This Week on the Peak

This Week on the Peak – Wednesday, January 30, 2019
This Week on the Peak
Mission Peak UU – Fremont, CA
The Home of Liberal Religion in the Tri-Cities and Beyond!
January 30, 2019

Happy New Year from your Leadership Development Committee (LDC)! Over the past few months, we have noticed renewed energy and excitement about this beloved congregation. As we begin a new calendar year, we ask each of you to consider what this congregation means to you. How do you feel about our presence in this “corner” of the Bay Area? How is our congregation serving the larger community and how are we serving each other? We ask you to do a simple self-reflection. When we all work together, we can accomplish great things. Where would you like to get involved in this year? What activity/activities might invigorate you, energize you, and feed your soul? There are many ways to get involved-volunteer with the children, help with social justice, take an adult RE class, and yes- join (or check out) a committee that sounds interesting to you. The Leadership Development Committee is here to serve you, to help you find a place where you can get more involved and feel a deeper sense of belonging and sense of accomplishment. If you are not sure where you would like to get involved this year, come see us! Make 2019 a year for increased participation. You’ll be glad you did!
Kathy Wallcave, LDC Chair
Ilze Duarte & Jen King, LDC Members
This Sunday’s Service:
Community Ministry Today             

Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time. Come hear how community ministry manifests itself in our lives today.   
Leading the service will be Rev. Barbara F. Meyers and assisting will be Worship Associate Mark Rahman.  Peak Performers will provide our music.  

Rev. Jo

We are pleased to announce that the board asked Rev. Jo if she would stay with us for a 2nd year as our interim minister and she accepted.

Steve Wallcave for the Mission Peak UU Board of Trustees
Coffee Chat with Rev. Jo

This month Rev Jo will meet for coffee and breakfast (if you so choose) to chat about social justice and what it means to you.  Let’s meet at Suju’s Coffee, 3602 Thornton Ave, Fremont, CA 94536 on Wednesday morning Feb 13th at 9 am.  I’d love to hear your views about social justice in our community or any other topic that is important to you.  Let’s chat over coffee!
Martin Luther King Junior Sunday Share the Plate

On Sunday, January 20, the First United Methodist Church and the Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation joined together for a joint service. Our choirs sang separately and together, our ministers both preached (and what good sermons they were!), and we donated $763 (our offering, aside from pledge reciepts) to Abode Services in honor of King’s life of service. Abode is a locally based non-profit that works to rehouse the homeless and prevent homelessness in our community. Thank you to everyone in both congregations who were so generous! May we continue to practice charity while we search to change root causes (as suggested by Pastor Hee-Soon Kwon’s homily).
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 .
Celebrating Mission Peak’s 25th Anniversary – Save These Dates!!

2019 marks 25 years of MPUUC’s existence as a congregation and we think that’s a milestone worth celebrating.  We will have many different celebrations throughout the year.  Please reserve the following dates on your calendar now.  You won’t want to miss them!

February 23 – 6:00-9:00 pm
– Potluck and movie night.  We’ll be sharing food, munching on popcorn, and watching The Shawshank Redemption (which was released 25 years ago in 1994!)

March 16 – Canvas Kick-Off Dinner
– Location and details TBA – Watch this space for more information about this exciting event!

May 5 – Charter Sunday
– Come celebrate the Charter that started it all with a special service and a Potluck BBQ afterwards.

June 28-30 – MPUUC’s annual Campout!
  This year we’ll be back at Puma Point at Anthony Chabot Regional Park so that we are close enough for those of you who are not so excited about camping to join us during the day on Saturday, June 29.  We will have many fun activities planned and will end the day with a potluck BBQ and campfire.

September 8 – 25th Anniversary Picnic Celebration
– After the annual Water Ceremony at Cole Hall we will gather at one of the reserved picnic areas at Lake Elizabeth for a Picnic/BBQ celebration.  We will have games for the kids, a jam session & sing-a-long, and other fun activities.  Come join us and enjoy hanging out with friends & family and celebrating MPUUC.

[More details regarding these events will follow closer to the dates.  If you have questions or suggestions for additional events or you want to help with an event, please contact Jen King].
World Interfaith Harmony Day

The Tri-City Interfaith Coucil and local Human Relations Councils invite you to their annual Interfaith Harmony Day event, featuring a Concert and Conversations of Love from over ten faith traditions. Be part of the Power of Love Extending Harmony on February 2, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Niles Discovery Church, 36600 Niles Blvd. Mission Peak UU participates every year with a booth to educate the public about Unitarian Universalism. Many members also attend and join in the conversations and activities, which are always rewarding. And there’s food! Hope you’ll join us this year!
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!
Volunteers Needed in Our Classrooms

We are in need of Teachers and Assistants in 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 here
You can also sign up using our sign up poster at the back of Cole Hall this Sunday.
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
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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