Spirituality

SPIRITUALITY SECTION:

Do you consider yourself spiritual, but not religious?

Do you take the bible seriously, but not literally?

Do you view Christian faith as a path to God, but not the only path?

Do you seek faith in your own personal experience?

Do you seek to integrate science and other forms of contemporary knowledge into your faith, and trust the intellectual progress serves faith?

If so, we encourage you to join us in our learning opportunities:

Throughout the year, we offer a variety of learning formats, including the following:

Groups with regular meetings:

Movie nights: at our monthly movie nights, we review contemporary and classic films with spiritual themes. These have included: Jesus Christ Superstar, An Inconvenient truth, Micheal Moore’s film “Sicko”, and “What the Bleep do we Know?”  If you have a movie in mind, please contact Pastor Laurie!

Family movie potlucks: each quarter we host a potluck dinner and a short movie, with our preschool families. If you have a movie you’d like to discuss, please contact Pastor Laurie.

Annually scheduled events:

Blessing of the Animals: to honor all God’s creatures great and small. Animals are important family members and they tend to bring people and communities together. this event is open to the public and children are especially welcome

All Hallow’s Eve celebration

Mardi Gras: to celebrate the spirit of New Orleans and dress up in costumes and party!

Earth Day: to honor, celebrate, and seek to preserve the beauty of our planet.

Proposed new groups:

1. Book clubs: monthly discussions of works of fiction and non fiction. Meets in the afternoon at homes of the participants. Books include, “Ekhardt Tolle’s” “The Power of Now”, Marcus Borg’s “The Heart of Christianity”.

2. Bible study groups: weekly discussion of upcoming Sunday’s scripture readings. Meets Tuesdays at 10:30 – 11:30 am at the church.

3. Parents of young children – a group that meets for discussion and fun

4. Sunday afternoon hikes in Chabot and Tilden Parks.. after church, when the weather is nice. Bring hiking gear and a brown bag lunch!

Theatre

- summer performances presented each year by the Piedmont performing arts. performances have included Alladin and Snow White the Seven Dwarfs

- summer outings to Woodminster Theatre musical performances, including JC Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the Wizard of OZ.

Educational programs themes:

Occasional programs:

1. Progressive Christianity 101.

A Faith-Sharing Group for Seekers, Doubters and Life-Long Learners

Using Marcus Borg’s book The Heart of Christianity and a
companion study guide and DVD, we will explore the basics of
the Christian faith and its meaning and inspiration for our lives
today. Please see sign up lists in the Fireside Room.

2. Living the Questions - a 12 week DVD and web based small group program of Christianity’s invitation, initiation, and spiritual formation, featuring today’s leading theological thinkers. Daytime and evening groups.

3. Travel talks - presentations by members who’ve taken unusual trips.

4. Health and Wellness Programs

Progressive Christianity 101
A Faith-Sharing Group for Seekers, Doubters
and Life-Long Learners

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Skyline UCC
A United Church of Christ
12540 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619
(510) 531-8212

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