Posted: Wednesday, July 27, 2016
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. firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.skylineucc.org/
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 email@example.com, see Facebook
RSVP to Nancy Montier for brunch: 510-531-8212. firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.skylineucc.org/
Posted: Thursday, June 30, 2016
Hi Dear Skyline Green Team,
Thank you, for adding your voices to help bring forth this important decision, and environmental justice victory for all the people of Oakland!
Thank you, for coming out to the vigils on Saturday and on Monday, and to the council meeting.
As you experienced it, the stakes were high and the rally was contentious, and grew even more so during the meeting. But we won!
Here’s the news!
Laurie’s talk at the rally on Saturday, June 25
Laurie’s Speech Before the City Council Meeting
What a gorgeous day, let’s hear it for the organizers of this rally! Give them a big applause!
I feel so much hope today, here w/ you, & here representing the voices of so many Oakland faith communities, including the dozens that are part of CIPL & the Sierra Club, in saying no to coal in Oakland …. You’re here, bec. you care about Oakland & your voice matters.
Tonight, our City Council will vote a/ bringing coal into W. Oakland from Utah to export to Asia. I think if they asked us, we’d tell them right away – NO! no more coal dust, no more asthma, no more cancer, no more climate change!
The developers have gotten our city council to a pickle..
The developers claim that they’ll create a new, never before seen, clean coal operation that covers up the train cars & covers up the terminal, so no coal dust escapes.
But the real cover up was the developers’ intentions to sell off access to our city’s waterfront to the highest bidder, regardless of their promise that coal wasn’t part of the plan.” We’re not going to fall for it! .
Come to the city council mtg tonight -make sure that they don’t fall for it either!
The good news.. our city councilman, Dan Kalb is recommending an item on the agenda that we can support – to ban coal in Oakland. Come & support him.
We don’t need a coal terminal in Oakland .. why? because coal IS terminal – it’s terminal for human health, it’s terminal biologically, morally & economically.
We’re all familiar with “the Golden Rule.” It’s a universal principal, an ethic of reciprocity that teaches: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” “Love your neighbor as yourself.” It teaches us to care about our neighbors. Who doesn’t care about the kid down the street, in W. oakland breathing dirty air.
As Flint MI, reminds us, environmental toxins particularly impact poor children of color, globally, & locally. W. Oakland has many parallels to Flint. (%90 black & Latino, where residents already experience high rates of poverty & unemployment. Imagine if this coal train were being routed through Piedmont or Montclair?
This is a local health issue. The children of W. Oakl& are already contending with fumes & noise from the heavy volume of diesel trucks & other pollution from the Port. We need to ask ourselves, what if it were our own children?
This is a global health issue. We need to imagine the impact on children, not only W. Oakland, but in Asia, & in Utah. We need to imagine the impact on children of the next generation. Right now, accdg to WHA, 7 mill. people die every yr because air pollution.
Our Governor & our mayor, spoke out in Paris at the Nov climate summit. They presented our city & our state as leaders in the environmental justice. They echoed the global scientific community’s unanimous pleas to leave 90% of fossil fuels in ground Speaking out in at Vatican, Jerry Brown clearly articulated that this is a moral issue. Why be complicit in prolonging, & accelerating this environmental & humanitarian disaster?
It’s a bad investment for Oakl&. Renewables are the way of the future. …
Oakl& deserves.. good energy, good jobs, clean air.
We don’t need a coal terminal because coal is terminal YOUR VOICE MATTERS COME TO CITY COUNCIL TONIGHT!
Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Tonight, June 28th, 6:00 PM
Skyline church is holding a public viewing of “Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and The NRA”. Please join us for this important evening.
This film tells the stories of how guns, and the billions made off of them, affect the lives of everyday Americans. It features personal stories from people across the country who have been affected by gun violence, including survivors and victims’ families.
The film exposes how the powerful gun companies and the NRA are resisting responsible legislation for the sake of profit – and thereby putting people in danger.
The film looks into gun tragedies that include unintentional shootings, domestic violence, suicides, mass shootings and trafficking – and what we can do to put an end to this profit-driven crisis.
Through this film and campaign, Brave New Films will work with partners to fight for a country where public safety is more valued than profit. Join us to demand – and achieve – common sense gun laws now.
Bring a dish for a simple dinner potluck, and invite your friends! Or just come for the film, don’t let a day too busy to get food together stop you if you want to come!
Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2016
Sunday, June 19, 6 pm
Join us for a service of candlelight, labyrinth walking, music, prayers, community, sharing and healing with love.
When gun violence and hate crimes destroy innocent lives, when homophobia, racism, and islamophobia plague our world, we are reminded to come together, to grieve, and to re-dedicate ourselves to love, inclusivity, non-violence and peace. Skyline Community Church invites you to gather in response to the tragedy that took place at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL to honor the lives that have been sacrificed, to mourn and share our grief, and to stand together in solace, solidarity, and strength.
Skyline Church, 12540 Skyline Blvd, Oakland CA https://www.facebook.com/events/1813162475618728/
Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2016
What a wonderful celebration we had last Sunday at our Earth Day celebration near the labyrinth and in God’s green spring!
Special thanks to Catherine Kessler and the Green team for their vision of worshipping in the labyrinth; to the choir for singing a-cappella; to the many of you who took part in everything from the circle dances, to chanting, playing guitar, the dramatic reading about “No Coal in Oakland”; and above all, to God, our Creator, for life itself.
Also, mark your calendars for Earth Day, Sunday April 24th:
- 10 am worship: Teresa Jenkins will be preaching about her experience of God in all of creation.
- 5 – 7 pm: Join us for an Interfaith Earth Day Celebration with music, dance, and a potluck here at Skyline.
God is the foundation for everything
This God undertakes, God gives.
Such that nothing that is necessary for life is lacking.
Now humankind needs a body that at all times honors and praises God.
This body is supported in every way through the earth.
Thus the earth glorifies the power of God.
—Hildegard of Bingen
Blessings, Pastor Laurie and the Green Team
Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2016
I don’t know about you, but to me, it seems like Easter happened last month, and the day after Easter, I feel as if I’m barely crawling out of the empty tomb!
The words of the poet e.e. cummings offer us words of gratitude for the day after Easter, and for each new day we awaken to:
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)
Thank you Skyline for creating such a magnificent outpouring of love for the wider world!
- children preparing Easter baskets and cards for homeless children, and the adults who helped to make this possible
- toddlers gathering Easter eggs in the fields in a non competitive “hunt” where there is enough for everyone
- volunteers preparing and serving delicious breakfast dishes for our guests
- members of the Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s chorus, driving many miles in the dark, to sing joyfully to honor the Easter sunrise
- talented and dedicated choir members, and guest musicians, offering songs of joy and celebration for us all
- talented artists and story tellers, creating a lovely liturgical environment, recreating the drama, and sharing photos with everyone
- people offering rides and food to those who are unable to be with us
- people sharing prayers and love and hospitality, to everyone!
Blessings and love, Pastor Laurie
Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Skyline Community Church, United Church of Christ Invites Oakland Community to Attend Easter Services
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.
Easter Sunrise Service: March 27, 7:00 AM: Rise and shine to the uplifting music of the Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus! Experience sunrise from our Sanctuary which rests on the summit of the Oakland hills and has windows spanning 30 feet high! As you look out on a stunningly beautiful view listen to inspiring preaching, heavenly music and feel welcomed into the warmth of a loving progressive and inclusive faith community.
Rev. Laurie says, “The music in this service sings out about a God of love, of freedom, of liberation… and that the world is more wonderful with the great diversity of all of humanity. This is good news!”
Easter Sunday Traditional Service: March 27, 10 AM: Skyline’s sanctuary windows overlook Redwood Park to Mt. Diablo Here we have a traditional Easter Service as a loving progressive and inclusive faith community. Rev. Laurie Manning , the choir and orchestra (directed by Puja Soto) and the people fill the sanctuary with joy, celebration and love. Today’s service will have drama, singing, prayer, and a special honor garden for loved ones. And to top it off, an Easter Egg Hunt (following service) for children of all ages: 11:30 AM.
Easter Egg Hunt: March 27, 11:30 AM: Skyline’s traditional Easter Egg Hunt is happening RAIN or SHINE. 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.
Skyline Church UCC is a community faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ. We acknowledge the worth of all beings, regardless of ability, age, ancestry, family or economic status, gender, sexual orientation, spiritual path, cultural origin, or any other visible or invisible difference. 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.
For more information please contact our office at:
Skyline Community Church,
United Church of Christ
12540 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619
Email Skyline Office
Posted: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
This Sunday you are invited to rise and shine an hour earlier, put on your casual clothes, and join us for a day of inspiration, gardening with the green team after church and good food… not only for lunch but also for Sunday Supper!
As environmentalist and founder of the Sierra Club John Muir wrote, “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul”.
Particularly now, with the greening of the earth, our beautiful sanctuary reminds us of God’s renewal of the earth and invites us deeper into our own renewal in body, mind and spirit.
Come join us to experience:
— the renewal of your body, mind and spirit.
– the healing power of community, for all ages.
– the joys of gardening in this beautiful setting, guided by our Green team.
– a delicious and heathy Sunday Supper, hosted by Suzie Harris.
“The many great gardens of the world, of literature and poetry, of painting and music, of religion and architecture, all make the point as clear as possible: The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden. If you don’t want paradise, you are not human; and if you are not human, you don’t have a soul.”
– Thomas Moore, The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life, 1996, p. 101
Blessings upon your week, Pastor Laurie