Come and celebrate the animal companions in our lives on Sunday, October 5th at 3:00 PM!

This is our 15th 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!

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.

Kim Bobo StoryLabor Day is about laborers! It a day to take time, as a faith community, to consider the inherent worth and dignity of all people, and the importance of advocating for fair treatment of all people.

This Sunday, at 10 am worship:

We are pleased to have Kim Bobo, Executive Director of Interfaith Worker Justice preaching on minimum wage, the plight of undocumented workers, wage theft, and most importantly what we can do locally to advocate for workers rights.  http://www.iwj.org/

Join us here at Skyline Community Church, 12540 Skyline Boulevard in Oakland,  or email office@skylineucc.org or call 510-531-8212

Kim was named one of 14 faith leaders to watch in 2014 by the Center for American Progress, and one of Utne Reader‘s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” in 2009. Kim helped coin the phrase “wage theft.” Her book Wage Theft in America helped get the issue on the national radar. Prior to founding IWJ, Kim was a trainer for the Midwest Academy and Director of Organizing for Bread for the World. She is co-author of Organizing for Social Change, the best-selling organizing manual in the country. A music lover, Kim directs the choir at her UCC church. She also enjoys visiting with her twin sons, Eric and Benjamin, who are away at college.

Additional articles:
How HR can Prevent Wage Theft 
Kim Bobo: Labor and the Lord’s Work
Book Review: Wage Theft in America

This Sunday, August 24th is our own Oakland Pride Sunday service. Come celebrate with us at 10 AM! Bring your friends! Hear testimonials from several members of our congregation!

All are welcome here!

  • When the UCC, Golden Gate Association in 1972, ordained Bill Johnson as the first openly gay minister in an historical Protestant denomination, we were extremists for love. All are welcome!
  • When the UCC, on July 4, 2005 overwhelming voted as the first mainline denomination to support same gender marriage equality;
  • when, in 2008, at the height of the debate over same-sex marriage in California during Prop 8 this congregation hung a banner in front of the church entrance, proclaiming to every passerby “Support Marriage Equality. We do”;
  • when your pastor blessed same sex couples for many years before it was a legal right, and urged all heterosexual couples she married to stand in solidarity with them until the day that marriage became a legal right for all people, we were standing on the side of love.

All are welcome here!

By the way, did you hear that the states that allow same sex marriage have lower divorce rates? In states where same-sex marriages are legally recognized, the divorce rate is 20 percent lower than in states that only allow marriages between a man and a woman. Rachel Maddow says “It turns out gay marriage is a Defense of Marriage Act.” Who knew?

Standing on the side of love doesn’t require power. It requires courage. Because courage is power. Join us as we celebrate the liberating empowering good news!

Here’s a 1 minute all-are-welcome video called The Bouncer!

Blessings,
Pastor Laurie

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

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Wednesdays, Sept 3, 10, 17, 24;  5:30 pm Hike for fun and health! Our Skyline community loves to hike in the beautiful, tranquil Oakland Hills, so we’ve created a month of them!

We’ll meet at the Trudeau Center (11500 Skyline Blvd in Oakland near where Skyline splits into Joaquin-Miller Rd.) and take a 60-90 minute hike in the Redwoods!   It’s an easy drive, safe parking and lots of great trails.  We’ll gather in the parking lot at the picnic benches. Bring your dogs and friends!

Those who are able can join together for dinner afterwards!

Contact the office weekday mornings (510-531-8212; office@skylineucc.org) or

Contact Rev Laurie: at (421-2646) revlauriemanning@aol.com

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

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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.

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Oakland, CA 94619
(510) 531-8212

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