Josh KornbluthCritically acclaimed comedian Josh Kornbluth will perform his hit comedic monologue “Love and Taxes,” with proceeds donated to Jubilee USA, an anti-poverty advocacy organization. (www.jubileeusa.org).

See a sample here!

Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased at http://joshkornbluthjubilee.brownpapertickets.com/ or at the door.

Wednesday, August 6, 7:30 PM

After years of failing to file his tax returns, Josh falls in love with Sara, a beautiful public-schoolteacher.  When she gets pregnant, she tells him that she wants them to get married before their baby is born — but that she won’t marry him until he solves his horrible tax problems!  Josh tries everything he can think of to get out of his growing tax obligations, and yet the situation only gets worse and worse.  His increasingly desperate quest leads him to Washington, D.C., where he has a fateful encounter with a former commissioner of the I.R.S.  Ultimately, Josh’s encounters with the Tax System — and his love for Sara — lead him to a stunning change in his views about his role as a citizen.  This hilarious one-man show has been a hit from coast-to-coast — and will soon be a major motion picture!

At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave, Berkeley

Just as Paul writes, “we are one body and many parts”, it is profoundly true when we consider our relationship with our mothers… our biological mothers and with mother earth.  This Sunday at 10 AM we’ll continue our celebration of Earth Month with a service about both our human mothers and our ancient mother earth.  All are welcome.

I leave you with a quote from Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD, Jungian psychiatrist, in “Crossing to Avalon” pp. 255-257.

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“The photo of the Earth taken from outer space may be the most significant image in the evolution of human consciousness in the twentieth century; it was a gift from Apollo-NASA’s Apollo space missions. The Apollo astronauts saw the Earth from outer space for the first time. And through them, we could see the Earth as a holy island against a sea of blackness, a sunlit ocean-blue globe with swirls of clouds and glimpses of continents. This image of the Earth touched the heart and brought humanity into a planetary age, with the psychological awareness that we share the fate of the earth, which has finite resources.

The beautiful blue and white planet that is earth, a sphere flowing art woman wrapping arms around earthwith light, silhouetted against the blackness of space, is a gorgeous sight. She is beautiful and vulnerable, and the only Mother Earth we have.

In photographs, Earth also has the shape of a mandala, a circle within a square, the symbol of what Jung called the Self, an image of wholeness and the archetype of meaning. The Self is whatever we experience that is greater than our small selves through which we know that there is something meaningful to our existence. The round or the circle is a feminine symbol that represented the Great Mother before humanity could know that the Earth is round. The Earth is the great Mother Goddess: she births us and breathes us and feeds us and holds us to her body with gravity, and we return to her in death.”

Thursday, May 22 from 7-9 PM we’ll honor Harvey Milk with a community night – we’ll watch the movie, “Milk” together, have dinner and share what the man and his story mean for us and our world.  All are welcome!  Directions.

About Harvey Milk Day: (quoted from the Harvey Milk Foundation website) “Our Equality Movement across the globe will celebrate the life story, message, and legacy of my uncle Harvey Milk. Join thousands across the globe to honor his memory and celebrate his message of hope. We are asking you to celebrate Harvey Milk’s life story, message and legacy in celebrating globally on his birthday to give hope and inspire disenfranchised communities.

Harvey was a pioneer of the 20th century. His struggle and his deeds will prove to history that there’s no such thing as a gay way, there is only one way. We can make Harvey live forever by continuing to do things his way, in the deeds and in the accomplishments of our daily efforts to make our world live.

He believed broad public education and dialogue was paramount to his life’s work as a civil rights leader and with your energy we hope you will work to inspire individuals, communities and organizations to carry on his values in a timeless vision for a better world…..”

About Harvey Milk: (quoted from the Harvey Milk Foundation website) Harvey Bernard Milk (May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978) was an American politician who became the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California, when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Politics and gay activism were not his early interests; he was not open about his homosexuality and did not participate in civic matters until around the age of 40, after his experiences in the counterculture of the 1960s.

Milk moved from New York City to settle in San Francisco in 1972 amid a migration of gay men to the Castro District. He took advantage of the growing political and economic power of the neighborhood to promote his interests, and ran unsuccessfully for political office three times. His theatrical campaigns earned him increasing popularity, and Milk won a seat as a city supervisor in 1977, part of the broader social changes the city was experiencing.

Milk served 11 months in office and was responsible for passing a stringent gay rights ordinance for the city. On November 27, 1978, Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by Dan White, another city supervisor who had recently resigned but wanted his job back. Milk’s election was made possible by and was a key component of a shift in San Francisco politics. The assassinations and the ensuing events were the result of continuing ideological conflicts in the city.”

It’s Earth Day! It’s spring!
The season of Re-Creation!

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Join us for our child friendly Earth Day celebration!

Sunday, April 27th at 10 am.

Parents, the service will focus on our earth with music, prayers, and talk centered on earth day themes.

Children’s Sunday School will have:

  • Music
  • Games
  • Crafts
  • Discoveries about how to heal our wounded planet.

We’ll be teaching our children to care for the earth and for one another.  A local ranger will bring plants and items for the children to learn about.

Please join us with your children for this enriching morning for the whole family!

Presented by Skyline Community Church’s Green Team 

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DIALOGUE WITH NEIGHBORS ABOUT WATER USE AND NEW WAYS TO SUPPORT  A RESILIENT,  THRIVING AND BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPE

Saturday May 10, 1 – 4 PM

1:00 – 2:30 pm

Robin Freeman:    Chair, Environmental Management and Technology Emeritus, Merritt College    

 Speaking about Water use in the Bay Area:

A Look at local water options:

  • catchment
  • conservation
  • re-use at your work, schools, church, neighborhood, at home & in your garden
  • how to collect and use rain water and grey water

After the talk there will be time for questions and open discussion about the ways we can improve the health of our local environment.

2:30 – 4:00 pm

  • Refreshments, information tables, meet neighbors
  • Native Plant  tour in Skyline’s labyrinth (mostly local Oakland Hills natives)
  • Composting Demo
  • Sheet-Mulching demo (for weed or lawn composting while new plants grow on top)

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For more information contact: Skyline Community Church, 510-531-8212

Directions

LentCandleFriday, April 18th 7:30 – 8:30 pm  

Join us for our Good Friday Tenebrae service – a meditative service of Taize music, candlelight, 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.

Skyline’s traditional Easter Egg Hunt is happening RAIN or SHINE, starting at 11:30 am on Easter Sunday morning, April 20th. 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.  Also, we have a special Easter Sunrise Service with the Oakland/East Bay Gay Men’s Choir if you can slip out nice and early that morning!

For more information please contact our office at:

Skyline Community Church,
United Church of Christ

12540 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619
510.531.8212

 

  • Join us as progressive Christians for study and conversation.
  •  Experience  a deepening sense of meaning, purpose and connection with God.  
  • Understand Lent as a metaphor for the wilderness of our lives and the journey toward wholeness, light, peace and oneness.

The course meets during Lent on Wednesday evenings, from 3/12 – 4/16.

Find out more:  Video clips, facebook page, website.

6-7 pm is a lovely potluck dinner, and 7- 8:30 is our session.

Living the Questions is the most extraordinary adult education material I have ever used. Life changing – personally and collectively! Thank you and may you never stop putting out such marvelous and deeply important products. - Rev. John WhiteFirst Cong. UCC, Dudley, MA

Each session begins with a 20 minute video presentation by well known religious scholars (Borg, Crossan, Spong, Butler Bass, Armstrong) on faith journey questions and is followed by group discussion on the presentation content. Child care is provided. 

This is the most greatly appreciated video series I could have imagined someone could’ve created at this time.  I’ve been teaching Borg and Spong for years – but to have this series with their colleagues as well dealing with the core topics – profound!  and life-changing!  I can imagine – you know the looks on people’s faces after some of the stories and the tears that flow!  I am so thankful to have the privilege of walking with people through the “classes” and witnessing how they very eagerly choose to go deeper in their faith and want others to experience it as well.   Rev. Lee Anne Ireland,  Orange Congregational Church, Orange, CT

During Lent we will be exploring these modules of the program:

  • An Invitation to Journey
  • Taking the Bible Seriously
  • Thinking Theologically
  • Stories of Creation
  • Lives of Jesus
  • Out into the World: Challenges Facing Progressive Christians
  • Evil, Suffering and a God of Love
  • The Myth of Redemptive Violence
  • Practicing Resurrection
All are welcome here.
A free will offering of $60 per person for the entire series is requested to cover material, food and heat.  Sliding scale for anyone who needs it, and seriously – no one is turned away.
Find out more:  Video clipsfacebook pagewebsite.
Contact Pastor Laurie.: 510-531-8212 or  send me an email.
With great joy and love,
Rev. Laurie Manning

 

 

Think. Act. Be.

Think boldly.
Act differently.
Be you.

February is dedicated to celebrating Black History Month. It is  a time to honor and elevate the many accomplishments of African Americans throughout US history – individuals who thought boldly, acted differently, and had the courage to be themselves in the face of any and all adversity.

I encourage you to take a look at the following links, about our denomination’s history, from La Amistad to the presidency, our denomination, the United Church of Christ, as allies in this journey.  UCC Firsts.  I also encourage you, to review the links about inspiring African American leaders: UCC Black History Month, Museum of Black Inventors and Innovations

I encourage you to visit the display in the Friendship Room of notable African American leaders, and their bios.  (here’s a photo)…

 

And  join us for these outings in February! Special thanks to Cheryl Colman Jones, Philippia Pegram, and Nancy Taylor for joining me in lifting up these many opportunities for us.  Find contacts and details in Month-at-a-Glance.

 

Saturday, February 8th, 3:30-5 pm  (3:00 carpool from church): Rosie the Riveter Museum in Richmond.    Dinner afterward for those interested. 
Saturday, February 15th, BHM event:Annual Bay Area Social Justice Forum, 8:00 – 4:00.  $25 (no lunch), $35(with lunch).
Sunday, February 23rd, BHM event:  JAZZ:  Lunch/Brunch and Tony Pegram playing jazz at Scott’s in Jack London Square
Sunday, Feb 23rd, BHM family event: Oakland Museum of CA, 12:00 – 3:00 pm:  Explore the legacy of black pioneers in science and invention

 

Join us for the start of the Lenten season, Ash Wednesday, March 5 at 7 PM, as we join together to deepen our relationship with God!

May this month be  a time for you to think boldly, to act differently, and to be you.

Blessings, Pastor Laurie

 

This past Sunday we had a very inspirational service celebrating the life changing power of walking in the universal ways of Jesus. Following the service, we had a lively discussion about who we are, (the state of our union in a sense) and about God’s unfolding and life giving vision for us, as Progressive Christians, living in this exciting and changing era of Post Christendom. 

Join us this Sunday as we explore and discuss the unconventional wisdom of the Beatitudes, and celebrate a different kind of “Souper” Bowl, to share our food with those in need in Alameda County!

As a wisdom teacher, Jesus taught his disciples with puzzling parables, pithy aphorisms, and challenging questions, inviting them to discover a new way of living by engaging his many questions. When the young lawyer asked what he had to do to inherit eternal life, Jesus did not recite the law, but answered Semitic-style with yet another question, and proceeded to lead the lawyer through more questioning into his story of the Good Samaritan. The story turned upside-down the conventional wisdom of the day about the limits of neighbor love, inviting the lawyer and all of us listeners ever since to expand our own capacity for compassion.

Conventional wisdom also gets turned upside-down in the beatitudes by Jesus daring to name the poor, the meek, and the mournful as the blessed ones. What could be blessed about poverty or grief? Is this simply the promise of a better day by-and-by, when we die? Do the beatitudes describe some future reward for suffering now?  If blessing is a good thing, it would seem that common sense, and the economic and political norms of first-century Palestine (and twenty-first-century America) tell us that the wealthy bear the signs of blessing, and the powerful, not the meek, own the earth today and will keep it tomorrow. So what kind of blessing is there, and who are the poor in spirit? What is Jesus talking about? Let’s talk about it this Sunday!  

Thanks for making this a happening, welcoming and vibrant place!

Peace,

Laurie

 

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