This Week on the Peak

This Week on the Peak – Wednesday, November 15, 2017

This Week on the Peak
Mission Peak UU – Fremont, CA
The Home of Liberal Religion in the Tri-Cities and Beyond!
November 15, 2017


This Sunday’s Service:
Our Daily Bread
Thanksgiving presenting a tableau of blessing and of sorrow. What is it that we believe about Thanksgiving, the best intentions we have for the holiday, and some of the actual consequences of our words, deeds, and silence. Bread Communion in the spirit of sharing and having our share–no more, no less–will be offered.
Leading the service will be Rev. Benson and Worship Associate
JeKaren Olaoya.  Music will be provided by Peak Rocks.
A Few Words…
There are holidays around the corner. Whether you celebrate one, none or as many as you can, the energy is building everywhere. So are our hopes, dreams, fears and our recollection of past celebrations, the joys and the disappointments, too.
          Thanksgiving is coming next. It’s a good thing to prepare, and not just the turkey or tofurkey, the stuffing fixings, the veggie dip or the alternative meals. Chinese food, cup soup, tamales, whatever it is you will cook up, purchase eat and maybe share, it’s not all about the dinner but often about what happens before, during or after the dinner has been served up. It’s a time to be mindful and to ready one’s heart and mind for these days, as best as one can, for the possibilities we wish for or those we pray won’t come to pass. It’s a time to be sure to find our internal balance and how to recover it if it begins to feel lost or on its way.
These days some people don’t celebrate Thanksgiving at all and don’t shop the big sales the next day. Instead they recount the true history of welcome Native Peoples on Cape Cod gave to European visitors—at first—friends—at first—and the horrible crimes against humanity that unfolded afterwards, white “settlers” against their native hosts.
Each of you has your own stories to tell, maybe some of how your year has gone since the last time you gathered, stories of gratitude and love among them. May they be in soft yet clear focus for you.
          Whatever and whomever you encounter bear in mind that you are you and they are themselves; remember where you begin and end. Remember you are not your _____ (parent, cousin, other) and not your ____ (job, bank account, education, clothes closet). Boundaries are good for you and the whole system, on the holidays, on the not-holidays, at home, in church, at work.
          Sometimes we find troubles others have stand out at a holiday gathering and sometimes our own problems stand out more during these “reasons” to celebrate. If you have a problem with alcohol, may you face it squarely and find your way to take the steps you need to make a change, to save your own life. If you eat too much, or too little, the same. This stuff? It really is life or death.
          If you disappoint, or are disappointed by what is or what isn’t in your holiday, or your life, or your ________, remind yourself of the simplest things for which to be grateful: a ray of sun, a drop of rain, a stranger’s kindness, your own kindness to another. You are you. You are enough. You are good.
          May this holiday show you the good you need to see in yourself, others and our world, yes, in this first in a string of holidays, for your own good and for the Common Good as well.
                   – Rev. Benson, your minister in the interim
A Message from Your DRE
Hi Everyone!


One of the things I love most about the Harry Potter and UU curriculum is the real-world application of learning. Last month we collected over 100 books that were distributed among Little Libraries in Fremont to promote literacy. Over the next 2 months we will hold a food drive. Click here for more info!
This Week:
This week the Girl Scouts from Troop 33720 are volunteering with the Sandwich Squad. Last year the girls selected the Sandwich Squad at MPUUC as the focus of their community service project. They set aside funds from last year’s cookie sales to pay for the sandwich making supplies and are donating their time to put the sandwiches together. The troop is made up of fifteen girls, ages 8-10, most of whom have been scouting together since kindergarten. This year they are all first and second-year Junior scouts. They are excited to complete this project and give back to their community.
Save the date:
  • First Unitarian Church of Oakland,
    Nov 19,


    1-2:30 pm, Miriam Noriega, seminarian and coordinator of the Interfaith Movement 4 Human Integrity, will be speaking on immigration issues and ways we can support and accompany those at risk.
  • The 56th Annual Tri-City Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be held on Monday, November 20, 7:30 p.m., at St Joseph Catholic Church, 43148 Mission Blvd, Fremont. The program is sponsored by the Tri-City Interfaith Council. This year’s theme, “We Are One: Building Community,” focuses on how celebrating diversity can help us build unity.
      Please click
    here for
  • UUA Pacific Western Region Conference! Follow this link for details!
Sunday Take Down
Unless we get a last-minute volunteer, we have no one for take-down this week. Take-down involves putting all the chairs, cushions and hymnals away, putting the outside sign away, rolling up the rugs and moving the candle tray, and making sure all the tables get back where they’re supposed to be. If you can help, please e-mail Colleen at

Holiday Traditions Potluck
Join us on
Saturday, December 2 at 6:30 pm for a Holiday Traditions potluck.  Many different religions/cultures celebrate significant holidays at this time of the year.  We’d like 6-8 members to sign up to share their holiday traditions with the rest of us.  This would entail decorating a table for the potluck and sharing information/stories/music/food from your specific holiday traditions with the rest of us.  Whether you choose to share a holiday tradition or not, we hope that you will join us and bring your favorite holiday dish (or whatever you pick up last minute at the grocery store – we won’t judge).   We hope you’ll all join us as we share food and music and traditions together.

[If you’d like to sign up to share your holiday traditions with the group, please contact Jen King or sign up after Sunday services.]
Stock Donations to Mission Peak UU
Do you have appreciated stock or mutual funds? Instead of selling it and paying taxes on the gains you may want to consider donating it directly to Mission Peak. As long as you’ve owned the stock/funds for more than a year you will be able to deduct the fair market value at the time of the transfer as a charitable contribution and avoid paying federal and state taxes on the gains. It is our policy to sell any donated stocks/funds as soon as they are received. We record your contribution at the high/low average on the date received. For information on making a transfer to our Scottrade Account please contact  To ensure closing in 2017, transfers should be requested by the beginning of December.
Holly Ito, co-treasurer
Fundraiser at Applebees
Join fellow MPUUC friends at Applebees on
Wednesday December 6th from 5pm – 8pm.
Applebees will donate 15% of your check to Mission Peak UU.  Please print and bring the flyer below.
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Common Read Book Discussion
Every year the UUA names a Common Read and provides a guide so congregations can have group discussions of the book. This year we had two. The discussion of the second book takes place in room 3/4 Ockerman on Sunday, January 28, 2018, at 11:45am. The book, Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry, edited by Mitra Rahnema (Skinner House, 2017), centers the stories, analysis, and insights of a number of Unitarian Universalist religious leaders of color as they explore how racial identity is made both visible and invisible in Unitarian Universalist communities.  Please sign up soon to order a copy and let us know if you will need childcare.
Who are Your Heroes?
Mission Peak UU Congregation presents an award each February to a member or group in our area who has been courageously showing up to challenge oppression and violence. Our nomination period is open now!  Contact Rev. Benson by Dec. 10 with your suggestions and a few words about your nominee and why you are nominating them.
Does someone or a group in the Tri-Cities area (Fremont, Union City, Newark) or Milpitas come to mind? Is there someone who has inspired a local movement for love? Is there an organization or individual who has faced oppression, discrimination, and prejudice with grace and inspired determination? The goal is to recognize love’s power to challenge exclusion, oppression and violence based on sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, race, religion, or any other identity.
Here are some ideas for people or organizations you might consider nominating:
* Local legislator who has sponsored legislation such as anti-bullying bills, domestic partner benefits, voting rights for convicted felons, driver’s licenses or in-state tuition for undocumented individuals, etc. Anything that lifts up communities who have faced discrimination and marginalization.
* Community leader or group who has vocally supported religious freedom and racial justice.
* Local public librarian, teacher, or parent who has fought censorship in schools.
* Head of a local interfaith coalition, immigrant rights, or LGBTQ advocacy organization that promotes respect, inclusion, and compassion daily.
* Members of the Gay-Straight Alliance at a local high school.
* Educator, administrator, or guidance counselor who has worked to alleviate bullying.
* Clergy member or lay leader who has exemplified faith in action.
* Religious communities and congregations that have been targeted with hate crimes.
* Individuals who have committed acts of civil disobedience so they could elevate the importance of a social justice issue.
* Local community center, museum, or gallery that faced criticism for showcasing a thought- provoking exhibit.
* Students who have risked deportation to advocate for the DREAM Act or DACA, and those who have stood in strong solidarity with them.
* Communities of color on campus or locally that have dealt with vandalism or hate speech.
* University or college president, professor, or administrator who has spoken up for the DREAM Act.
* Military chaplains or members of the military that have spoken out for greater inclusivity.
* Individuals who actively and passionately engage in registering people to vote, poll watching, and ensuring the protection of voting rights for People of Color.
* Ordinary person who has used their extraordinary power to shine the light on injustice or faced great personal risk to fight for a cause they believe in.
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