Dear Ones,

Below is a note from a member, Adrienne Elenteny, who is being recognized for her humanitarian efforts at this  project, “Progressive Transitions”, for young women who have been arrested for solicitations.

I’d love for a group of us from Skyline to go to the event to support her. Let me know if you’re interested!

Blessings – Laurie

Dear Friends,

I am reaching out to you regarding an upcoming event in November which supports an Alameda County Court Diversion Program called Progressive Transition(s).  The program is available for 18+ year-olds, who have been arrested for solicitation.

On September 26, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed important legislation decriminalizing prostitution for minors.   SB 1322 prohibits the arrest of people under the age of 18 for soliciting which effectively shields those young people from criminal penalties.   Progressive Transition(s) offers an alternative to a criminal conviction to young women who are 18 or older, in recognition that these young people began as commercially exploited children.

Many of the participants and graduates of Progressive Transition(s) were “groomed” starting at an early age in what Ms. La Toya Gix, an advocate at the Alameda County District Attorney’s office described as the “Ho-ho’s to heels” pipeline.    Meaning that Ms. Gix got gifts of sweets when she was a youngster and shoes as she grew older.   She equated these gifts as her exploiter’s love for her.  (KQED Radio: Forum, August 4, 2016)

Progressive Transition(s) offers these young people the opportunity to participate in a variety of programs including educational, vocational, mental health counseling and health services as a substitute to a criminal conviction.   Please see this link to the program and watch the video on the webpage for more information.

The funding for Progressive Transition(s) has been donation based, so your help would be invaluable to offering a different path to this vulnerable population.  The Gala includes great music, food and dancing and will make for a super fun Saturday night.

If you represent, or know of, an agency, organization, business or individual that you think might be interested in supporting the Gala or Progressive Transition(s) please let us know.   There will be community leaders from the courts, city/county agencies and businesses.   Sponsorship opportunities and organization recognition are available by contacting Alex Arteaga (

Look forward to seeing you there!

November 5, 2016, at 6:00 p.m.,

Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit Street,

Oakland, CA 94609

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Sunday, October 9, After Services:

Justice & Witness Team will have information on ballot measures that we can discuss after church and/or take home with us.  We will have the recommendations on State measure by California Church Impact, League of Women Voters, and Ella Baker Center, and on Local measures by Oakland Community Organizations and League of Women Voters.  We will also be registering voters – so if you haven’t registered to vote yet, you can do so here!  Please join us!   Nancy Taylor: (510-530-0814)

Gathering of Saints-690x832Sunday, October 30, 2016 wear your costumes (children and yes – adults too!) for a fun costume parade.  We’ll honor Halloween, All Saints/Soul’s Day.costume


National Coming Out Day is Oct 11 and Skyline will honor the journeys of our LGBTQ family through personal sharing, songs, and sermon. We do this every year, along with churches throughout the country.  Here is where all can find a home; where we can raise our awareness and compassion. We’ll have:

  • Powerful personal reflections from members and friends
  • Fabulous Music!
  • Community love and awareness

Invite your friends, family and neighbors in your LGBTQ community to discover Skyline’s open and affirming welcome.

Spread the word – see our event on Facebook, share it with friends, and respond there if you are coming.  Thank you!

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;

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:

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

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

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:

Jubilee USA and Jubilee East Bay invite you to a presentation and discussion:

 Payday Loans, the Panama Papers and Poverty

Why the fight to end extreme poverty is global and winnable

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Skyline Community Church,

12540 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619  Click here for Directions


You are also invited to join us for worship at 10:00am (Andrew Hanauer preaching)

And Free Brunch at 11:30  

RSVP for brunch to Nancy Montier 510-531-8212.,

Event on Facebook

Building an inclusive economy requires changing the structures and policies that trap more than one billion people in extreme poverty around the world – and fuel poverty and inequality right here in the United States. Learn about how these structures intertwine from the East Bay to Ethiopia and how we can build an economy that works for all.

Andrew Hanauer is the Campaigns Director at Jubilee USA. Andrew represents Jubilee in policy meetings with the White House, Congress, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations. He serves on steering committees at the United Nations and with the Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency Coalition. Andrew’s views on poverty and economic policy appear in news outlets including Al Jazeera, Pacifica Radio, Common Dreams and The Washington Free Beacon.

Jubilee USA is a coalition of 550 US faith communities and 75 national organizations working with 50 global Jubilee partners. Jubilee USA promotes debt, tax and trade policies to end poverty and solve financial crisis. Our efforts build an economy that serves, protects and promotes participation of the vulnerable.

Jubilee East Bay, a coalition of individuals and 20 congregations based in the Bay Area, works with Jubilee USA through education and local organizing.

For more information, contact Linda Young at, see Facebook

RSVP to Nancy Montier for brunch: 510-531-8212.,

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