This Week on the Peak

This Week on the Peak – Wednesday, July 17, 2019
This Week on the Peak
Mission Peak UU – Fremont, CA
The Home of Liberal Religion in the Tri-Cities and Beyond!
July 17, 2019

I am excited to start my term as Mission Peak UU Congregation’s president. I want to remind you (and myself) what our mission statement is:
The foundation of Mission Peak is love. We are a spiritual community of open minds, nurturing growth and healing in ourselves and all people. Together we strive to live compassionately and courageously as we work for a nonviolent, just and sustainable world.
We embrace and give life to this mission statement by:
  • Offering each other love, trust, respect, and support in time of joy and need.
  • Creating worship services and encourage spiritual exploration and personal growth.
  • Providing educational experiences for all ages that encourage a free and responsible search for truth and meaning, and an acceptance of religious and social diversity.
  • And serving the community in accordance with our social conscience and our Unitarian Universalist principles.
We welcome to membership every person who shares these values.
We adopted the above mission statement at our annual congregational meeting in 2013. 
Our neighbors down the hill (First United Methodist Church of Fremont) asked if it would be ok to put a rainbow flag above our joint sign on Washington Blvd. We said yes!
The board of trustees had a successful meeting on July 11th. We approved Rev. Jo’s new contract for this coming year (Aug 2019-Aug 2020). We created an assistant treasurer position and appointed Drew Wilson to it. We updated the Interim committee charter to reduce the number of members in the committee. We also appointed Lance Holliday, Melissa Holmes and Steve Wallcave to the Settled Minister Negotiating Team, with Paul Davis serving as a contractual advisor. For more details on what our board of trustees do at our meetings go to the web site and navigate to about–>Members only–>Board Documents or click on Board Documents
Steve Wallcave 
This Sunday’s Service:

The Principled Life 
As Unitarian Universalists our congregations affirm and promote 7 principles that serve as the glue for our faith. Do you live by the seven principles? How do they impact your life? During this service we’ll play with what it means to lead a principled life by sharing with each other how we manifest them in the world. Perhaps you’ll come away with a new insight or a new commitment to our principles. At the very least you will know a little more about some of your fellow congregants.    
Leading the service will be Allysson McDonald and assisting will be Worship Associate Rev. Barbara Meyers.  Jay Steele will provide our music.    
Could MPUUC Sponsor an Asylum Seeker? We Need Your Feedback!

This summer, we’re evaluating our interest and capacity as a congregation to sponsor and accompany one or more asylum seekers. Allie King gave a pulpitorial introducing this idea on Sunday, July 14. If you missed it, you can read the text here. Allie will provide reading materials and answer questions at a table after the service in the coming weeks. We’ll also have speakers from East Bay Sanctuary Covenant ( and Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity ( after the service on August 25 and September 15, respectively. 

Most importantly, we want your feedback! Whether you think this project is a great idea, a terrible idea, or something in between, we want to hear from you so we can have a productive conversation as a congregation. We also need to know how many people are interested in volunteering. Please fill out an online feedback form here. Alternatively, you can fill out a paper copy at Allie’s table after the service.
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!

Fremont Main Library, Fukaya Room B
Tues July 30, 2019: 530-830 pm
I’d like to invite you to a free workshop about a new way of engaging with global warming. Like me, you might feel confused about the best way to help, guilty 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 2017 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 existing solutions for addressing global warming. The solutions were identified and studied by a team of 200 researchers 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 as early as 2045! Reversal begins when concentrations of climate warming gases in the atmosphere begin a downward trajectory called “drawdown”.
The workshop will occur Tuesday July 30th 530-830 pm in Fukaya Room B at the Fremont Main Library (2400 Stevenson Blvd)
It will include discussion of how we currently relate to global warming, an introduction to Project Drawdown and the Pachamama Alliance (the workshop creator), and a group discussion on how we may want to help implement a few solutions. Implementation is up to us! The workshop will also describe the 5-session follow-up course that is currently being piloted around the country.  
Snacks will be served. I hope you can join! Please RSVP emailing me at, or registering:
Jeff Goby 
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.
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
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 This Date!!

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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