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FAITH TRIO Harvest Action 2015 – Saturday Nov. 21st

Friday, November 20th, 2015

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This year, the FAITH TRIO Harvest Celebration is the Harvest Action 2015. We are marking a decade of friendship and marching for climate repair on Saturday November 21, 2015 from 10am-3pm.

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We are participating in the Northern California Climate Mobilization, which is a local effort in advance of the 2015 UN Conference on Parties in Paris (COP21). This is a mass international mobilization as world leaders in Paris make decisions that will effect the planet for the far future. This mobilization is to show mass support for an agreement that will be effective and binding. Below is an outline of the events for our Faith Trio congregations.

Northern California Climate Mobilization demands:

  • Global agreements to implement dramatic and rapid reduction in global warming pollution
  • Keeping fossil fuels in the ground!
  • No coal exports or crude-by-rail bomb trains in Northern California
  • 100% clean, safe, renewable energy! Wind, solar, and geothermal power now!

List of events (Join us at any event – Look for our Faith Trio Banner)

10-10:45 amShabbat service near the Lake Merritt Amphitheater at 12th Street & Lake Merritt Blvd, Oakland
11:00 am – Assemble with the Northern California Climate Mobilization at the Lake Merritt Amphitheater
12 noon – March to Oakland City Hall / Frank Ogawa Plaza
1:00 pm – Rally with Northern California Climate Mobilization
2:00 pm – Move to the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California at 1433 Madison Street, Oakland. Bring a bag lunch and eat together.

The Islamic Cultural Center has invited us to gather after the action is over in their downtown facility at 1433 Madison Street near 14th Street for eating and talking together. If you have any questions, please email (check the MPC directory) any members of the Faith Trio group: Betsy King, Brad Hester, Dave Siegenthler, or Peggy Alter.

BACKGROUND OF THE FAITH TRIO — The Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, Montclair Presbyterian Church and Kehilla Community Synagogue became the Faith Trio as a result of September 11, 2001.

One Sunday weeks after the attack, three Muslim women (a mother and her two grown daughters) visited Montclair Presbyterian Church. After the service one Christian woman asked if she and others could visit an event at the Islamic Cultural Center. That year Muslim-Christian friendships developed as members of both congregations joined in each others’ events leading to annual Harvest Dinners. In 2005 Kehilla Community Synagogue joined, bringing together the three Abrahamic faiths calling themselves the Faith Trio.

The Trio has held Harvest Celebrations for the past decade, and has organized interfaith art exhibitions, poetry readings, text study sessions, and have also volunteered in food bank service together. These activities are organized through monthly meetings of representatives from each congregation — the Faith Trio Committee.

This year instead of a feast, the Faith Trio celebrates the harvest and planet earth with prayers and marching feet.
Please Join Us!


Christmas Carol Sing-Along & Dinner – Tuesday, Dec 8th

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

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Like Christmas Carols? So do we. Join us for a Christmas Carol Sing-Along on Wednesday, December 8th. We’ll start off with a simple meal in the Family Room at 6pm, then move into the Sanctuary at 7pm for carols. Everyone will have a caroling songbook, and we’ll take turns choosing which one to sing next. It’s a fun evening and a great way to help get into the Christmas spirit. The meal is free and the event is open to all.

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RECORDING – Choir Major Work: J.S. Bach Cantata 80

Friday, November 13th, 2015

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On Sunday, Nov 8, 2015, the MPC Choir, directed by Music Director Kim Rankin and accompanied by the Montclair Chamber Orchestra, performed Cantata 80 by J.S. Bach. Details about the performance are included at the link below, along with links for listening to the music in MP3 format. Check it out!


Maira Kalman at MPC on Nov 13th at 7pm

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

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On Friday, November 13th from 7-9pm. wide-ranging author and illustrator Maira Kalman will be at MPC to discuss her new book Beloved Dog. We hope you can join us for what is sure to be a heartfelt, funny, and fascinating talk.

About Beloved Dog

Beloved Dog Book CoverDogs have lessons for us all. In Beloved Dog, renowned artist and author Maira Kalman illuminates our cherished companions as only she can. From the dogs lovingly illustrated in her acclaimed children’s books to the real-life pets who inspire her still, Kalman’s Beloved Dog is joyful, beautifully illustrated, and, as always, deeply philosophical. […] With humor and intelligence, Kalman gives voice to the dogs she adores, noting that they are constant reminders that life reveals the best of itself when we live fully in the moment and extend unconditional love.

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About Maira Kalman

Maira Kalman photoMaira has written and illustrated Eighteen children’s books, including Ooh-la-la-Max in Love, What Pete Ate, Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey, 13 WORDS, a collaboration with Lemony Snicket, Why We Broke Up, with Daniel Handler,Looking at Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything.

She is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker Magazine, and is well known for her collaboration with Rick Meyerowitz on the “New Yorkistan” cover in 2001 and “The New York City Sub-Culinary Map.” Maira is currently creating an illustrated column for The New Yorker based on travels to museums and libraries.

Recent projects include illustrating Strunk and White’s classic The Elements of Style. A small opera based on the text was composed by Nico Muhly. She has created two monthly online columns for the New York Times. The first, The Principles of Uncertainty (2006-07), was a narrative journal of her life. The second, And The Pursuit of Happiness (2009) was a year long exploration of American History and democracy. Both columns are now collected in book form, published by the Penguin Press. (Source: )

View Maira Kalman’s TED talk

Please contact the MPC office for more information.


Choir Major Work – Sunday Nov. 8th at 10am

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

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ein-feste-burg-image (Small) CHOIR MAJOR WORK: During Celebration on Sunday, November 8 starting at 10am, the MPC choir will present J.S. Bach’s magisterial cantata “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott” (“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”).



Written to celebrate Reformation Sunday, this cantata uses Martin Luther’s famous hymn tune as the basis for a glorious Baroque musical structure of complexity and beauty. The choir will be accompanied by a Baroque chamber orchestra and joined by a quartet of fine vocal soloists. We look forward to sharing the splendor of Bach with the congregation!


Green Building Award – Tuesday Nov. 10th at 6pm

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

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invitecoolclimates Celebrate 15 years of California faith community climate action and honor outstanding green congregations at the Interfaith Service for the Climate and 2015 Cool Climate Awards. Montclair Presbyterian Church will be receiving the Green Building Award this year. The event will be held at the Cathedral of Christ the Light on Lake Merritt in Oakland.

To RSVP or for more information, visit Interfaith Power & Light.

Tuesday, November 10 2015, 6-8pm at Cathedral of Christ the Light (on Lake Merritt), 2121 Harrison Street Oakland, CA 94612


Jean Mudge’s Emerson Book Brunch – Sunday Dec. 13

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

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EmersonCome to “Mr. Emerson’s Revolution:” a book launch-brunch sponsored by Poets and Storytellers, on Sunday, Dec. 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, Thornhill Room.

Editor and contributor, Jean Mudge will present Ralph Waldo Emerson as more than merely the global public intellectual he was in his lifetime. He also struggled with a persistent conflict: Publicly committed to the liberation of blacks and women, he privately questioned their capabilities. How did he resolve this inner, often debilitating battle?



Come for a short video intro, reading of excerpts, and a Q and A. Copies of the book with 166 color illustrations will be available.

See more at Open Book Publishers.


Eli Cook – PC(USA) Mission Co-Worker – Saturday Oct. 31st

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

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COOK_Elisabeth_photo2_2015 (Small)Saturday, October 31 from 10-11:30am in the Thornhill Room.

Come and learn what our denomination is up to in Latin America! A Mission Co-Worker from Costa Rica, Elizabeth (Eli) Cook, will speak with us , in a presentation sponsored by the Peace & Justice Steering Committee.

Eli’s “day job” is as Bible Professor and Academic Dean at Latin American Biblical University (Universidad Bíblica Latinoamericana – UBL). The Instituto Biblico Pastoral program at UBL trains lay persons throughout Latin America, especially those with limited opportunities, such as the underprivileged, women, and indigenous peoples.

Eli says, “I am continually challenged … to be aware of the multiple forms of injustice, exclusion, discrimination and prejudice – forms of violence that are often justified legally and even Biblically in our communities and congregations.” She seeks to help UBL prepare leaders from partner churches to actively participate in the quest for reconciliation and justice.


Reflections on the Fall 2015 Women’s Retreat

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

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This year’s retreat was again held at the picturesque Ralston-White Retreat Center located on the side of Mt Tam above Mill Valley. Julie Cline, our facilitator, guided us as we learned about the characteristics of our learned patterns of behavior & unconscious biases.

Small group discussions (Small)    Wonderful meals (Small)    A cozy place to read (Small)

During the weekend, there was time for reflection, songs, hikes, ping-pong, reading, and a competitive game of Sequence.

Time for a hike (Small)   Ping Pong games on the porch (Small)    Evening time games (Small)

Saturday afternoon included a brief Taize service, followed by the creation of a liturgical banner that will eventually be displayed at MPC. A worship service brought our retreat to a close on Sunday morning.

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Peace and Justice talk with Peter Mathews, Sunday Oct. 18

Friday, October 9th, 2015

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Sunday October 18, 1:30 p.m. Come to a talk in the Family Room by author Peter Mathews, professor of political science and sociology and a TV/radio analyst. His recent book is Dollar Democracy with Liberty and Justice for Some: How to Reclaim the American Dream for All. This event is sponsored by the Peace & Justice Steering Committee. Refreshments will be served. This event will kick off a postcard writing campaign to elected officials over the ensuing weeks.