This Week on the Peak

This Week on the Peak – Wednesday, June 26, 2019
This Week on the Peak
Mission Peak UU – Fremont, CA
The Home of Liberal Religion in the Tri-Cities and Beyond!
June 26, 2019
Ministerial Musings
Greetings, freshly back from General Assembly! It indeed was a fulfilling and grueling week with Ministry Days and General Assembly one after the other. It was good to be with like-minded souls from across the country and to see friends and colleagues I haven’t seen in a while. And I’m also very grateful to have returned. It’s a lot of work in a way and a lot of emotional work that happens during this week.
One of the primary concerns we focused on was right relations and how we have broken them in the past. A lot of work has to be done to help repair what White Supremacy has done to our culture. Many workshops were dedicated to deconstructing the destructive behavior inherent in White Supremacy Culture and deepening our awareness of how we can harm each other. This is work that must be ongoing every day, in all of our interactions, and to have the awareness when we do cause harm to learn how to ACKNOWLEDGE that harm and to REPAIR it. That is the hard part. Many times we don’t know how to repair it. The UUA is giving us antidotes to repair the harm our white culture has wrought on our country and how to be accountable. We will talk more about this in the coming church year. The theme was The Power of We. We are all in this together.
This will be my last Week on the Peak article until next September! I will be away off and on this summer, not having taken much of my study time or vacation.
Here is my schedule for the summer:
July 1 – July 8 – Out of Office
July 9 – July 14 – In office and preaching
July 15 – August 20 – Out of Office
August 21- August 25 – In office and preaching
August 26 – September 3 – Out of Office
September 3 – Begin new church year!
Rev. Barbara Meyers will be available for Pastoral Care for all of those needs that may arise when I am out of the office this summer.
We have had a wonderful year in my opinion together, working through issues and heartaches, re-creating community, planning for the future of this congregation. I am grateful for your presence, for your creativity, for your service. Celebrating the 25th Anniversary with you all was such a privilege and we will now be entering our 26th year of formation! There is much we can do in this next church year to help better the world. Even now we have plans to research giving sanctuary and asylum, looking at how we can alleviate the horrendous conditions at the border, helping our neighbors to see how the Navigation Center will truly be a blessing in our community and not something to fear. We have social justice work to do and a few hands to do them with. And we have each other to build community, to share our joys and sorrows, to help make this world a better place for our families and friends and all the strangers we have yet to meet.
May you all have a blessed summer and enjoy each other for all that we have to offer.
Rev. Jo
This Sunday’s Service:

The Times They Were A’Changin’ – Lessons of the 1960s
Get out your tie-dies for a Sunday morning flashback! Though this remarkable decade ended long ago, the 1960s helped shaped the lives of many UUs, including some who had not yet been born. As we approach the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, what can we learn from the Sixties – both from what worked and what didn’t?
If you’re in the mood to dress up, come to church in tie-dyes, beads, boots or sandals, headbands, dashikis, wearing political buttons, etc. Right on!  
Leading the service will be Rev. Chris Schriner and assisting will be Worship Associate Sharon Davis. Jo Ann Schriner will provide our music.    
Book Signing

This Sunday, June 30, our Minister Emeritus, Dr. Chris Schriner, will preach at Mission Peak. After the service he will sign copies of his books, including Bridging the God Gap: Finding Common Ground Among Believers, Atheists and Agnostics; Your Living Mind: The Mystery of Consciousness and Why It Matters to You; Do Think Twice: Provocative Reflections on Age-Old Questions; and Feel Better Now: 30 Ways to Handle Frustration in 3 Minutes or Less. 20% of the proceeds will be donated to MPUUC..
Amazon link:

MPUUC Camp Out & Outdoor Fun Day

Our annual Camp Out is this coming weekend – June 28-30. We will be at the Puma Point Group Campground at Chabot Regional Park (directions are below). You have the option to camp for one night or two nights or just come for the day on Saturday. We really need more people to come to make
it a party. So, if you haven’t signed up yet, it’s not too late. If
you’re coming on Friday you can arrive anytime after 2:00 p.m.

On Saturday feel free to come anytime after 9:00 am.

If you are able to carpool that would be wonderful as our parking spaces are somewhat limited (contact Jen King if you need carpooling options). During the day on Saturday we will have art projects, games, a scavenger hunt, and a Potluck BBQ dinner (we will provide the hamburgers, hot dogs, garden burgers, buns, and condiments. You should bring something to share).  Beer and wine are allowed. We will have a campfire and sing-a-long after dinner (we will provide everything for making S’mores) feel free to bring an instrument if you’d like. If you’re just coming for the day please bring chairs (and if you have a shade canopy that would be great!) Bring games (board games or lawn games), a lunch, drinks, a hat, sunscreen, etc. Dogs are allowed, but only on a leash. PLEASE feel free to bring friends and encourage other MPUUC members to come along as well.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Jen King. We hope you will join us and enjoy a fun day/weekend outdoors.

Directions: Anthony Chabot campground address: 9999 Redwood Road, Castro Valley, CA 94546. From I-580 W take Redwood Road exit, turn right onto Redwood Rd. Continue 6 miles until you reach Marciel Gate Staging Area at Marciel Rd on your left. Turn left at Marciel Gate and follow the
signs on Marciel Road. The campground entrance is 2 miles inside the Marciel Gate entrance. The Puma Point Group campground is on your left just after you pass the entrance kiosk. We have parking passes so you shouldn’t have to pay to get in. The gates are closed and no entrance is
allowed after 10pm.
We Are One rally

Join us to stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community for an inclusive society where everyone is welcomed and respected on Thursday, June 27, 2019 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Meet at Paseo Padre and Walnut.

Please help spread the word to your communities, congregations, families and friends.
Flyer attached.
Join the UU Justice Ministry of California this summer at:

Turning the Tides
Intergenerational  Justice Summit
August 4-8, 2019
Camp de Benneville Pines
Please see attached flyers for more information.
Irene Tejeda’s Celebration of Life

July 14, 2019 4:00 at Cole Hall

We miss our dear buddy Irene who died in April. Come celebrate her life with her family and friends!

Mission Peak UU Congregation
2950 Washington Blvd
Fremont CA 94539
Children & Youth Religious Education (CaYRE)

CaYRE’s summer program started June 16th. All children and youth 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 with all participants meeting in room 1.  Nursery care will continue to be offered.    
We are taking signups for teachers and assistants.  This summer it’s teacher’s choice: Share your passion what ever it may be or get into the fun with a game day! Please sign up using our google form  or on the poster in Cole Hall.If you have any questions, please contact us at
Board Meeting

The first meeting of MPUUC’s 2019-20 Board will be held the evening of July 11th.  This will begin with dinner, to be followed by the Board business meeting.  If you are interested, please contact President (for a couple more weeks) Paul K Davis at at least a day before.
Request for Class Proposals – Adult Education – Fall 2019
The Adult Education Committee is seeking proposals for classes for the Fall quarter – Sept through Nov 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, joy of movement, 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 in person or at with your course information.
Please submit your proposal no later than July 20th. Thank you!

Volunteers Needed

On August 3rd and 4th  2019 there will be  a no cost dental, medical and vision clinic.  This event will be held at the Silver Dollar fairgrounds in Chico.  The clinic schedule is from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  No questions are asked and all patients will be welcomed.  This clinic will need 300-400 volunteers each day.  Most of the volunteers are NOT  licensed health care providers.  Some of our congregants might be interested  in lending a “hand”  in this huge event.    Normally a clinic of this size treats 1200 to 1500 patients over the two days.  Additionally you may know or meet someone who does not  have access to dental and vision care. Send them to Chico.

More info and registration at:

We NEED your help!?? Cole Hall does not magically transform into a special place for our services each Sunday.?? It requires a small army of volunteers.?? We’ve had a few ‘retirements’ lately and we have some spots
to fill.?? PLEASE let Jen King know if you can fill in for any of the following:

URGENT: We have no one to do set-up for the 2nd Sunday of each month!

We also need people for the following:

Additional Set-up assistance for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Sundays of each month

Additional Greeter for the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month

PPT Clickers & AV Technicians for ALL SUNDAYS (We will train you! We

Additional Take-down assistance for the 2nd Sunday of each month.
You can sign up on an ongoing basis for the Sunday’s indicated above by contacting Jen King, or you can sign up on and ad hoc basis by following this link:
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 have had many different celebrations throughout the year.  Please reserve the following date on your calendar now.  You won’t want to miss it!

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 this event will follow closer to the date.  If you have questions or suggestions for additional events or you want to help with this event, please contact Jen King].
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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