This Week on the Peak

This Week on the Peak – Wednesday, January 23, 2019
This Week on the Peak
Mission Peak UU – Fremont, CA
The Home of Liberal Religion in the Tri-Cities and Beyond!
January 23, 2019

Small Group Ministries (SGMs) are groups of 6-10 people who meet twice per month to reflect on and discuss meaningful topics.  The groups are intentionally small to allow members to have discussions on an intentional level and to be present for one another.  Each group creates a set of rules on how its members will interact and picks a set of topics for discussion. Each session is structured and facilitated by a leader, and all members have the opportunity to share their individual perspectives. SGMs are an excellent opportunity to get to know ourselves and one another much more deeply, while growing more spiritually and introspectively.

Mission Peak SGMs run February through November.  We currently have four groups: Men’s on Tuesday nights (7 – 9 pm), Women’s on Tuesday mornings (10-12 am), Elders on Thursday mornings (9:30-11 am) and a group open to all Mission Peak members and friends on Thursday evenings (7:30 – 9:30 pm). February is just a couple of weeks away, so if you are interested but can’t sign up after this weeks service, please contact SGM Coordinator Linda Messia at
This Sunday’s Service:
Youth Vision             

As we close out this month’s theme of vision, come hear the MPUUC youth speak to their vision about our community, their future and where ever the word vision takes them.     
Leading the service will be the youth group and assisting will be Rev. Jo Green.  Peak Rocks will provide our music.  
**This Sunday we will be collecting the donations we’ve all been collecting for Guest at Your Table.
Please bring your cash or checks made out to UUSC with the memo line of Guest at Your Table or GAYT.
The 2018-2019 theme is Justice Across Borders and these funds will help greatly in aiding our Migrant Justice partners.
MPUUC will send in all the collections for you.  This church year t his program is an opportunity to celebrate grassroots partnership, support human rights, and learn about just four of these individuals – the “guests” in Guest at Your Table. Please see their website at for more information.
Blessings for your generosity!
A Beam of Light

Volunteers Needed in Our Classrooms

We are in need of Teachers and Assistants for January & February.  The K-5th class will be continuing on their Passport to Spirituality.  Our 6-8th graders will continue to explore our neighboring faiths, which includes a trip to a Buddhist temple in February.  If you have any questions please email

You can sign up using our new online sign up form by clicking on the link below
You can also sign up using our sign up poster at the back of Cole Hall this Sunday.
We Are One Rally

“We Are One” rallies, are held on the fourth Thursday of the month, 5:00-6:00 p.m., at the corner of Paseo Padre and Walnut in Fremont. After a hiatus in November and December, they resume this month, on January 24. The “We Are One” rallies are sponsored by the Tri-City Interfaith Council. The theme for this month’s rally is “Women’s Rights are Human Rights.”
MPUUC’s Annual Courageous Love Hero Award Goes to Two Fremont Teachers

During our service on Sunday, February 10, 2019, Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation honor two local teachers, Michelle Wallace and Carl Bullard, with  Courageous Love Awards. The award is given in conjunction with the national Side with Love campaign, which promotes equality for marginalized communities. The goal of the campaign is to harness love’s power to challenge exclusion, oppression and violence based on identity. Several local heroes were nominated and members of the congregation met following the service on Jan. 6 and chose to honor both teachers.
The annual Courageous Love Award is given to a member of the Tri Cities community who has faced oppression, discrimination, and prejudice with grace and inspired determination; or who has inspired a local movement for love. We see these awards as a chance to uplift others; strengthen and support our community partnerships; and to join together with joy and with purpose those who have shared values. Both of this year’s awardees have been supportive of LGBTQQ+ students at Fremont schools. Michelle Wallace, Mission Peak UU member and former teacher at Thornton Junior High, founded the Gay Straight Alliance – now Genders and Sexualities Alliance (GSA) there after hearing homophobic remarks being made in her presence. Carl Bullard, is advisor for the GSA at Washington High School has provided guidance to LGBTQQ+ students for years. In addition to making this award, the congregation will donate the proceeds of its Sunday offering on February 10th to the GSA clubs at the two schools.

“Those teachers who rise up to really lead their students and model what it is to be a kind and loving human being is the behavior we can strive for every day,” said Rev. Jo Green, Interim Minister of Mission Peak UU.  “These teachers are modeling for us how best to raise our children in loving kindness. It is an honor for us to recognize their leadership.”

February Board Meeting

The Mission Peak U-U Congregation’s Board will meet Wednesday, February 6, 5:30 p.m. at Allysson’s in Milpitas.  This will be a special meeting concentrating on procedure for choosing a Settled Minister Selection Committee and on our longer range vision for the Congregation.  For more information contact President Paul K Davis at .
Request for Class Proposals – Adult Education – Spring 2019
The Adult Education Committee is seeking proposals for classes for the Spring quarter-April through June of 2019. This is an opportunity for you to share what you know with others.
Past topics have included Buddhist meditation, healthy eating, art and spirituality, the Enneagram, Poems, and celebration of the sacred feminine. Classes can vary from one-time events to meeting every week.
How can you submit a proposal? Contact Ilze Duarte at (408) 627-2558 (texts preferred) or email her at  with your course information.
Please submit your proposal no later than February 10th. Thank you!
Second Saturday Documentaries at Niles Discovery Church

February Documentary:  One of the most important, yet least known activists of our time, Dolores Huerta was an equal partner in founding the first farm workers union with César Chávez. Dolores documents Huerta’s life from her childhood in Stockton, California to her early years with the United Farm Workers, to her continued work as a fearless activist. Come to the free screening of the film (followed by a discussion led by Huerta’s long-time friend Wendy Greenfield) at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, at Niles Discovery Church, 36600 Niles Blvd., Fremont. More info at
March Documentary:  Come see “The Bail Trap” on Saturday, March 9, 1:30 p.m., at Niles
Discovery Church, 36600 Niles Blvd., Fremont. The free screening will be followed by a discussion. Money bail is one of the main feeders of America’s mass incarceration system – and yet something most Americans know very little about. This movie is an opportunity to change that. Learn more at
Bystander Intervention Training – January 24 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Be part of the solution in your community!
Learn how to prevent, intervene, de-escalate harmful encounters, and become equipped to train others on bystander intervention.
Please see attached flier for information on a Bystander Intervention Training on January 24.

News coverage of a well-known celebrity dying without a will points out the resulting difficulties. A family’s crisis over critical medical decisions dominates a news cycle. This news may inspire action, but we find both contemplating our own death and initiating a family discussion difficult. Who do we want to act for us if we become incapacitated? Could our financial affairs be resolved with ease? What are our wishes for our final days? Do we need to reevaluate our established plans and documents?

The Ministry of Social Concerns (MSC) Team from Niles Discovery Church believes that talking about these and other questions will move us toward new understandings and a sense of peace; therefore, they are sponsoring a series of conversations to spark thought and action on end of life planning.

Four conversations are scheduled for the fourth Sunday of January through April. A light lunch will be served at noon in Fellowship Hall with the presentations and discussion from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The topics for each session are listed below:

January 27 – Wills and Trusts, other useful documents
February 24 – Advanced Directives
March 24 – Hospice
April 28 – California End of Life Legislation

For more information, contact our Office Administrator Sandra Lange and she will put you in touch with the correct person at Niles Discovery Church. Invite interested friends and family to attend, too.
Volunteers needed for the county-wide homeless count  

The biennial county-wide homeless count will take place on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 6 am to 10 am. Once again, the City will lead the coordination effort in the South County and is looking for volunteers to participate in this important event. Volunteers will work alongside formerly or currently homeless guides to count the number of homeless individuals in the South County.
Please click here for more information and to volunteer.
Turning Love Into Justice:
The Tri-City Interfaith Council ( is a grass-roots organization bringing together people of diverse religious beliefs from Fremont, Newark, and Union City (California). Rev. Jo Green, Rev. Barbara Meyers and Paul K. Davis are members.  Join in!

Call your Elected Officials!  
Calls can make a difference! Contact your representatives to alert them to your views!

Congressperson Eric Swalwell 510-247-1388 or go to 
Ro Khanna  (202) 225-2631 
Senator Kamala Harris   (202) 224 – 3553
Senator Diane Feinstein (202) 224-3841
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