This Week on the Peak

This Week on the Peak – Wednesday, May 15, 2019
This Week on the Peak
Mission Peak UU – Fremont, CA
The Home of Liberal Religion in the Tri-Cities and Beyond!
May 15, 2019

Success at Mission Peak!  Our auction item was completed by reaching the top of the Peak!  And along the way we encountered flora and fauna and had a delightful if not achy day together!

This Sunday’s Service:

Flower Communion Sunday
Come this Sunday to celebrate in our Flower Communion Ceremony to honor Norbert Capek who created this service in the United States.  He then returned to the Czech Republic and began the first Unitarian congregation there.  Let us feel the connection to him and to each other this Sunday in honor of this martyr that he became.  This will be an intergenerational service. 
Leading the service will be Rev. Jo Green and assisting will be Worship Associate Megan McMillen. Peak Rocks will provide our music.    
Annual Congregational Meeting

The Mission Peak UU Congregation annual meeting will be Sunday June 2, 2019, after the service. The agenda is:
  • voting on the minutes of previous Congregational Meeting,
  • electing new officers and Board members,
  • electing new members to the Leadership Development Team, and
  • adopting a budget for the 2019/20 fiscal year.
The Leadership Development Team is nominating:
  • Allysson McDonald for the office of President-Elect,
  • Beckett Gladney for re-election to the office of Secretary,
  • Melissa Holmes for the office of Treasurer,
  • Mark Henriques for Trustee-at-Large (two year term), and
  • Eric Ryan for Trustee-at-Large (one year remaining of position vacated by Allysson).
Note that: President Paul K Davis will automatically become Past-President (a Board position) and
President-Elect Steve Wallcave will automatically become President.
The LDC is also nominating:
  • Linda Messia for a three-year term on the Leadership Development Team, and
  • Jen King for a two-year term (concluding the term of Ilze Duarte).
Note that: Kathy Wallcave will continue on the LDC for the last year of a three-year term.
Our Board has developed a budget, which will be posted on our web site in full detail for you to examine as soon as the Board has voted on recommending it. In brief summary, it projects $208,950 in total net revenue and $219,173 in total net expenditures. The revenue is mostly from our pledges, $186,000, up nearly 5% from last year (thank you all very much who have pledged) and $17,200, from the Black & White Auction. Expenditures include $44,100 for rent (increasing at a 2.5% per year rate), UUA affiliation of $9,761 (up 10% due to a new formula), $17,762 for our Office Administrator (a well-deserved raise), $23,107 for a DRE (hopefully to be hired soon), $103,588 for Interim Minister (salary up 6.8% but total amount down thanks to Medicare), and $16,300 for program, committee and Sunday service expenses. Also included is $12,000 for Settled Minister search, which is mostly covered by funds previously approved but not yet expended.
To vote, you must be an active member of the Congregation. Our bylaws say, “An active member is one who has signed the membership book and made a contribution of record. An active member may vote 60 days after signing the book.” Others may attend as observers.
If you need an absentee ballot, please contact Secretary Beckett Gladney at or our office administrator Sandra Lange at Absentee ballots must be turned in before the meeting begins: either to Beckett, or you may leave in the office prior to June 2nd.
Please plan on attending!
Paul K Davis, President for 2018/9
Talk and Book Signing by Author Betty Reid Soskin – May 19 (11:30-1 p.m.)  Cole Hall

Fremont’s Mission Peak UU Congregation looks forward to hosting 97 year-old activist, musician, and author Betty Reid Soskin for a talk and book signing on Sunday, May 19. Her book, “Sign My Name to Freedom: A Memoir of a Pioneering Life”, weaves both the wisdom of the ages and the fresh enthusiasm of an always youthful mind into her long journey through an American and African-American life, as well as America’s long struggle to both understand and cleanse its soul.  
Soskin is perhaps most famous for her association with the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park which she helped found in 2000 and continues to enjoy sharing with the public. Born in Louisiana but raised in the East Bay she worked in a segregated Union Hall as a young woman. Later she and her first husband founded Reid’s Records in Berkeley, one of the first in the area which was owned and focused on the music of African American, and which remains open until later this year. She is also a musician and songwriter herself. She went on to be a staffer to a Berkeley Council member and then for two East Bay Assembly Members. In 1995 she was named Woman of the Year in California and has received many other honors and tributes.   
Children & Youth Religious Education (CaYRE)
Our summertime children’s Religious Education program starts June 16th. All childre n and youth will be enjoying a variety of activities during class.  They may find a member sharing their passion, a fun craft to make or an exciting game to play.  It will be a fun summer filled with social time.  We will start taking signups for volunteers to help next week.
If you are interested in helping to plan our children’s Religious Education program by joining CaYRE please contact us at
The Social Question: Unitarian Social Ethics
in the Progressive Era

Lecture by Dr. Colin Bossen. Response by Dr. Anthony Pinn
Saturday, May 18, 6:30 PM, First UU Society of San Francisco (Reception to follow.)
“How Can Unitarian Universalists Respond to Populism? Right-wing populism is on the rise, threatening Unitarian Universalist values with its apocalyptic worldview and tendency to divide the world into a righteous people and a corrupt elite. But left-wing populism has also helped build democratic societies by pushing institutions to be more accountable. For the spring 2019 Minns Lecture series, Rev. Dr. Bossen will challenge us to ask how Unitarian Universalists can respond to populism and white supremacy in the age of Trump.”  Please see attached flyer for more information.

I’d like to invite you to a workshop about a new way of engaging with global warming. Like me, you might feel confused about the best way to help, guilty that you are not doing more, or even wondering if it’s too late anyway. I’m excited to share with you an approach to global warming that has given me optimism and focus!
The approach is described in the book “Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming” which shows the results of 5 years of rigorous scientific research on the 100 most substantive, already existing solutions for addressing global warming. The solutions were identified and studied by a group of 200 researchers and other experts from 22 countries led by author, environmentalist, and entrepreneur Paul Hawken. The results reveal astounding news: it is possible not just to slow global warming, but to start reversing it by 2050! Reversal begins when concentrations of climate warming gases in the atmosphere begin a “drawdown” trajectory.
The workshop will occur Saturday June 15th 10am – 12pm in Ockerman 7/8 (where our adjacent Methodist Church socializes after services). It will include an introduction to Project Drawdown and the Pachamama Alliance (the workshop creator), an opportunity to reflect on how we have been relating to global warming, a video of Paul Hawken explaining the Project Drawdown plan, and a group discussion on what we may want to do to participate. The workshop will also describe the 5-session follow-on course that is currently being piloted around the country.
Please RSVP by emailing me, Jeff Goby, at Snacks will be served. I hope you can join!
Immigrant Day at the Capitol

This month the UU Davis Immigration Justice Team hopes you might attend one or more of these exciting events and help bend the arc of justice. It also will foster more collaboration between our congregations, and break down boundaries between us.
May 20 join some 30+ CA UUs and hundreds of other Californians at the annual Immigrant Day at the Capitol. Register here. Attend to stand in support of California immigrants. There are meals, possible transportation, rallies, and legislative actions. You can stay for as much of the day as you wish. People come from all over CA for this  event.
And then on May 31 (and June 1) UU Church of Davis is hosting a regional training conducted by the CA UU Justice Ministry.  UUJMCA convenes these trainings to support UU justice-makers by providing a space for  spiritual grounding  for our work, the opportunity to learn and practice  useful skills , get state-wide, regional issue and  advocacy updates , and meet other justice makers.  Register for the training here.
We also know that it may be a considerable distance for some of you and it may be easier to stay overnight for either of the events above.  Contact Steve Burns at if you wish to explore home hospitality options.
In faith,
UU Church of Davis Immigration Justice Team
(Steve Burns, Karen Friis, Sharon Hale, Stefan Harvey, Jeannette Hogan, Pat Moore Pickett, Kathy Robertson, Jose Torres, Alex Haider-Winnett and Reverend Beth Banks)

Rev Jo will be attending this event in Sacramento on May 20th and would be able to carpool if others wish to attend just for the day.

Please register for the event and contact Rev Jo to organize transportation.
Elder Abuse

Our 14th Annual Conference on Elder Abuse will take place on May 21st at UC Hastings in San Francisco, CA. I would like to share this information with the listserv. Attached is a flyer with a discount code.
Thank you,
Jennifer Pardini
Community Education Advocate
Legal Assistance for Seniors
333 Hegenberger Road, Suite 850
Oakland, CA 94621
(510) 832-3040 ext. 323
Pronouns: She/Her
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!

June 28-30 – MPUUC’s annual Campout!
Spring has sprung and Summer is right around the corner.  This year’s Congregational Camp Out will be June 28-30 at Chabot Regional Park.  We have room for up to 50 campers.  Overnight Camping is available for one or two nights (tents only).  In addition we have lots of activities and
a Potluck BBQ and Campfire planned on Saturday for those who would like to just come for the day.  Sign-ups will be available after services over the coming month.  The cost is $20 for one night of camping (per family), $30 for two nights camping (per family), or $5 per person for day use.  Signing up will help us plan food, events, and parking. Carpooling is encouraged as parking is limited. More detailed information will be sent out closer to the dates. If you have any
questions, please contact Jen King.

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].
Rooms for Rent

If you or someone you know is interested, please call (510) 574-2173 or to determine if you are eligible for the Home Match Program.

Please visit for more information.

Thank you for distributing this information to your clients, friends, family, neighbors,
employees, and others.
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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