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.
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
Marion Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), has been an advocate for disadvantaged children for her entire professional life. For her work and writings she has received over a hundred honorary degrees and many awards including the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Prize, the Heinz Award, a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship, the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the nation’s highest civilian award), and the Robert F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Under Marion Wright Edelman’s leadership, CDF has become one of the nation’s strongest voices for children and families. If you’re not familiar with the the CDF, I encourage you to find out about them!
Among it’s many initiatives, CDF sponsors the annual interfaith celebration of Children’s sabbath.
The 2014 National Observance of Children’s Sabbath, October 19, is titled “Precious in God’s Sight: Answering the Call to Cherish and Protect Every Child.” It focuses on how we can ensure every child a strong start in life by investing in early childhood development. Read a letter from CDF president Marian Wright Edelman about the 2014 Children’s Sabbath, “Precious in God’s Sight: Answering the Call to Cherish and Protect Every Child.”
This Sunday Skyline Church is honoring Children’s Sabbath by lifting up the theme – “the preciousness of EVERY child”. We will celebrate with a fun, dynamic, moving, child-friendly service. There will be drama, music, singing, story-time, and dancing. We’ve invited a representative from the East Bay Sanctuary Movement to share with us about the plight of children seeking asylum in the US.
You are welcome to come visit, and invite your friends with children!
I leave you with some inspiring quotes from Marion Wright Edelman:
“Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.”
“You really can change the world if you care enough.”
“Never work just for money or for power. They won’t save your soul or help you sleep at night.”
“Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree.”
Children, Teens, and Children at Heart of All Ages
Drama, Music & Singing
Dancing and Laughter
Mr. Rogers Story-time
Community and Connections
Short presentation on child advocacy by Interfaith Worker Justice
Join the community for a delicious lunch and fellowship after the service
At the Church: 12540 Skyline Blvd, Oakland 94619