This Week on the Peak

This Week on the Peak – Wednesday, April 19, 2017

This Week on the Peak
Mission Peak UU – Fremont, CA
The Home of Liberal Religion in the Tri-Cities and Beyond!
April 19, 2017


Mission Peak UU Hires new DRE

The Director of Religious Education (DRE) search committee is excited to introduce our new 1/2 time DRE, JeKaren Taylor. The DRE search committee unanimously selected JeKaren and the board unanimously approved our selection.
JeKaren most recently served as the DRE at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County in Modesto. Prior to that, she served as an interim DRE at High Street Unitarian Universalist Church in Macon, GA. JeKaren received her BA from Mercer University in Macon, GA.

Based on her DRE positions and other jobs she has held,  JeKaren brings skills such as organization,  use of on-line tools for communication, recruitment experience, and has an understanding of how UU religious education programs work.  During our interview with her, she was friendly and poised.

JeKaren starts May 1st. Her first Sunday at Mission Peak UU will be May 7th. Please give her a warm Mission Peak UU welcome!

The search committee members were: Shyno Chacko (chair), Steve Wallcave , Megan McMillen, Natalie Campbell and Kathrine Alm (youth group representative).

Steve Wallcave

This Sunday’s Service:
“Sankofa: Go Back and Get It”
Fifty years after the Civil Rights Movement, what lessons can we learn for today?
Alex Haider-Winnett is a life-long UU originally from Southern California. He holds a BA in Peace Studies from Earlham College and is pursuing ordained UU ministry at Pacific School of Religion. He lives in Berkeley with his wife Christine, their two cats and their newborn baby Elliott. He enjoys watching movies, eating tacos, reading comics and Universalist theology.


Leading the service will be
Alex Haider-Winnett and Worship Associate Drew Wilson.  Music will be
provided by Eric Niessner. 
March for Science San Francisco
Join an interfaith group of religious people who are marching to support science in the San Francisco March For Science.
Date: Saturday, April 22
Time: Gather at 10:45 a.m.
Location: Gather near the Boudin Bakery on Justin Herman Plaza

  • Wear: If you have any religiously identifiable clothing, you are encouraged to wear it.
  • Signs: make and bring the signs that identify you as a person of faith who supports science; “another Christian for science,” “science & Islam mix,” etc.
  • Listen: to speakers at opening rally at JHPlaza (scheduled to begin at 11:00)
  • March: (scheduled to start around 12:30) together to Civic Center. Then we’re each on our own to enjoy the fair that celebrates science.
More info about the rally, march, and fair at

March for Science San Jose

Please contact Meredith Miller at (510) 301-6382 or if you would be interested in traveling by light rail to the San Jose March for Science this Saturday, April 22. We will be meeting on the platform at the Great Mall station in Milpitas at 10:30 for the 10:34 train, which will get us to San Jose City Hall just a few minutes after the 11:00 scheduled start of the march (they never start on time). For more information on the San Jose March for Science, click here:

Vigil / Rally


Join Us As We Stand Up for

The Earth, Our Common Home
We stand in opposition to dismantling the EPA rules,
and allowing
corporate polluters
to profit at the expense of the health and safety of human life and the natural world.
As stewards of the earth, we call upon our leaders, and all people, to accept the reality of climate change and the responsibility for the sustainability of the environment.
Thursday, April 27th
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Paseo Padre & Walnut, Fremont
We request that signs be compassionate, respectful, and non-partisan.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
                                             – Mahatma Ghandi
Sponsors: Compassionate Fremont
Tri-City Interfaith Council
Save the Dates for this year’s Denominational coming events
2017 Pacific Central District Assembly
will be held May 5-6 at

Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church
in Walnut Creek, CA.
Advance registration
is open through April 22.
Cost is $65 which includes breakfast and lunch.
Highlights of Saturday’s activities include a forum featuring all three
UUA Presidential Candidates
, workshops (on social justice, spiritual practices, and membership integration), worship, and fellowship. Registrants will also attend to the important business of the Annual Meeting of the Pacific Central District. Religious professionals will want to also bring their full staff team to Friday’s
Staff Development Day.
For details about the full weekend, go to:

If you are interested in serving as one of our congregation’s delegates for the district meeting please contact Rev. Jeremy.

General Assembly Delegates Needed
If you’ve ever thought about attending the UUA’s General Assembly or visiting New Orleans, consider attending this year.  General Assembly is scheduled for June 21st through June 25th at the New Orleans convention center.
This year’s event will be focused on Social Justice and we’ll also be electing our next UUA president. Our congregation is entitled to 3 delegates in addition to our ministers. If you can’t make it to New Orleans, consider attending GA as an “off-site” delegates and participate online. If you’re interested in serving as either type of delegate please let Rev. Jeremy know. Registration fees for on-site and off-site attendees increases after
May 1. Information is on the website.
Opportunity to Serve!
Nominations for Ministerial Search Committee – The Board is now accepting nominations for MPUUC members who would like to be on the search committee to identify our next minister. If you are interested in being on the search committee you can ask someone to nominate you or you can nominate yourself. If you think someone would be a good fit for the search committee then please nominate them. All nominations are due by April 21. Once the nominations are closed the Board will hold informational meetings to let the nominees know what exactly is involved in being on the Search committee and nominees can indicate if they are still willing to be considered for the committee. The Board will then select the Ministerial Search Committee from those nominees willing to serve. Nominations should be sent via email to Jen King by April 21. If you have any questions please feel free to contact: Jen King, Melissa Holmes, or Michealle Havenhill
Carpenter Needed
Our beloved Candle Table has a boo-boo and need
s the help of a skilled carpenter.  If that is you, please contact Rev. Jeremy by
clicking here
House for Rent
Former members Doug and Nancy Marshall are looking for a house to rent in late August (
Aug. 23 to 28) for their son’s wedding in the South Bay. Anything from Fremont or south would work.  If you have any leads, please email Doug at
Worship Associate Training
Are you a good story teller? Do you enjoy speaking in front of people? Have you ever considered that you may have something to add to the worship at Mission Peak UU? If so, please also consider joining Rev. Jeremy and some of our veteran Worship Associates after the service on
Sunday, April 30 to learn what the role entails.  There is no commitment necessary to come to this event, just check it out and see what you think. If you are interested please RSVP to before
Sunday, April 23.
Baseball Sunday Fundraiser
This year our annual Baseball
Sunday celebration will be
Sunday, June 18 which is also Father’s Day.  What better way to celebrate than an afternoon at a baseball game?  We will be heading south this year to see the San Jose Giants play the Visalia Rawhide at
1:00 pm. And it’s not just a fun baseball afternoon, it’s also a chance to support Mission Peak!! We’re making this event a fundraiser and for each $12 ticket we sell we get to keep $5. What could be easier? So invite all your friends and family for a fun, family friendly afternoon at the ballpark and support Mission Peak at the same time.  We have an initial lot of 75 tickets, but can get more if we sell out.  Jen King will have tickets available most Sundays, but is also willing to mail out tickets.  Please make all checks out to MPUUC.  If you have any questions or want to order tickets, please contact Jen King at 510-299-2825.

You are welcome to a special exhibit!
The Welcome Home Project at the John O’ Lague Galleria in Hayward City Hall. 
May 26-July 28th, 2017. Opening night will be June 9th from 5:30-7:30 PM. A panel will feature several of the participants in the Welcome Home Project. Refreshments will be served.
The Welcome Home Project exhibit is a powerful and compelling collection of  photographs and stories of formerly incarcerated Alameda County residents that have turned their lives around after many years of involvement with the criminal justice system. The photographer, Ruth Morgan, is a nationally acclaimed local photographer and her work was in the The Sentence Unseen show on Alcatraz. The
Project Coordinator,
Micky Duxbury,
is an
author and  the interviewer/editor of the stories. The Welcome Home Project humanizes the formerly incarcerated while adding a deeper understanding of the challenges of reentry.
These stories are testimony to the power of resilience, hope, and determination in the face of the barriers that most formerly incarcerated individuals face.
Community Office Hours
Rev. Jeremy’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, April 27
4:30 – 6:30PM
Mission Coffee
151 Washington Blvd


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