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Pride at Skyline: Parade and Sunday Service

Lift Your Spirits with Us at Pride 2018

Oakland Pride March, Sunday, September 9, 2018, 10:00 am:  March Line-Up:  14th Street and Clay Street, Downtown Oakland

Pride Service, Sunday September 16, 2018, 10:00 am, Church Sanctuary, 12540 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland 

Many of us have felt discouraged and uneasy due to the words and actions of the current White House Administration.  Those of us in the LGBTQ communities, along with our allies, have particularly experienced concern about the increasingly divisive, bigoted, partisan rhetoric we hear on a daily basis. 

The Pride season offers up an opportunity to feel connected, supported, energized and uplifted. 

On September 9th, join us at 14th Street and Clay in Downtown Oakland, as we unite with our friends from the various United Church of Christ congregations in the Bay Area, for the 2018 Oakland Pride March.  Families, children, pets, those of differing abilities, races, religions and statuses…. all are encouraged and welcome at this event.

On September 16th, make your way up the hill to our sanctuary at 12540 Skyline Boulevard for our annual Pride Sunday Service.  We will celebrate the history of the resilient rainbow spirit and the unique gifts of the LGBTQ community and beyond, with special music and artistry from throughout our community. 

All are appreciated and welcome!

Now’s the Time to Celebrate Love and Unity

Last weekend a contingent of us from Skyline gathered glorious Sunday morning to celebrate Oakland Pride. It was my first year actually participating in the parade, and I’m very grateful to Teresa Jenkins for preaching last Sunday. Truth be told, I was especially grateful after returning from a family reunion, and the harrowing experience of my father almost dying the night we arrived. I returned exhausted, physically and emotionally, and that combined with the state of the world, I would have preached about the apocalypse. Consider it all:  the total eclipse over the US last month, last week’s powerful earthquake in Mexico, the unprecedented destruction of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the raging fires in the West, the heartless proposed DACA deportations, the ever present threat of nuclear strikes from North Korea, and the precarious state of our democracy. Does it ever seem as if God is sending us many signs from the heavens that the world is coming to an end?
 
I don’t believe that God brings forth the violence that we’re experiencing, but I do believe that God uses the violence to wake us up and to bring us together.  I was grateful to celebrate Pride, and to celebrate love and unity. Below you’ll find some photos from the parade.
 
Join us this Sunday as we celebrate our reunion together at Skyline! The choir returns, we will enjoy some festivities after worship, and above all, we will celebrate love.

Coming Out Sunday: 10-9-16

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National Coming Out Day is Oct 11 and Skyline will honor the journeys of our LGBTQ family through personal sharing, songs, and sermon. We do this every year, along with churches throughout the country.  Here is where all can find a home; where we can raise our awareness and compassion. We’ll have:

  • Powerful personal reflections from members and friends
  • Fabulous Music!
  • Community love and awareness

Invite your friends, family and neighbors in your LGBTQ community to discover Skyline’s open and affirming welcome.

Spread the word – see our event on Facebook, share it with friends, and respond there if you are coming.  Thank you!

Skyline at Oakland Pride Parade and Festival 9-11-16

pride2015-Boyd photo everyone by car smallVisit Skyline’s Oakland Pride Booth Sunday, September 11: 11 am – 4 pm

We  have a booth, and will march in the parade!  Suzie will drive her car again, carrying Skyline’s own “Queen Rhea”! David G. has created huge butterfly wings!  We have many members and friends taking part, so come visit!  The excitement is starting to build!

Enter at these locations:

Main Entrance: Broadway & 20th Street (exit 19th St BART Station)

Webster Entrance: Webster & 21st Street

17th St Entrance: 17th Street & Franklin

Parade –  begins 10:30 AM at Broadway & 14th Street and goes to Broadway & matthew banna at pride booth
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There is almost NO PARKING at the event. It is recommended that you take BART in. You may drive (carpooling is good, too) to Rockridge BART or another BART station,  park your car there, and BART to the 19th ST. BART station the festival is right there as you exit BART.  BART back out when you leave.  BART parking is free on weekends.   A round-trip fare from Rockridge (or Fruitvale) to 19th St. is $3.70.  Most lines go through the 19th St. station. Check a map if you’re not sure which train to take to get you to 19th St. BART station: http://www.bart.gov/tickets/calculator

YOU Are Welcome Here!

BP_CA_SkylineChurch_2012-04-08_EasterSunriseService_0057This is a season of transition as we return from the peace of summer vacations and prepare ourselves for the season of fall. For many people this can be a very stressful time. It is our hope to offer you a sanctuary; a place of peace and welcome; a place where you come to be restored, fed with inspiring words & music, beauty, and community… and yes, delicious food! There’s something for everyone, including simply peace.

This Sunday some of us will be taking part in Oakland Pride  by walking in the parade and sharing at our booth, while others will be exploring the question of who we say Jesus is, here and now for us today!

Next Sunday, Sept 20, we will welcome you with a BBQ picnic- including a children’s Jump House and other family games!

On Wed Sept 23rd, we will hold two Interfaith vigils, in partnership with California Interfaith Power and Light, featuring music, reflections, and community building.  We will have sunrise service at 6:30 AM and a sunset service at 6:30 PM. This is on the eve of the Pope’s historic address to the US Congress on Climate Change.

On Sun, Sept 27th, at 3 pm, we will hold our annual Blessing of the Animals in honor of St Francis’s vision of the preciousness of all Creatures, great and small. (link)

And remember, no matter who you are, where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!

Blessings, Pastor Laurie

Oakland Pride Sunday Service

This Sunday, August 24th is our own Oakland Pride Sunday service. Come celebrate with us at 10 AM! Bring your friends! Hear testimonials from several members of our congregation!

All are welcome here!

  • When the UCC, Golden Gate Association in 1972, ordained Bill Johnson as the first openly gay minister in an historical Protestant denomination, we were extremists for love. All are welcome!
  • When the UCC, on July 4, 2005 overwhelming voted as the first mainline denomination to support same gender marriage equality;
  • when, in 2008, at the height of the debate over same-sex marriage in California during Prop 8 this congregation hung a banner in front of the church entrance, proclaiming to every passerby “Support Marriage Equality. We do”;
  • when your pastor blessed same sex couples for many years before it was a legal right, and urged all heterosexual couples she married to stand in solidarity with them until the day that marriage became a legal right for all people, we were standing on the side of love.

All are welcome here!

By the way, did you hear that the states that allow same sex marriage have lower divorce rates? In states where same-sex marriages are legally recognized, the divorce rate is 20 percent lower than in states that only allow marriages between a man and a woman. Rachel Maddow says “It turns out gay marriage is a Defense of Marriage Act.” Who knew?

Standing on the side of love doesn’t require power. It requires courage. Because courage is power. Join us as we celebrate the liberating empowering good news!

Here’s a 1 minute all-are-welcome video called The Bouncer!

Blessings,
Pastor Laurie