Oakland church

Archive for Press

Interfaith Vigils for the Climate & Pope Francis’s Speech to Congress

pope francis and st francisSeptember 23, 2015:

Two Interfaith Vigils for the Climate & for Pope Francis’ Speech to Congress

As Pope Francis prepares to speak to the US Congress on September 24 about climate change, interfaith vigils are being held across the country. Skyline United Church of Christ, joined by members of other East Bay congregations concerned about the climate crisis, will host two interfaith prayer services for the climate – one in the morning and one in the evening.

WHEN:   SUNRISE at 6:30 a.m. &  SUNSET at 6:30 p.m (duration approx 45 min each)


Skyline United Church of ChristLabyrinth

12540 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619



Skyline UCC’s distinctively beautiful sanctuary will be the setting for prayers, meditation and music giving thanks for our common home, the Earth; and renewing our collective commitment to addressing climate change and repairing our broken world as a moral issue.

This vigil is being planned by California Interfaith Power & Light’s new Alameda County Interfaith Working Group.

Interfaith Climate Action Network Contra Costa LogoAlameda County Interfaith Working Group started in June this year. Different faith traditions gathered to form an East Bay California Interfaith Power and Light Working Group.  In July and August the team hosted, at different houses of worship in Alameda County, an interfaith study group of Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change.


Skyline Church UCC is a community faithful to the teachings of BP_CA_SkylineChurch_2012-04-08_EasterSunriseService_0057Jesus Christ. We acknowledge the worth of all beings. We invite all who wish to enter our Sanctuary and the full life of our church family. Ours is a God of justice and compassion, and our church lives in covenant with God to do its utmost to pursue justice and compassion, as an Open and Affirming congregation.

Additional information may be found at www.skylineucc.org, http://interfaithpower.org/get-involved-3/alameda-interfaith-climate-action-network-east-bay-working-group/, and http://interfaithpower.org/.

Because bus service is limited, if you can offer, or need a ride, contact Heather MacLeod  510-459-3452   macleodphd@gmail.com.

“Let There be Peace for All” Nelson Mandela

Yesterday the rain drenched heavens and earth could not dampen the hope of the tens of thousands of people in Johannesburg, South Africa, or the hundreds of millions throughout the world who paused to honor the life of Nelson Mandela.

Not only did Mandela lead the world in his vision of race reconciliation but he also worked tirelessly to fight AIDS, bring peace to warring nations, and promote respect for LGBT rights (South Africa became the 5th country in the world to legalize gay marriage).

So, yes, a mighty figure may have died at the age of 95. But travel around Africa & the world, and you see his imprint, his legacy, and his spirit. Mandela lives… kindled by the eternal flame..the light.. that so inspired Isaiah, inspired John, inspired Jesus, and inspires us now. Inspired by his vision and his perseverance and his capacity for forgiveness and reconciliation, even through the 27 long years in prison, may we never lose hope for what is possible in our lives, or in the world. May it begin with each one of us.

I close with Mandela’s words from his inauguration that speak to our greatest needs today.

“Out of the experience of an extraordinary human disaster that lasted too long, must be born a society of which all humanity will be proud.

The time for the healing of the wounds has come.

The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come.

The time to build is upon us.

We understand it still that there is no easy road to freedom.

We know it well that none of us acting alone can achieve success.

We must therefore act together as a united people, for national reconciliation, for nation building, for the birth of a new world.

Let there be justice for all.

Let there be peace for all.

Let there be work, bread, water & salt for all.

Let each know that for each the body, the mind & the soul have been freed to fulfill themselves.

Let freedom reign. God bless us all. Amen”.

Blessing of the Animals ’09 – A Huge Success

Beth_BofASkyline’s 2009 Blessing of the Animals event attracted 60 people along with 33 dogs, 9 cats, and two horses. Lee Rutter and Julie Duff brought their “minis”— these little horses were a big hit with everyone! The tiny horses were in perfect proportion to the little girls and boys who gathered around them. One of the dogs, a mastiff, was equal in size with the horses. Several of the dogs were tiny Chihuahuas. We all enjoyed the varied sizes, breeds and coloring of the dogs as well as the much more quiet and sedate cats.
The Oakland Tribune sent a photographer and the pictures were on the front page of the Monday, October 5, Metro Section. Publicity included notices in the Bay Woof newspaper and the Contra Costa Times, flyers in veterinarians’ offices, signs at crossing areas, and flyers along the paths and at the Equestrian Center.
Lee_girlThere had been considerable concern about having the event time changed from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon. Of the 60 attendees, 36 were from Skyline Church. The excellent attendance of our own members validates the change. So, mark Sunday, October 3, 2010 for the next Blessing of the Animals at Skyline!

Special thanks to Jean Siciliano, Lee and Chris Rutter, Laureen Sheldon, Beth Rogers, Rhea Babbitt, Suzie Harris, Pastor Laurie Manning, Rachel, Ken and Kate Hoeim, Kayla Bonewell, Vangie Castro, Rev. Sally Juarez and others.


Skyline builds a Memorial Labyrinth Garden

Skyline Church has been planning a walking labyrinth below its Sanctuary in an unused area that boarders East Bay Regional Park District for 5 years. There have been setbacks due to lack of funds, but now this sacred space is on it’s way to becoming an asset to the community!

Labyrinth Memorial Garden - in the making

It is just laid out in landscapers spray, but already people are out there walking it! Natural in its design the labyrinth will draw the already abundant wildlife that flourishes in this serene location. River rock will outline the pattern and will be held in place with pathway fines. Two locations are defined as seating and will have large rocks to act as benches. The soft sounds of flowing water will emanate from a rock fountain that will be located in one of the seating areas. The perimeter plantings will be California natives and other low water vegetation. This memorial garden that will be open to the public.

Saturday July 12th 9:00 to 4:00 pm the neighborhood will tackle 20 ton of stone to make this dream become a reality. We will provide lunch and childcare. You are invited to help place one of the small cobbles that will line the walking pattern, shovel some fines and tamp in place. The work of many hands and feet will make this vision a reality that will last into time as a memorial to the stewardship of our earth.

We offer our sincere appreciation to American Soil and Stone, located in Richmond, for their generous donation. It truly does take a village to make something of this magnitude happen.