In the late 1960s, Skyline’s founders literally walked from door to door, inviting their neighbors to meet with them and found a church. Skyline thus began its life as a neighborhood church, and remains that way. All who wished to be part of an inclusive, diverse church community were – and are – actively welcome at Skyline. At Skyline, “family” includes both traditional and non-traditional families. We welcome single people as well. Family is a matter of attitude, not legal definition. Our church congregation models a way that people from different backgrounds, ethnicity, sexual orientation and faith traditions can come together as a family and deal lovingly with difference through their sharing of a love for God and God’s creation.
The Reverend Laurie J. Manning joined Skyline Church in 2006. She holds respective Master’s degrees from Union Theological Seminary (Columbia U), Harvard University, and the University of Michigan. Prior to serving Skyline church, Laurie also served on the staffs of:
• Hillcrest Congregational Church
• First Congregational Church in Berkeley
• Riverside Church in New York City
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.
Our Denomination, The United Church of Christ
Skyline Community Church is pleased to be a part of the United Church of Christ (UCC).
The UCC embraces a theological heritage that affirms the Bible as the authoritative witness to the Word of God, the creeds of the ecumenical councils, and the confessions of the Reformation. We seek a balance between freedom of conscience and accountability to the apostolic faith.
The UCC’s “God is Still Speaking” campaign seeks to promote messages of unconditional welcome and inclusion, illustrating UCC’s philosophy: “No matter who you are, no matter where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome at a United Church of Christ congregation.”
To learn more about the UCC, please go to http://www.ucc.org. The UCC website offers a wealth of information about our denomination, including videos and podcasts. We invite you to explore, to learn, and most importantly, to join us!