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Blessing of the Animals Oct 14, 2018

Come and celebrate the animal companions in our lives on Sunday, October 14 at 3:00-4 PM!

This is our 19th annual special ceremony to honor our animal companions and acknowledge the blessings they bring to our lives. Bring your pet(s) or a picture of your pet (or even a stuffed animal).

This is is a family event!  Refreshments provided for both pets & humans.

Afterwards, come and walk your pet through our unique labyrinth!

Watch a video from a previous blessing! 

All over the world lively and sacred ceremonies to bless our animal companions and honor the blessings they bring to our lives are held in the fall.  Churches of all denominations honor beloved pets around the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi (Oct 4) the patron saint of animals.

Reverend Laurie Manning and Rev. Sheryl Johnson of Skyline Community Church, affiliated with United Church of Christ,  bless your dog, cat, goat, parakeet, fish, horse or whatever you bring (safely) with you.  You can also bring photos of beloved pets who cannot make the journey or have passed on to receive a blessing.

The ceremony is at 3:00 PM, with registration at 2:45, in the beautiful courtyard at:9-27-15-bofa-dg-laure-and-dog-owner-blue-dress

Skyline Community Church
 12540 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, Ca. 94619

(½ mile S. of Redwood)

Come one and all, with dogs, cats, hamsters, goats, parakeets, horses and more to celebrate and enjoy our animal companions.

Here’s a blessing of the animals flyer to share with your vet or pet store, if you wish – thanks!

Find Common Ground

joy-nature-sunsetIt certainly is hot these days!

Were you one of the 81 million people who watched the presidential debates live on Monday?

I watched it, along with about 200 other people at Everett and Jones BBQ in Jack London square. The location was sweltering hot given Monday’s 90 degree temp; the crowd of rowdy, emotional people; and the huge portions of steaming hot BB chicken and ribs. It was surreal- a bit like watching a Warriors game during the playoffs with a bunch of Warriors fans.

I imagined during the evening the millions of other viewers and voters watching with other like- minded people, and I was thinking about how polarized our country has become. More than ever, we need to learn ways to open up conversations with people very different from us in order to find common ground;  from our most intimate relationships, to our global geo-political relationships, to our relationship with the earth and with all of creation.

This Sunday we celebrate World Communion and the feast of one of my favorite saints, St Francis, lover of the poor, and lover of all creatures.

I invite you on this World Communion Sunday, to join us as we seek to bring forth a truer sense of communion within ourselves, with all people, and with all of life. Join us for our annual Blessing of the Animals on Sunday at 3 pm! And like us on Facebook!

I leave you with the refrain from St Francis’s Canticle of the Sun:

The heavens are telling the glory of God, 
And all creation is shouting for joy! 
Come, dance in the forest, come, play in the field, 
And sing, sing to the glory of the Lord! 

Listen here!
Blessings,  Pastor Laurie,   (421-2646) revlauriemanning@aol.com