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Celebration of Gratitude – Family Friendly Worship/Drama

Members Tim Carter and David Guerra will present a fun, creative puppet drama this Sunday. It features several Martians visiting planet earth trying to understand what Thanksgiving and gratitude are. They discover it includes not only “abundance,” “food,” “pumpkin pie,” “cranberry sauce”, “pilgrim,” and “Indian,” but also…“turkey!!!”
 
They encounter a very upset giant turkey (Mr Tim Turkey), who helps them understand the deeper meaning of giving thanks!
 
Join us as we explore the deeper meaning of gratitude and Thanksgiving as an inter-generational community.
 
Bring your children and friends and your appetite for fun!
 
Also, at the service we are collecting pies for the Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless and non-perishable food donations to Alameda County Community Food Bank, so please share whatever abundance you can. Thank you!

Immigration: Who Is My Neighbor?

You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord,
“My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.”  Psalm 91:1-2

 In light of President Trump’s recent executive order banning immigrants from seven majority Muslim countries, we are once again confronted with the question: who is my neighbor?

Join us this Sunday as we explore the ethics and biblical teachings about sanctuary. Joining us to share his experiences with the sanctuary movement is Bob Lane. In addition to working with the justice task forces in his home church, the Mt. Diablo, UU Church, Bob is an active member of the Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy (FAME).  FAME is a coalition of clergy, lay leaders and congregations that works in solidarity with marginalized groups toward the Beloved Community where all persons have their basic needs met, where every person’s worth is recognized and affirmed, and where the dignity of labor and of all those who perform it is honored.  FAME is currently a part of the New Sanctuary Movement providing accompaniment and protection for those targeted for displacement and dispossession.

This Sunday we will also be collecting donations, food & clothing for those most vulnerable here in Oakland, including undocumented families. (please read the announcement about “Souperbowl Sunday“) 

Also, speaking about sanctuary is our very own Mirtha Ninayahuar, who’s advocacy work over the past few years has been life-changing, not only for the families she has supported, but also for her.

According to a Jan 31st  New York Times article, the children around the world who most need emergency international assistance come mainly from the countries singled out in President Trump’s order barring entry to the US, according to a United Nations assessment. 

“This shows who the ban really impacts: the world’s most vulnerable, women and children who are fleeing terror,” said Jennifer Sime, a senior vice president at the International Rescue Committee, a humanitarian organization focused on refugees. “America is turning away from its leadership role on refugee resettlement, and it is refugees who are paying the price.”

 Blessings and peace, Pastor Laurie

New Children-Youth-Family Director

elijah-carrollIt is a great pleasure to announce that Eli’jah Carroll, our top candidate for our Children, Youth & Family Director position, has joined our Skyline team. Eli’jah’s first Sunday with us will be October 16th. 

Pastor Laurie and members of the Search Committee interviewed Eli’jah, and observed him leading our children’s program. After each step in the search process, our interest continued to grow.

Eli’jah studied music and theatre from U Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and also studied liberal arts at the U of St Thomas in Texas. He received his Masters degree in Divinity in 2016 from Pacific School of Religion. He brings with him a wealth of experience as a church school teacher, a youth leader, musician, a worship leader, and is currently a Member-In-Discernment with the Northern California and Nevada Conference (NCNC) of the UCC.

In his own words, 

I am committed to fostering faith development for children and youth that encourage intergenerational experiences for championing all ages to learn from one another about God’s expansive and exhaustive Love for all of creation. Embodying our beliefs is at the heart of all spiritual development.  This is especially true for our youth. 

Thanks so much for a wonderful welcome!

Peace,

Eli’jah Carroll Mdiv.  Pacific School of Religion ’16

Special thanks to the Search Committee and the Church Council for your patience and support during the search process.  

Blessings, Pastor Laurie 

Talking to Your Children about the Orlando Tragedy

A father holding the hand of his daughter.If your child is aware of the events in Orlando…

  • Provide a safe space so your child can express his/her feelings…and be sure to seek out support from other adults for your feelings as well.
  • Talk with your child about how you can honor those affected by this event. Suggestions include: lighting a candle, saying a prayer, sending blessings of love and healing, attending the vigil with their parents, etc.
  • Talk with your child about how you can show the power of love, not hate, in your daily actions. Suggestions include: speaking up for a child who is being bullied, inviting a child over to play whose family is different from yours, etc.

Thanks for helping to raise children who care. Together, we contribute to a human family based on love.

Thank You, Mom!

Last Sunday afternoon I had the honor of being with one of the most amazing moms I’ve ever met!

There she was,  nursing four of her little ones all at the same time, with such ease and joy.

Find it hard to believe? Well, Here she is! cat nursing kittens

We are one truly “one body with many parts”. With our mothers, we were literally one body.

Hidden deep within her our genesis began. Let us on this mother’s day give thanks for the wonder of our birth, our lives, and our mothers.

Blessings and love, Pastor Laurie