We Welcome You
We welcome your intellectual hunger,
We welcome your soul’s journey,
We welcome your curiosity,
We welcome your thinking.
We welcome your thirst for spirituality.
We welcome your ideas.
We welcome your pursuit to serve.
Welcome! We are so glad you are visiting with us today at www.skylineucc.org and hope it will give you a glimpse into our vibrant and growing church community.
Founded as part of the ecumenical movement, here in the Oakland Hills, Skyline Community Church has grown and evolved with this dynamic region.
We are on a journey of transformation, and we are a caring, diverse spiritual community. We create this community through worship services, an outpouring of programs and activities for children and youth, social justice endeavors, choirs and music ensembles, book groups and adult studies, social activities, affinity groups, and local and international community outreach programs.
Spiritually and theologically we are learning to become progressive Christians. That means that we believe that there is a way to be an authentic Christian, while also deeply honoring the truth in other religions, and remaining open to the insights of science and contemporary knowledge. So we are characterized by a practice of open-mindedness, a delight in diversity, a passion for justice, and a love for God manifested by our care for one another.
While proud that we are part of deeply rooted faith traditions, we are now focused on what it means to be a church today, striving in this time and place to manifest the love of God, We are ever on a journey. We continue to evolve as we explore new and relevant ways of bringing God’s transforming power into our lives.
One thing we’re pretty clear about. Our faith calls us to action in service to others. We know that love is always concrete. God has no hands but our hands, no feet but our feet, no face but our face.
We open our doors to you. We are an Open and Affirming congregation. “Whoever you are, wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!”
We bid you welcome, who come with weary spirit seeking rest.
Who come with troubles that are too much with you,
who come hurt and afraid.
We bid you welcome who come with hope in your heart.
Who come with joy in your step, who come proud and joyous.
We bid you welcome, who are seekers of a new faith.
Who come to probe and explore. Who come to learn.
We bid you welcome, who enter this hall as a homecoming,
Who have found here room for your spirit.
Who find in this people a family.
Whoever you are, wherever you are on your journey,
We bid you welcome.
Who We Are
Our faith is 2,000 years old. Our thinking is not.
We believe in God’s continuing testament. This is why we are committed to hearing God’s ancient story anew and afresh in our lives and in the world today. We try to remain attentive to God’s creative movement in the world. Religion and science are not mutually exclusive, and your head and heart are both welcomed into our places of worship. We prepare our members and leaders to be engaged in ministry in the present and future church, and we embrace all kinds of communities and new modes of thinking. Why? Because God is still speaking,
We believe in extravagant welcome. This is why we insist that God’s communion table is open, not closed, and God’s gift and claim in baptism are irrevocable. We advocate justice for all. Our congregations extend hospitality as a sign of God’s inclusive love. We teach that evangelism — offering bread to those in search of it — is God’s mission. Our perspective is global, not provincial. We work with — not against — people of other faiths. Why? Because God is still speaking,
Never place a period where God has placed a comma.
We believe the church’s mission is to change lives — individually, systemically and globally. We work to make transformation possible, but trust in God’s grace. This is why we insist that churches must be places of vitality in worship, learning and advocacy. We are committed to working for
Justice, and we believe that lives are changed through global experiences and friendships. Why? Because God is still speaking,
Legacy of Firsts for UCC:
First denomination to ordain an African American, a woman, and an openly gay man!
Laurie Manning and the Skyline Church community