This Week on the Peak

This Week on the Peak – Wednesday, August 7, 2019
This Week on the Peak
Mission Peak UU – Fremont, CA
The Home of Liberal Religion in the Tri-Cities and Beyond!
August 7, 2019
This Sunday’s Service:
“Mount Starr King, Yosemite;  
photo by Paul K. Davis”

Abstract:   Sometimes, in life, when we are trying as hard as we can to accomplish an important goal, the best way to proceed is to let loose, and accept help from people and from nature.   
Leading the service will be Paul K. Davis and assisting will be Worship Associate Allysson McDonald.  Mark Kahn and Knuti Van Hoven will provide our music.    

“ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) raids separate children from parents, divide families, and in many cases target law-abiding members of the community. While the recent threat of coordinated nation-wide ICE raids didn’t materialize, raids do occur, and with a little preparation, it’s possible to completely derail ICE’s efforts during a raid.

This information may help if you are an immigrant or helping an immigrant during an ICE raid (modified from the ACLU website)
  • stay calm 
  • say you are exercising your right not to answer questions
  • don’t resist
  • do not sign any papers
  • You do not have to open your door or let ICE in unless they show you a judicial warrant (a warrant signed by a judge). ICE agents will often show an administrative warrant. This is not a legal warrant.  
– You can get training as to how to help an immigrant during an ICE raid at Rapid Response Network. by clicking here

– You can report ICE activity 24/7 at 510-241-4011. They can supply an emergency attorney”
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. 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. 
Textile Exhibit 

The Tree of Live weaving by Rev. Barbara F. Meyers will be in the 51st Annual Textile Exhibit at Olive Hyde Gallery, 123 Washington Blvd.  The opening reception for the exhibit is on Friday, August 9 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  The exhibit lasts until September 14.  This was woven as a project from MPUUC’s Black and White auction.
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.
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.

Save the Date! Workshops on Accompaniment of Asylum Seekers + August/September Share-the-Plate

At the UUA General Assembly this June, it was officially resolved “that the UUA supports its members and others in their actions to protect and assist immigrants and asylum seekers in their attempts to lawfully enter and/or remain in the United States”.

This summer, MPUUC is evaluating whether our congregation could provide direct support to one or more people seeking asylum in the United States. If you haven’t heard about this project yet, you can read Allie King’s pulpitorial from Sunday, July 13 here:  Allie has been sitting at a table after services for the past month gathering feedback from the congregation. If you haven’t filled out a feedback form yet, you can do so online here:  We want to hear your ideas and your concerns!

So far, one family in our congregation is considering whether they could sponsor an asylum seeker, and in a remarkable coincidence, a guest at our services this summer, Ingrid O’Brien Avery, is already signed up to sponsor an asylum seeker through the organization Freedom For Immigrants. She will likely be matched with someone within the next three months, and she’s interested in having our support. Ten members of MPUUC have expressed interest in being part of an accompaniment team, and others are interested in volunteering less frequently and/or doing fundraising.

If you’re hoping to be part of this project, or if you just want to learn more, please save the date for two upcoming workshops, both to be held after Sunday services:

Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 11:30 AM – after the church service

Lisa Hoffman, Development Director at East Bay Sanctuary Covenant (EBSC, will host an information session and Q&A about ways congregations can support asylum seekers. EBSC runs a walk-in center and provides pro-bono legal services to refugees, with special programs to support LGBTQ+ asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors. Over the years, Lisa and her wife and son have personally hosted several LGBTQ+ asylum seekers in their home. Lisa asked us to send her our questions and concerns ahead of time, and she will try to address those in her presentation (email Allie King at with those questions and concerns).

Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 11:30 AM – after the church service
Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity (IM4HI, will send one or more representatives to host an Accompaniment Training Workshop for our volunteers. Even if you won’t have time to be involved in this project, consider attending this workshop to learn more about the accompaniment process.

As a thank you to the organizations hosting these workshops, our Share-the-Plate collections for August and September will go to East Bay Sanctuary Covenant and Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, respectively.
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
Black & White Gala – November 2, 2019 – Save the Date!

This year’s Black & White Gala will be Saturday, November 2 starting at 6:00pm. Please put the date on your calendar and start picking out your outfits, making items for the boutique, and thinking up offerings for the auction. I’ve been making jam…what have you been doing to get ready?

For those of you who are new to the congregation, our annual Black & White Gala is our biggest fundraiser of the year. It’s a great opportunity for you to dress up (if you’d like) and support Mission Peak by participating in our service auction, buying unique, handmade items at our boutique, and testing your luck by participating in our basket raffle. All while enjoying yummy sweet and savory snacks and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Jen King

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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