This Week on the Peak

This Week on the Peak – Wednesday, July 31, 2019
This Week on the Peak
Mission Peak UU – Fremont, CA
The Home of Liberal Religion in the Tri-Cities and Beyond!
July 31, 2019
This Sunday’s Service:

Salvation as a Daily Practice
Noreen Cooper Heavlin will explore the connection between Salvation and Wholeness from a UU perspective, as it applies to this world, not an afterlife. Noreen is one of 5 founding members of the Unitarian Universalist Coastside Community in Half Moon Bay and currently serves as Chair of the UUCC Planning Committee.     
Leading the service will be Noreen Cooper Heavlin and assisting will be Worship Associate Drew Wilson.  Peak Performers will provide our music.    
Sign up for Fall Adult Education Courses and Activities

The Adult Education committee is pleased to announce its fall 2019 offerings. Detailed descriptions of our courses and activities can be found in the fall Adult Ed brochure, which we will  handing out on Sundays, starting August 4. To sign up for our classes and activities, please visit us at our table outside Cole Hall after the service on August 11, 18, and 25, or contact Ilze Duarte at
Meditation & Dharma
Eric Dittmar
Max number of participants:  Open
2nd & 4th Thursdays of each month, 7-9 PM (Sep 19; Oct 10, 24; Nov 14; Dec 12)
Private Home (unless the group grows too large)
Exploring the Enneagram
Linda Messia
Wednesdays 7 – 9 pm:  Sept 25; Oct 9 & 23; Nov 6 & 20
Private home;  8 places
John & Jackie Porter
Mondays  7-9 p.m.: September 9 & 23, October 14 & 28, November 11 & 25.
Porter’s home   6 places  
Sing-a-Long with Jackie and Jo Ann
Jo Ann Schriner and Jackie Porter
Sunday, November 10, 7-9 p.m.
Private home   8 places 
Spiritual Literacy
Jackie and John Porter
Sundays  6-8 p.m.: September 15 & 29, October 6 & 20, November 3 & 17
This group is currently full, but you can get in touch with John Porter to be placed on a wait list.
Porter’s home  5 places 
The Adult Education committee
Eric Dittmar, Ilze Duarte (chair), Linda Messia, and Len Tiemann  
Detailed descriptions of our courses and activities can be found in the fall Adult Ed brochure, which you can read here. We will also be handing out the brochure on Sundays, starting August 4. 
From the City of Fremont:
As some of you may already know the City of Fremont has declared a ” Shelter Crisis” because the number of homeless persons in our city is growing. The result of our January 2019 Point in Time Count , recently released,  shows that our homeless population has increased 27%  since counting in 2017. Our numbers now show 608 homeless persons (estimated to be lower than the actual number), which includes 485 unhoused homeless persons. 
As one of the strategies to help solve this growing homeless crisis the city is working to locate a Housing Navigation Center in the City.
A Fremont Housing Navigation Center, which will be operated by Bay Area Community Services, will provide a clean, safe, calm and flexible environment that allows homeless persons to rebuild their lives and intensely focus on finding stable permanent housing. The center is modeled after the City of Berkeley’s successful Housing Navigation (STAIR) Center, also operated by BACs. The program has an 82% success rate in placing homeless participants into permanent, sustainable housing. 
The Fremont Navigation Center will provide:
o    Outreach services 
o    Up to six months of housing for 45 homeless adults (From Fremont and the Tri-Cities)
o    One meal a day is provided in addition to a communal kitchenette 
o    Storage for personal belongings
o    24/7 onsite staff
o    Hygiene services (toilets, showers, and laundry) 
o    Health and wellness services 
o    Employment/benefit assistance
o    Substance abuse services 
o    Intensive case management and Housing Navigation Services
As a member of the “faith community” who  works to  serve the most vulnerable in our community and who may already be familiar with the  many needs of the homeless population, we thought you might like to participate in an upcoming workshop on the Navigation Center, and share your experiences in serving the homeless population. Two workshops will be held, as follows:
Workshops on Housing Navigation Center for Fremont
  • Wednesday, August 14, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Harbor Light Church, 4760 Thornton Ave.
  • Saturday, August 24, from 10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Harbor Light Church, 4760 Thornton Ave.
While Fremont’s Seasonal Winter Shelter can offer many homeless persons respite from the weather, a warm safe place to sleep and a hot meal, the Navigation Center will provide more intensive one-on-one services and an opportunity for many to get permanently off of the streets. Check out our web-site
Hope to see you at an August Workshop-
Warm Regards,
Suzanne Shenfil
Human Services Director City of Fremont
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  
Jeff Goby
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:
Saturday, August 10, 1:30 p.m.
Niles Discovery Church
36600 Niles Blvd.

Mary’s son was murdered. Kilong was tortured. Debra was abducted as a baby. What would you do if given the opportunity to meet the people who destroyed your life? See “Risking Light,” a film about these three unique journeys that lead to a surprising, shared destination. This thought-provoking documentary explores resilience, and the painful process of moving from grief to compassion and forgiveness.

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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