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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.

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.