This Week on the Peak

This Week on the Peak – Wednesday, July 24, 2019
This Week on the Peak
Mission Peak UU – Fremont, CA
The Home of Liberal Religion in the Tri-Cities and Beyond!
July 24, 2019
My name is Linda Messia, and I recently became Chair of Small Group Ministry. My husband and I joined 9 years ago, and we immediately joined Small Group Ministry since community is very important to both of us. Our group consisted of about 10 people who met every other week to discuss relevant issues selected by the group. In each session, facilitated by a member of the congregation, all participants had an opportunity to share their perspectives, tell their stories, and listen deeply. We loved it, and as new members, found it an excellent way to get to know other members and feel part of the congregation.  
We currently have three SGMs: Women’s daytime, Men’s evening and Mixed Group evening. Although SGM generally meets from February through November, it is possible to join a group at any time. Also, additional groups can be formed if there is sufficient interest. For instance, the Women’s group is currently full but an additional Women’s Group could be formed – day or evening.
If you would like more information, have interest in joining a group or forming a new one, please contact me at
This Sunday’s Service:

Unitarian Universalist Leadership School
My Experience of Transformation
As part of a class offered by Rev. Jo entitled: “The Preacher Within”, I wrote a sermon about a particularly life changing event that I had experienced. Well, besides helping to build Mission Peak over the last 25 years, the most intense experience for me was attending the Pacific Central District’s Leadership School in 1995. This sermon relates some of the most significant and transformative events from that scary, tiring and mind blowing week.     
Leading the service will be Drew Wilson and assisting will be Worship Associate Paul K. Davis.  Jay Steele will provide our music.    
Could MPUUC Host an Asylum Seeker? Give Feedback After the Service

This summer, our congregation is discerning whether we could sponsor and accompany one or more asylum seekers in the coming year. Allie King will have a table after the service where you can get more info and give feedback, or you can email her at with questions.
Are You Interested In Setting the Direction for Children’s Religious
Education at Mission Peak?

I f you are interested in helping to set the direction of Children’s Religious Education at MPUUC, please join us this Friday, July 26 @ 7:00 p.m. at Steve and Kathy Wallcave’s home.We want/need your input on the direction of this program and our search for a part time Director of Religious Exploration for Mission Peak. This meeting is important. However, if you cannot attend, but would like to have input, please
contact Steve Wallcave.
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.
The Great Pivot: Creating Meaningful Work to Build a Sustainable Future 
MPUUC, Sat., Aug 24, 10am-12pm
By Justine Burt

We need millions of new green jobs to build a sustainable future. With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s release of the Green New Deal Resolution in February, our society is now having a conversation about the GND. Justine will present an overview of her book The Great Pivot, which details 30 projects in energy, transportation, the circular economy, reducing food waste, and restoring nature that will fix the crisis in the world of work caused by outsourcing, automation, and the gig economy. We have the talent and the resources to pivot from business as usual and build the sustainable future that we and future generations need. In the process of saving the planet we may just save ourselves.

This 45 minute presentation by the author will be followed by 20 minutes of breakout discussions then the group will come back together as a whole to discuss for 20 minutes.

Drawdown Solutions: Getting into Action (5-session workshop)

I would like to invite you to a 5-session workshop introducing a set of practices to address global warming, and facilitating your implementation of these practices in your community. I am giving this free workshop for purely educational purposes as a volunteer of the non-profit Pachamama Alliance based in San Francisco.  
The practices are described in the 2017 book “Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming” which reports the results of 5 years of rigorous scientific research on the 100 most impactful existing solutions for addressing global warming. A team of 200 expert contributors from 22 countries led by author Paul Hawken identified and studied the solutions. The results reveal astounding news: it is possible not just to slow global warming, but to start its reversal as early as 2045! Reversal begins when concentrations of climate warming gases in the atmosphere begin a downward trajectory called “drawdown”.
This 5-session workshop is a follow-up to the Intro workshop I gave to several groups recently, but completion of the Intro is not a prerequisite! The 5-sessions will allow you to:
  1. Explore solutions from Project Drawdown that interest you
  2. Develop a plan to implement one or more solutions by yourself or with others
  3. Develop skills to communicate effectively about reversing global warming
  4. Be part of a global community changing the conversation about global warming
All sessions will occur at the Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation (2950 Washington Blvd., Fremont), in rooms 7/8 or 3/4 of the Ockerman building:  
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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