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“This Changes Everything”: Dinner and Movie

this-changes-everything_final-2Friday, October 7,

6:30 Dinner – Vegetarian – RSVP, see below

7:30 Movie & Discussion * Paul Rockwell, local journalist will be facilitating our discussion.*

All are Welcome.

Our Green Team is hosting this film based on Naomi Klein’s book of the same title. From the website: “Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, [the film] is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better. “

Skyline will provide the main course including beer and wine,suggested donation $10 or bring salad, dessert, appetizer to share. PLEASE RSVP to Catherine Kessler for dinner by Oct 5!  Thank you! (510-531-8212;  cath.kessler@comcast.net

Interfaith Gatherings: Protect the Environment and Vulnerable

Conversations are taking place across the country about how to liberate government from excessive moneyed influence and restore  representative governments to protect and preserve the environment and those who are most vulnerable to environmental degradation. 

Join us this Sunday for an interfaith conversation among spiritual progressives about what we can do, globally and locally.

Please invite your friends! 

Here’s the details! 

WHEN:  Sunday, October 25

10 am – 11:30 am Rabbi Lerner will speak at the regular worship service

11:30 – 1 discussion with Rabbi Lerner & Cat Zavis about Environmental & Social Responsibility Amendment (ESRA), the Global Marshall Plan, and the Network of Spiritual Progressives.   

Rabbi Michael Lerner is co-chair with Vandana Shiva of the interfaith and secular-humanist welcoming Network of Spiritual Progressives, editor of Tikkun magazine, and author of 11 books including with Cornel West: Jews and Blacks: A Dialogue on Race, Religion and Culture in America; Jewish Renwal:A Path to Healing and Transformation; The Left Hand of God: Taking Back our Country from the Religious Right; and Embracing Israel/Palestine: A strategy for Middle East peace. For more information about him, please click here: http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/biographical-notes-on-rabbi-lerner

Cat Zavis is the Executive Director of the Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP) and a collaborative divorce attorney, mediator and trainer in conflict resolution and empathic communication. Her spiritual practices are grounded in the prophetic voices of Judaism. These voices and values infuse her efforts with the NSP to build a movement of love and justice – one that actually embodies these values not only in the goals and outcomes it strives to achieve but also in the movement itself. 

After the Pope, Now What? Rabbi Michael Lerner Speaks

BP_CA_SkylineChurch_2012-04-08_EasterSunriseService_0057“After the Pope, now what?” How do we repair and preserve our wounded planet?”

Come join your Oakland community in an Interfaith Worship Service for the Climate led by Rabbi Michael Lerner , Cat Zavis, and Rev Laurie Manning; followed by a discussion of the Environmental & Social Responsibility Amendment (ESRA) and the Network of Spiritual Progressives.

In the weeks after Pope Francis’s visit to the US in which he called upon leaders to take serious steps to address climate change, and before the November Paris Climate Change summit, interfaith conversations are taking place across the country about how to liberate government from excessive moneyed influence and restore more representative governments to protect and preserve the environment and those who are most vulnerable to environmental degradation. Join us for conversations about what we can do, globally and locally. Learn more about the ESRA, the Global Marshall Plan, and the Network of Spiritual Progressives.

WHEN:

10 am – 11:30 am worship

11:30 – 1 discussion with Rabbi Lerner & Cat Zavis about Environmental & Social Responsibility Amendment (ESRA), the Global Marshall Plan, and the Network of Spiritual Progressives.

WHERE:

Skyline United Church of Christ

12540 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619

510-531-8212

www.skylineucc.org

Skyline UCC’s distinctly beautiful sanctuary will be the setting for prayers, meditation and music giving thanks for our common home, our Earth.  We will renew our collective commitment to address climate change and repair our broken world as a moral issue.

 

Rabbi Michael Lerner is co-chair with Vandana Shiva of the interfaith and secular-humanist welcoming Network of Spiritual Progressives, editor of Tikkun magazine, and author of 11 books including with Cornel West: Jews and Blacks: A Dialogue on Race, Religion and Culture in America; Jewish Renwal:A Path to Healing and Transformation; The Left Hand of God: Taking Back our Country from the Religious Right; and Embracing Israel/Palestine: A strategy for Middle East peace.

Cat Zavis is the Executive Director of the Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP) and a collaborative divorce attorney, mediator and trainer in conflict resolution and empathic communication. Her spiritual practices are grounded in the prophetic voices of Judaism. These voices and values infuse her efforts with the NSP to build a movement of love and justice – one that actually embodies these values not only in the goals and outcomes it strives to achieve but also in the movement itself.

Reverend Laurie J. Manning is pastor at Skyline Church UCC.  She holds respective Master’s degrees from Union Theological Seminary (Columbia U), Harvard University, and the University of Michigan. Laurie has also served on the University Religious Council of Churches at UC/Berkeley to foster greater support and understanding of religious differences within the student and faculty body. This position included Christianity in dialogue with other faith traditions, such as Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and other faiths. Prior to her ordination, Laurie worked in various management capacities for Hewlett Packard’s Medical Products division, and then as a consultant with high technology and medical clients. Laurie brings a solid understanding of the psychological and organizational complexities of living as a Christian in today’s pluralistic and scientific world.

Skyline Church UCC is a community faithful to the teachings of Jesus 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.

Climate Change, the Pope and the Saint

sunbeams sunsetThis week, millions across our nation will witness the words and vision of a man who has revolutionized a church and reinvigorated a 2,000-year-old gospel.

What’s revolutionary about this? It’s not some radical new idea or ideology. In fact, it’s very old. What’s revolutionary about Pope Francis is how he lives out his Christian faith through selfless good deeds, prophetic words to world leaders, and compassionate pastoral care. He embodies the mandate often credited to his namesake St. Francis, “Preach the gospel daily, use words if necessary.”

We invite you to join us in praying for a transformative week for the US, the world’s wealthiest nation in our spiritual leadership; particularly with respect to climate change. It takes all of us working together in our great diversity.

Towards this end, Skyline’s Green team is partnering up with California Interfaith Power and Light and the emerging Alameda County Interfaith climate change team to host two prayer vigils on Wed Sept 23rd, at 6:30 am and 6:30 pm here at Skyline. We are pleased to be including a truly diverse interfaith team in this stunningly beautiful setting and times. Come sing, pray, meditate and learn more about what we can accomplish together. Bring your friends who love the earth!

This Sunday we will continue to honor St Francis in our morning worship followed by an Inquirer’s Session (see below) for folks who want to learn more about who we are as a faith community.

Then on Sunday, we will also hold our annual Blessing of the Animals at 2:45 pm. Bring your friends, bring your pets, bring your friends with pets!

 

September Highlights and High Light!

It’s Homecoming Sunday! Our choir begins, worship will be wonderful, and afterwards we’re joining together for a BBQ featuring a Bounce House for the children and young at heart! Bring your friends, your family, and your appetites!

pride2015-Boyd photo everyone by car smallIn addition, our contingent who proudly represented Skyline at Oakland’s Pride Parade this past Sunday, will be bringing the parade home to us this week in songs, stories, and pictures including more like the ones in this email!

Those of you with a passion for the planet, please mark your calendars for:

* Wednesday, Sept 23,  6:30 am & 6:30 pm  for our interfaith climate change vigils, on the eve of the Pope’s historic visit to the US Congress, and on the eve of Yom Kippur, a time to atone for our injury of the earth, and to join together in its healing.  Our Green team is sponsoring this special event in partnership with California Interfaith Power and Light and the newly formed Alameda County Interfaith action group who spent the summer reading the Pope’s encyclical. If you’d like to learn more, or get involved, join us for our planning session this Wednesday at 7 pm or contact Pastor Laurie.

* Sunday, Sept 27th 3 pm Blessing of the Animals, featuring talks from Oakland Zoo giraffe specialist and Veterinarian Dr Jenny Taylor. If you’d like to learn more, or get involved, please review the attached press release, and contact Pastor Laurie.

Those of you with a passion for Skyline, and want to learn more:  * Mark your calendars for Sunday Sept 27th  from 11:30 – 12:30 for our Inquirer’s Session. A chance to meet with pastor Laurie and others to explore who we are, and what we’re seeking on our spiritual journeys.

In addition, I encourage you to read on about these urgent justice issues.

Blessings,

Pastor Lauire

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)

WHERE:

Skyline United Church of ChristLabyrinth

12540 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619

510-531-8212

skyineucc.org

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.

Our Common Home: Study Group of Pope Francis’ Climate Letter

Click here for more information for the Sept 2 study group:

CIPL Pope Francis Encyclical Sept 2 at Skyline

Also, we are providing healthy organic fruit, veggies, proteins, and drinks! 

What We Do to Mother Earth, We Do to Ourselves

Image converted using ifftoanyThis past Mother’s Day weekend my heart rejoiced in the many eco-justice events happening throughout the Bay Area; from the East Bay chapter of 350.org, to the Sierra Club, to Skyline Green Team’s  “Water Concerns” event.

I believe that we are becoming more aware of how inextricably connected we are with our many mothers – including Mother God and Mother Earth.

I leave with you the wisdom of two visionary writers, who share this love of our Mothers:
A Call to Prayer
Hildegard of Bingen
The earth is at the same time mother,
She is mother of all that is natural, mother of all that is human.
She is the mother of all, for contained in her are the seeds of all.
The earth of humankind contains all moistness, all verdancy, all germinating power.
It is in so many ways fruitful.
All creation comes from it. Yet it forms not only the basic raw material for humankind, but also the substance of the incarnation of God’s son.

A Quote by Chief Seattle
Teach your children what we have taught our children: that the earth is our true mother. Whatever happens to the earth, happens to the children of the earth. If people spit on the ground, they spit on themselves. We know: the earth does not belong to people, but people belong to the earth. We know: everything is joined together in some way, like the blood that runs through a family. Whatever happens to the earth, happens to the children of the earth. We did not weave the web of life; we are just a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.

Healing our Wounded Planet

Even with all of the evidence about the growing urgency of the global warming crisis it continues to be a low priority for Americans according to Pew Research.

Despite the public doubt and misinformation, the message does seem to be slowly getting through.

The UCC is the first major denomination in the US to vote to divest from fossil fuels, as a way to bankrupt Big Oil and Big Coal; not financially so much as morally in order to isolate them as outsiders just as anti smoking activists stigmatized big tobacco. The movement is spreading among the young and the educated. Students throughout the country are pressuring their administrations to divest from fossil fuels. Over 300 universities throughout the country, including UC Berkeley have divested, as the movement continues.

This year, our UCC Annual Meeting for the Northern California Nevada Conference is focusing on the theme of water conservation, education and advocacy.

At Skyline our Green Team is taking the lead on climate change issues for our church and is mobilizing the wider community here in the Oakland Hills to adopt renewable energy sources, influence practices to conserve water and encourage clean energy and sustainable living. This, too, parallels what happened in the tobacco debate when the first restrictions came at the local level. It starts with grass roots community organizing.. w/students, w/courageous faith communities, and people like you and me. Come join us for our May 10th Water Concerns event! (See event notice below)

The story of the resurrection is beckoning to us now to come and be part of the healing of our wounded planet.

I share with you this poem by Emerson:

Water
By Ralph Waldo Emerson

The water understands
Civilization well;search
It wets my foot, but prettily,
It chills my life, but wittily,
It is not disconcerted,
It is not broken-hearted:
Well used, it decketh joy,
Adorneth, doubleth joy:
Ill used, it will destroy,
In perfect time and measure
With a face of golden pleasure
Elegantly destroy.

With love and hope,
Pastor Laurie

SCC Green Team’s Mission Statement

water drop & handWe recognize humanity’s impact on Earth and the urgent necessity to be stewards of God’s creation for the future of all beings.

We will promote awareness of our local and global environment, and work to reduce our environmental footprint in all Skyline activities:

worship
education
buildings and grounds
energy and water use
community service
our individual lives