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Skyline Community Church - Oakland, California's progressive, spiritual, open and affirming, green, sanctuary congregation of the United Church of Christ.
JANUARY 9, 2022
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Dear Ones,

In this season of Epiphany, I give thanks for the life and inspiration of Desmond Tutu, beloved man of faith, freedom fighter, anti-apartheid activist, justice-maker and peace-maker. May he rest in peace and rise in glory, and may his legacy live on in all of us!
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7-9 pm Wednesday, Jan 5 join me on Zoom to watch a film about his life. Learn more.
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I'll leave you with a few of my favorite quotes from him to reflect upon as we begin this new year: 

We are all connected. What unites us is our common humanity. I don't want to oversimplify things - but the suffering of a mother who has lost her child is not dependent on her nationality, ethnicity or religion. White, black, rich, poor, Christian, Muslim or Jew - pain is pain - joy is joy.
 
God is not upset that Gandhi was not a Christian, because God is not a Christian! All of God's children and their different faiths help us to realize the immensity of God.
 
The God who existed before any religion counts on you to make the oneness of the human family known and celebrated. Isn't it amazing that we are all made in God's image, and yet there is so much diversity among his people? In the Bible, we first encounter God when he sides with a bunch of slaves against a powerful Pharaoh, an act of grace freely given.
 
When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.
 
Love is universal. You don't have to tell somebody that loving is better than hating. You don't have to believe in God to know that stealing is bad. All of God's children and their different faiths help to realize the immensity of God. No faith contains the whole truth about God. And certainly Christians don't have a corner on God. All of us belong to God.

 
with love,
Pastor Laurie 
Wednesday, Jan 12 at 10am join the UCC webinar—Getting Congress to Act: Strategies, Tactics, and Vision for 2022. Frederick Douglass once said, "Power concedes nothing without a demand." The next Creation Justice Webinar will focus on the art and craft of making a demand, and how people of faith can best organize themselves to place pressure on Congress to act in 2022. For insight and guidance, we will turn to three panelists with local and national experience as organizers: the Rev. A. Kazimir Brown from the Poor People's Campaign, the Rev. Chibuzo Nimmo Petty from For Our Future, and Kim McMurray from Indivisible. Even if you can’t make the scheduled time still sign-up, and we will send you a recording. 
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