This Week on the Peak

This Week on the Peak
Mission Peak UU – Fremont, CA
The Home of Liberal Religion in the Tri-Cities and Beyond!
January 24, 2018


This Sunday’s Service:
Victory or Justice, What Are We Really Looking For?
Justice is a complicated concept that most people understand intuitively. I break it down to two types of phenomena, personal and public justice. The consequences and behavior of justice are different depending on where it is sought and for what purpose. How we respond must be equally different to achieve the wholeness we seek in life.


Leading the service will be Mark Rahman.  Assisting in the service is Worship Associate Allysson McDonald. Our Time for All Ages will be offered by DRE JeKaren Olaoya and music will be provided by Eric Niessner.
Your Transition Team was happy to host a lunch this past Sunday after the Service,

with an informative talk given by Anne Hines, our UUA liason for our Search Process. Anne will be with us through the year and a half that Search requires, ready to guide and help us along our journey. She filled us in on how the Search process works, and gave us a timeline, as well as things to think about to help in our search for a settled minister. Anne’s Powerpoint slides detailing the process will be available later on our website at (
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– Rev Benson and the Team: Beckett Gladney, Tiffany Longfield, Eric Dittmar, Shaun Klopfenstein, Terri King and Mark Rahman



Right Now:

The Following statement was developed by 5 members of the Tri-City Interfaith Council, your Interim Minister, Rev Benson, among them. Please read and share broadly:
TCIC Anti-Hate Statement
January 5, 2018

As a grassroots collection of people from many spiritual traditions, we want to clearly state that our faith traditions call us to recognize all people as equal and sacred. We reject racism, bigotry, and hatred.  “read full statement here





World InterFaith Harmony Day – Saturday, February 3 @ 1 pm, Niles Discovery Church, 36600 Niles Blvd, Fremont, CA.
In 2010 the United Nations established “World Interfaith Harmony Week as a way to promote harmony between all peoples regardless of their faith.” In that spirit we have organized a meet up where we can all talk about and share our faith traditions in the spirit of openness. You are welcome to bring ethnic finger food to share.


Congregational Poll on Congregational Study Action Issues


Mission Peak needs to respond to the UUA’s Congregational Poll on Congregational Study Action Issues (CSAI).
There are 2 CSAIs that are proposed and one will be chosen at our General Assembly, this year to be held in Kansas City in June.
We can vote to add either, both or neither of these to the General Assembly ballot.  25% of UU congregations must vote to put them on the ballot for that to happen.
The proposed CSAIs both have to do with countering oppression.  They are:
Undoing Intersectional White Supremacy
Dismantling Intersectional Oppression
There is information on each of these on the UUA’s web site.

If you would like to participate in the decision about our response to this, come to the beginning of the common read book gathering right after the service next Sunday, January 28th, at noon, or by contacting Rev. Barbara Meyers.







Anti-Racism Training: Niles Discovery Church, 36600 Niles Blvd, Fremont, CA

Saturday, February 24 2018 From 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Check-in: 8:30 AM)
Are you unsure what the difference is between racism and personal prejudice?

How racism is a system beyond individual choices? Why racism still grips the United States? And how we, as people of faith, can help dismantle it internally and socially?
If these questions interest you, plan on attending this workshop. You don’t have to have been trained before. All it requires is some time and an open heart and mind.
Registration is $40 with light breakfast and lunch included.
Scholarships: Limited funds are available to those in need. Contact Joy Barnitz via email: for more information.




Call your Elected Officials!  



Keep your representatives alerted to your views! Keep these names and numbers where you can refer to them at any time. There’s a new bill to be introduced in the House of Representatives to decriminalize marijuana. So many people are in prison, in some places for long prison sentences, even for small amounts of marijuana.  Rep. Barbara Lee, Oakland, is one of the bill’s sponsors.  Let your representatives know your thoughts.  Let’s do all we can to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline!
Congressperson Eric Swalwell 510-247-1388 or go to
Ro Khanna  (202) 225-2631
Senator Kamila Harris
(202) 224 – 3553
Senator Diane Feinstein
(202) 224-3841
UU Class Conversation Workshop
Saturday, February 10, 2018
10:00-4:30 p.m.
UU Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson St., Kensington CA
Refreshments and registration open at 9:30 a.m.
Workshop includes lunch (vegan and gluten-free options provided)
Childcare available if requested in advance
Tickets sliding scale $20-50
(No one turned away for lack of funds)


Save the date:





UUA Pacific Western Region Conference
is coming on April 27 to 29 in Portland Oregon Follow  this link for details!





UU Mental Health Blog Created
blog has been created to be a beacon for education about mental health in order to remove stereotypes and prejudice and to promote understanding and justice within Unitarian Universalism and beyond.  It is a joint project of the EqUUal Access Mental Health Caucus and the mental health community ministry of Rev. Barbara F. Meyers.  Access it and sign up to follow the blog at:
Rev. Barbara F. Meyers

Affiliated Community Minister

Small Group Ministry Sign Ups Continue this Sunday
SGM are small, 8-10 people, groups which use discussion topics to expand their ministry.  The groups are keep small to allow member to relate on a more intentional level and to be present with one another.  SGM works to
increase the depth of relationship that comes from meeting over time, willingness and ability to listen without comment or advice, to learn from others, and to share from the soul.  The topics work to focus on meaning and significance, rather than details, information or outcome.


This Sunday 20’s and 30’s Lunch Social
Join us on January 28th at noon for a lunch social after the service. This is a great way to meet other UUs and to connect with like-minded people. We would like to create a space for people to connect with others
in the congregation who share the challenges and joys of being a young adult UU.  We will primarily be a social networking group, but we would also like to explore participation in outreach activities and have events designed to support the spiritual needs of our members.  Any young adult, married or single, is welcome to join.
JeKaren Olaoya
LEAF presents a series of documentary films in the historic Niles Essanay Silent Film Theater
37417 Niles Blvd, Fremont, CA
Event runs from
4:00 to 6:00 pm and include a sampling of local food followed by the screening and then some Q & A.


For tickets: Go to, then click on “Events & Workshops” tab.


Sunday Jan 28th  The Greenhorns
Film for and about young farmers in America including some here in the Bay Area


Sunday Feb 25th Queen of the Sun
Film focuses on “What are the bees telling us?” taking a profound look at the global bee crisis


Sunday Mar 25th Edible City – Grow the Future
Film about the local Good Food Movement that’s taking root in the Bay Area, across the nation, and around the world
Mission Peak
New to UU Class – Sunday, February 18, 2018 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Are you new to Unitarian Universalism or to Mission Peak UU? Are you seeking and questioning and want to learn more of our past, present, and future? We will have a New to Unitarian Universalism class on Sunday, February 18, from 11:30 to 1:00. Reverend Benson, together with other congregation leaders, will lead this class. You will learn about he history of Unitarian Universalism, our Mission Peak Congregation, our congregational activities, and more. Everyone is welcome to attend. In particular, anyone who is considering becoming a member of Mission Peak typically takes the class.
A signup sheet will be available at the Welcome Table on Sunday morning or you can email
to let us know you will be attending.  We will provide a light lunch. Childcare will be available if requested by February 1.
2017 Contribution Statements
Thanks to everyone for their generous contributions to Mission Peak UU.
Contribution statements have been emailed out to those who made donations during calendar year 2017. These statements are for your use in preparing your income tax returns.
If you didn’t receive a statement please let me know, and please review the information and let me know any discrepancies and updated information as soon as possible.
Holly Ito, Co-Treasurer
UU in America: Learning Opportunities
On March 11, from 12 noon to 2 pm, members of our congregation and the larger community are invited to hear Rev. Dr. John Buehrens discuss the subject of his newest book. The title of his presentation is “The Transcendentalists: What You Didn’t Know That You Didn’t Know About Them.”
Rev. Dr. John Buehrens was president of the UUA from 1994 through 2001 and has authored many books.
This presentation will take place in the Sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, down the driveway. No sign up necessary.
On March 4, from 12 noon to 1:30, in Cole Hall, Rev Benson will present a general overview of Unitarian Universalism in America.
If you haven’t had an opportunity in the past, please feel free to sign up. Email Linda Messia at
Request for Class Proposals – Adult Education – Spring 2018
The Adult Education Committee is seeking proposals for classes for the Spring quarter -April through June of 2018. 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, Poems, and celebration of the sacred feminine. Classes can vary from one-time events to meeting every week.
How can you submit a proposal? Contact Linda Messia at 510 792-1539 or email her
with your course information.
Please submit your proposal no later than February 7th. Thank you!



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