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Rev. Laurie Manning, Church Pastor
(510) 531-8212
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Puja Soto, Music Director

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Biographical Statement:

Versatile musician Puja Soto started her career as an opera singer (San Francisco Opera, Opera Omaha & more) and musical theatre actress (French Underground Theater, Firehouse Dinner Theater, Omaha Community Playhouse & more), and later branched out as a choral director and pianist (Peace Lutheran Church of San Bruno, Our Redeemer’s Church in South San Francisco, Freundschaft Liederkranz, Oakland Turnverein Gemischter Chor, Pied Piper Players & more). Puja loves all types of music from classical to jazz, gospel, folk, world, and even country music on occasion.  Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. (Berthold Auerbach)

Puja received a Bachelors in Fine Arts from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and a Masters of Fine Arts from Roosevelt University (both in Vocal Performance).  She studied voice, piano, organ, flute, saxophone, guitar, bass guitar and also composition. She is fascinated and inspired by working with both classically trained musicians, as well as self taught musicians who can perform a song without those “little black dots on the white paper”. The written sheet music can only give us an outline or approximation of the actual meaning behind a song… and music can bring so much inspiration and contentment to our lives when it is infused with meaning. Where words fail, music speaks. (Hans Christian Andersen) 

Puja is a social musician – she loves to create musical experiences in collaboration with others – especially including her husband, Jorge Soto. Jorge adds his talents to the mix as a singer and skilled percussionist of more than 40 years. Jorge and Puja together enjoy rehearsing and playing with other willing musicians of all types – singers or instrumentalists, classical or pop, professionally experienced or beginners. Please contact us at ________________ if you would like to sing or play with us in the choir at Skyline.  Music can change the world because it can change people. (Bono)

Matthew Brandon, Children & Youth Director
(415) 786-6364
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Matthew Brandon came to Skyline seeking opportunities to combine his study of meditation and prayer with his passion for nurturing leadership and curiosity in youth. Matthew has a BA in philosophy from UC Berkeley and maintains a private practice in San Francisco helping adult professionals integrate their spiritual needs and gifts with their day to day lives. He brings a sense of humor and engaged curiosity to his work with children and youth.

 

Nancy Montier, Office Administrator
(510) 531-8212
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Nancy is a certified life coach who’s lived in the East Bay for 30 years.  She loves bike riding, gardening, Qi Gong, yoga, swimming, walking in nature, great vegan food, and spending time with her family – Bill, Bill IV and Andrea.  She is a member of Unity of Tri-Valley church, and enjoys progressive spirituality.  Her passion is for people to find their true gifts and the ideal ways to express them.

Selena Esaias, Nina Daluz, Childcare Providers

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A United Church of Christ
12540 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619
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