Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Fremont, California       A spiritual community of open minds,
                                  nurturing growth and healing in ourselves and all people.
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November 26, 2014
Greetings!Jeremy Nickel  


I know that the holiday season can be one of joy, but also isolation.  Many of us find ourselves sharing time and meals with folks who just don't think a lot like we do, and that can be hard.  Lots of energy can be spent avoiding topics, or sometimes unleashed when the wrong one is broached.   


This gathering of far flung family (chosen and given) is as much opportunity as it is minefield, and if approached correctly can actually be the blessing we seek in this season.   


So, here are my words of wisdom to bring with you to the Thanksgiving table that just might help open things up with that crazy Uncle, racist grandmother or cousin you just never can see eye to eye with:


Step one: Lead with a question. They are the best bridge across difference.


Step two: After you ask a question, then be quiet and really listen to the answer.  


Step three: Then (and this is the most crucial part) respond in reference to what that person actually said, not what you already wanted to say.   


Good luck, and happy Thanksgiving to all! 


Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel

Minister of Mission Peak UU Congregation

Fremont, CA.


Cell: 510.936.1632 


Preferred appointment times: Tue-Thur 11am-6pm


Available by appointment all days except Monday
This Sunday's Service - November 30, 2014

Beyond Gratitude 
At Thanksgiving time, we are reminded to be grateful for all that we have. This week, we will examine gratitude at a deeper level -- delving into the internal, intimate, macro level things that we have to be grateful for. By getting to the deepest levels of gratitude, we can develop a way of living that, whille not bullet-proof, can guard against some of the day-to-day stresses in our lives.      


Leading the service will be Dawn Fortune and Worship Associate Allysson McDonald.  Music will be provided by Mark Kahn.
Tree of Life
Sharing our Joys and Sorrows

As Mission Peak UU continues to grow in size we will experiment with new ways to stay connected to each other.  The Tree of Life is one strategy growing congregations use to keep aware of the events that mark our lives.  Please email any submissions to the weekly Tree of Life to Sandra by clicking here. Submissions may be edited for clarity, appropriateness and space.

This week, the hearts and minds of Mission Peak UU hold these people and communities in our collected love:

- Tony Dutra, who tell us that:

I am very happy about the following:My sister Cindy was married on Nov. 2nd.  My niece Allie gave birth to a health 10.2lb boy (John - Michael) on Nov. 8th.  My nephew is getting married this Saturday.  I'm having a ball with my first grandchild (granddaughter) Adelina who is 10 months old today.  I became a member of the MPUUC for which I'm grateful. 

- All who make an extra space at their Thanksgiving table for those in need of community.

- All those grieving with the parents of Michael Brown.

Peace and blessings be upon us all - Rev. Jeremy D Nickel
From Broken to Art
We need your broken junk!

In March we will be making a giant community art project together.  To do this, we will be piecing together the broken fragmented bits of plastic, glass, ceramic and porcelain that we collect over the next few months into a beautiful piece of art to hang behind the pulpit.

And we need to start collecting our materials now.  So over the next few months, when you break a dish or mug, or your child smashes apart an old toy, or your favorite earrings break - this is an opportunity to help out.  Save those broken bits and bring them in with you on Sunday to add to our "Broken Bits Bin" that will sit near the entrance to Cole Hall.

Thank you in advance!
Love Heroes Wanted
Courageous Love Heroes Wanted!

Mission Peak UU's  Courageous Love Award nomination period opens this week. Does someone in Tri-Cities area (Fremont, Union City, Newark) who comes to mind?
  • Is there someone who has inspired a local movement for love?
  • Is there an organization or individual who has faced oppression, discrimination, and prejudice with grace and inspired determination?

If you know someone who fits that description, please send me some info. about them to AllyssonMcDonald@gmail.com. The deadline for nominations is January 4, 2015, and the award will be presented at our service the morning of February 15, 2015, in conjunction with Standing on the Side of Love Month.  


The message "Standing on the Side of Love," has become a rallying cry for people of various faith traditions in situations in which people are being marginalized and oppressed because of who they are.  The goal is to harness love's power to challenge exclusion, oppression and violence based on sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, race, religion, or any other identity.


In the past we've awarded Pat Skillen, a president of  the local PFLAG chapter; Sister Ramona Bascom  who is a founder of InterFaith Women of Peace; and Moina Shaik who was a member of the Alameda Human Relations Commission and a founder of the Muslim Support Network as well as the Muslim Spiritual Care Network for Kaiser Permanente. We have always had an article in the local press for these awards.


The Social Justice Committee looks forward to your suggestions for this year's amazing Love Hero!!
Sunday Services Volunteers
Sunday Services Committee

We are in need of a greeter on the 1st Sunday of the month to replace Robert Jensen.  We also still need people for the aesthetics team.  Please contact  Ursel Bloxsom, Sunday Services Team Coordinator, dsbloxsom@aol.com.


Community Office Hours
Rev. Nickel's upcoming dates

I am always interested in suggestions for new places, times and ways that this could work better for you, so if you have an idea, please drop me a line, it is as easy as clicking right here.  And of course I am also always available by personal appointment all days except Monday.

Thursday, December 4
10 AM - 12 PM
Suju's (new location)
4949 Stevenson Blvd

Wednesday, December 17
12 PM - 2 PM
Mission Coffee
151 Washington Blvd

Mission Peak UU
Calendar of Upcoming Events

November 23
The Mystery of Aging 7-9 pm


December 1
Jeremy's Coffee Hours 11-1 pm

Budhist Meditation/Dharma Study 7-9 pm

Men's Breakfast/Cole Hall 8-9 am

Budhist Meditation/Dharma Study 7-9 pm

Board Meeting 7-9 pm
COM Committee Retreat 8:30-2 pm

Who We Are

Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fremont was founded in 1993. We are a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.


Mission Peak members determine its policies, choose its minister, and support it financially.


We affirm and promote these UUA Principles and Purposes:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in our society at large
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

We invite you to join us and add your commitment to ours. Mission Peak is a living and changing congregation, responsive to the spiritual needs of its members. With the leadership of our minister, we search for ways to fulfill ourselves as individuals and as a community. Joining us is a commitment to this process. 


Our mailing address is:

P.O. Box 545 Fremont, CA 94537-0545

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