participate in hope. 

This Sunday we welcome you, your families and friends to join us in the lovely re-telling of the Christmas story, in our child – led Christmas pageant. We have costumes for everyone, or bring your own, because everyone is welcome to come and see baby Jesus! 

I leave you with a prayer of peace for this season: 

Holy Mystery, Sacred Wonder,child and curious innocent
you came to us as a child–
pure, innocent, vulnerable–

this was the Word you spoke
into your world, into our world. 

speak again, please. 

Come this Christmas to the
child we once were,
the child that lives within
each of us.

We long to touch that child that is still
a part of us, where innocence is still alive. 

Come to the manger of our hearts, that place
before we knew fear or shame; come to the child in us
who remains free of cynicism, who has not yet made
friends with disillusionment. 

 Blessings, Pastor Laurie 

Christmas party 2014 singing 12 DaysChristmas Party 2014 SingerPlease join in the celebration of Christmas at Skyline’s annual potluck Christmas party on Sunday, December 6, 2013 from 5-8: PM in the sanctuary.

You’ll enjoy singing traditional carols and Christmas hymns.  The children (and the child in you) will be thrilled to hear the ho ho ho and feel the love love love of Santa.  We’ll share the Christmas story together.  And there will be delicious food and desserts, tea and partying!

If you have questions, would like to help out or have suggestions please contact Rev. Laurie at 510-531-8212 or email her at revlauriemanning@gmail.com.

CN_Skyline_2010-12-24_ChristmasEveService_0956This Christmas Eve, come experience the wonder of our candlelight service celebrating the birth of Jesus with carols, anthems, scripture lessons, a Christmas Rhapsody, children’s choir and instrumental music.

The service will be followed by delicious Christmas treats, hot apple cider, and fellowship.

This is a beautiful way to celebrate the season with your entire family. ALL are welcome!

December 24th at 7:00 pm

For more information please contact the office at 510.531.8212

starCome and experience the wonders of the ChristmasPageant 3 kings 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, fireman, donkey!

Join us for fun, music and celebration!  Be part of the drama!  Friends, family, all are invited!

Christmas Pageant: Sunday, Dec. 20 at 10 AM!  

(Practice on Sunday, Dec 13 at 11:30 AM after service).

Invite everyone you know with children or grandchildren!   We’ll see you there!

 

Sunday, November 15 is Skyline’s Jubilee Action Sunday, as a part of Jubilee’s “Let There Be Light” project.  For more information, click here:  Jubilee_Weekend_2015_Action_Handbook

Screening Poster - Skyline Community ChurchJoin us!

10:00 Worship includes a blessing for the waters & reflections on our role as co-creators.

12:00 Showing the films, meet the director – David Braun, and discussion.

CONTACT:  Nancy Montier, 510-531-8212 (9AM-2PM M-F), office@skylineucc.org

Faith Against Fracking and Backyard: A Short Film Double Feature, Discussion and Call to Action:  with host David Braun, Director of Faith Against Fracking, Lead Organizer for New Yorkers Against Fracking.

Skyline’s Green Team is bringing these films to our local and greater communities because we believe that fracking is a danger to the earth and her people.  In July of this year Skyline’s national organization – United Church of Christ – passed a resolution to convert the economy from fossil fuels to renewable energy and conservation by 2040.  In this resolution they called for church leaders to seek laws that ban hydraulic fracturing.

California is leading the country in many ways in climate change legislation and action, and yet fracking is already very much a part of life in California. It has been happening for many years, but new techniques are making the practice even more dangerous than it was before. It has been documented in at least 10 counties around the state, but it’s also likely that fracking is taking place in other counties as well, since regulators and oil companies are not monitoring or tracking the process.

Faith Against Fracking is not only a film but a community of faith leaders and people of faith calling on world leaders to ban fracking and other extreme fossil fuel extraction techniques. A fundamental cornerstone of most, if not all faiths, is the imperative to protect creation. Pope Francis’ recent Encyclical on Climate Change called on all people living in our common home to be good stewards of the planet, “to protect the world, and not prey on it.”  Since fracking and other extreme fossil fuel extraction methods destroy the environment and hurt our communities, they must be stopped.

WHERE:

Skyline United Church of Christ, 12540 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619, 510-531-8212

www.skylineucc.org

David Braun has been working to stop fracking for a number of years and is the President and co-founder of United for Action and the lead organizer for New Yorkers Against Fracking, a statewide coalition for a ban. Previously, he was the grassroots coordinator for the film, Gasland, and designed the outreach plan for soon to be released new installment, Gasland 2. Previously, he was an organizer for MoveOn and has worked on numerous social, environmental and economic justice campaigns.  He is director of Faith Against Fracking.

Skyline Church UCC is a community faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ.  We acknowledge the worth of all beings. 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.

Additional information may be found at www.skylineucc.org.

Additional information about fracking organizations:

http://www.faithagainstfracking.org/

http://californiansagainstfracking.org/

http://www.cafrackfacts.org/

Conversations are taking place across the country about how to liberate government from excessive moneyed influence and restore  representative governments to protect and preserve the environment and those who are most vulnerable to environmental degradation. 

Join us this Sunday for an interfaith conversation among spiritual progressives about what we can do, globally and locally.

Please invite your friends! 

Here’s the details! 

WHEN:  Sunday, October 25

10 am – 11:30 am Rabbi Lerner will speak at the regular worship service

11:30 – 1 discussion with Rabbi Lerner & Cat Zavis about Environmental & Social Responsibility Amendment (ESRA), the Global Marshall Plan, and the Network of Spiritual Progressives.   

Rabbi Michael Lerner is co-chair with Vandana Shiva of the interfaith and secular-humanist welcoming Network of Spiritual Progressives, editor of Tikkun magazine, and author of 11 books including with Cornel West: Jews and Blacks: A Dialogue on Race, Religion and Culture in America; Jewish Renwal:A Path to Healing and Transformation; The Left Hand of God: Taking Back our Country from the Religious Right; and Embracing Israel/Palestine: A strategy for Middle East peace. For more information about him, please click here: http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/biographical-notes-on-rabbi-lerner

Cat Zavis is the Executive Director of the Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP) and a collaborative divorce attorney, mediator and trainer in conflict resolution and empathic communication. Her spiritual practices are grounded in the prophetic voices of Judaism. These voices and values infuse her efforts with the NSP to build a movement of love and justice – one that actually embodies these values not only in the goals and outcomes it strives to achieve but also in the movement itself. 

For many, last Monday  – Columbus Day,  is a day that celebrates the European discovery of the Americas.  Too often it is forgotten that the land was neither empty nor undiscovered, and the bounty of resources and space upon which the American way of life is built came as a blessing to many, but at a great cost and tragedy for those who were already here – the Native Americans.

This Sunday, Oct. 18th, we open ourselves to the full story of colonization, the theology of Manifest Destiny, the taking of indigenous peoples’ lands, and the impact through the years which continues even today. We join together to find ways of justice, alleviation of suffering,  and healing between white and Native peoples in this country and the native nations today.

In 2014, The 29th General Synod of the United Church of Christ approved a Resolution of Witness calling for the UCC to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery, which authorized the genocide of native people & the theft of native lands (http://uccfiles.com/pdf/gs29minutes.pdf).  In that Resolution we recognize the complicity of the Churches, including the UCC, in the perpetration of these injustices.

Join us, in the spirit of the still speaking God, in a new understanding of our relationship with God and with one another, especially our indigenous sisters and brothers.

I leave you with some quotes of wisdom:

Treat all people alike. Give them all the same law. Give them all an even chance to live and grow. All people were made by the same Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers and sisters. The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.  Chief Joseph (Nez Perce)
I had rather live one day and enjoy the privileges of citizenship to which I am entitled than live a thousand years and be denied them.  Henry Berry Lowry (Lumbee)
There is one God looking down on us all. We are all the children of one God. The sun, the darkness, the winds are all listening to what we have to say.  Geronimo (Apache)

BP_CA_SkylineChurch_2012-04-08_EasterSunriseService_0057“After the Pope, now what?” How do we repair and preserve our wounded planet?”

Come join your Oakland community in an Interfaith Worship Service for the Climate led by Rabbi Michael Lerner , Cat Zavis, and Rev Laurie Manning; followed by a discussion of the Environmental & Social Responsibility Amendment (ESRA) and the Network of Spiritual Progressives.

In the weeks after Pope Francis’s visit to the US in which he called upon leaders to take serious steps to address climate change, and before the November Paris Climate Change summit, interfaith conversations are taking place across the country about how to liberate government from excessive moneyed influence and restore more representative governments to protect and preserve the environment and those who are most vulnerable to environmental degradation. Join us for conversations about what we can do, globally and locally. Learn more about the ESRA, the Global Marshall Plan, and the Network of Spiritual Progressives.

WHEN:

10 am – 11:30 am worship

11:30 – 1 discussion with Rabbi Lerner & Cat Zavis about Environmental & Social Responsibility Amendment (ESRA), the Global Marshall Plan, and the Network of Spiritual Progressives.

WHERE:

Skyline United Church of Christ

12540 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619

510-531-8212

www.skylineucc.org

Skyline UCC’s distinctly beautiful sanctuary will be the setting for prayers, meditation and music giving thanks for our common home, our Earth.  We will renew our collective commitment to address climate change and repair our broken world as a moral issue.

 

Rabbi Michael Lerner is co-chair with Vandana Shiva of the interfaith and secular-humanist welcoming Network of Spiritual Progressives, editor of Tikkun magazine, and author of 11 books including with Cornel West: Jews and Blacks: A Dialogue on Race, Religion and Culture in America; Jewish Renwal:A Path to Healing and Transformation; The Left Hand of God: Taking Back our Country from the Religious Right; and Embracing Israel/Palestine: A strategy for Middle East peace.

Cat Zavis is the Executive Director of the Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP) and a collaborative divorce attorney, mediator and trainer in conflict resolution and empathic communication. Her spiritual practices are grounded in the prophetic voices of Judaism. These voices and values infuse her efforts with the NSP to build a movement of love and justice – one that actually embodies these values not only in the goals and outcomes it strives to achieve but also in the movement itself.

Reverend Laurie J. Manning is pastor at Skyline Church UCC.  She holds respective Master’s degrees from Union Theological Seminary (Columbia U), Harvard University, and the University of Michigan. Laurie has also served on the University Religious Council of Churches at UC/Berkeley to foster greater support and understanding of religious differences within the student and faculty body. This position included Christianity in dialogue with other faith traditions, such as Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and other faiths. Prior to her ordination, Laurie worked in various management capacities for Hewlett Packard’s Medical Products division, and then as a consultant with high technology and medical clients. Laurie brings a solid understanding of the psychological and organizational complexities of living as a Christian in today’s pluralistic and scientific world.

Skyline Church UCC is a community faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ.  We acknowledge the worth of all beings. 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.

Additional information may be found at www.skylineucc.org.

sunbeams sunsetThis week, millions across our nation will witness the words and vision of a man who has revolutionized a church and reinvigorated a 2,000-year-old gospel.

What’s revolutionary about this? It’s not some radical new idea or ideology. In fact, it’s very old. What’s revolutionary about Pope Francis is how he lives out his Christian faith through selfless good deeds, prophetic words to world leaders, and compassionate pastoral care. He embodies the mandate often credited to his namesake St. Francis, “Preach the gospel daily, use words if necessary.”

We invite you to join us in praying for a transformative week for the US, the world’s wealthiest nation in our spiritual leadership; particularly with respect to climate change. It takes all of us working together in our great diversity.

Towards this end, Skyline’s Green team is partnering up with California Interfaith Power and Light and the emerging Alameda County Interfaith climate change team to host two prayer vigils on Wed Sept 23rd, at 6:30 am and 6:30 pm here at Skyline. We are pleased to be including a truly diverse interfaith team in this stunningly beautiful setting and times. Come sing, pray, meditate and learn more about what we can accomplish together. Bring your friends who love the earth!

This Sunday we will continue to honor St Francis in our morning worship followed by an Inquirer’s Session (see below) for folks who want to learn more about who we are as a faith community.

Then on Sunday, we will also hold our annual Blessing of the Animals at 2:45 pm. Bring your friends, bring your pets, bring your friends with pets!

 

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