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!
February 7, 2018


This Sunday’s Service:
What Difference Makes
In a polarized society with polarizing leadership, our differences are played against us by unethical leaders. We resist the trumpet (!) sound calling us to be suspicious and hateful of people different from ourselves. Instead, we choose respect, compassion and love, as our Unitarian Universalist principles call us to do. Join us for a service of affirmation and an embrace of multiculturalism. We will look toward the work ahead for us to deepen our anti-racist/anti-oppression commitments.


Leading the service will be Rev. Benson.  Assisting in the service is Worship Associate Allysson McDonald and music will be provided by Eric Niessner.
For those who have not yet done so, we again invite you to seek us out and share your concerns, even though it may be difficult to speak your truth.  While we don’t expect to solve problems at this stage, we will listen confidentially and without judgment.  Please also make a point of telling us about what’s going well: your joys, ideas, hopes, and dreams.  We will  collect themes to share with the Board and
Reverend Benson, so that issues can be appropriately addressed.

– Rev Benson and the Team: Beckett Gladney, Tiffany Longfield, Eric Dittmar, Shaun Klopfenstein, Terri King and Mark Rahman




A few words from our minister in the interim…
This month’s share the plate: there is a matching grant of $1,000,000 that we can help with, for the benefit of BLUU. Read on:
Part of my service as a minister is to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” That means me too, in my own life, I have to be open to both, to be comforted and discomforted. In a way, I’d like more of the comfort part of that equation, of course, but in another way, I know that in order to experience personal growth and transformation, old ways of thinking and behaving in matters of substance, I have to be unsettled! I’ve been discomforted fairly often, given all the challenges we face in this world, but that’s okay. That’s real. Even a gift. I’m not here to be less than real, here meaning alive on this earth. (… read more)
A Message from Your DRE
One of the reasons the CaYRE committee and myself chose the Harry Potter curriculum for K-8 and Principled Music for 9-12 was the focus on social justice. We recognize as UUs how important it is to serve our communities on a micro and macro level (Our 7 principles are a great example of that). How do we keep the momentum going outside of the classroom
on Sunday? How do we know those lessons are being heard? How can families collectively work together for real social justice? These are just a few questions to think about between Sundays. I also invite you to check out for more information on social justice for families.



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









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)


Please see attached

for LEAF Climate Friendly Gardening Workshop Series “Gardening Basics.”


Save the date:





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





Help for
Sunday Services Needed
Helping set up or take down for our services every
Sunday is one of the easiest ways to give back to the congregation and get involved. We currently have several spots that we DESPERATELY need volunteers for:
  • 1st Sunday of the Month: Set-up (1 person needed), Greeter (2 people needed), and Take Down (1 person needed)
  • 2nd Sunday of the Month: Take Down (1 person needed)
  • 3rd Sunday of the Month: Aesthetics (1 person needed)
We also need more people to sign up to fill in for coffee subs.
If you can’t commit to one
Sunday per month, please consider being a substitute so we won’t have as much trouble filling slots when our regular volunteers have to be out of town.
Please contact Colleen Arnold at
  or text her at 510-589-7481, if you can help. Thank you!


February Board Meeting
The Mission Peak UU
Board will meet Tuesday evening, February 13 at Cara Madden’s home at
7:00 p.m.

Members of Mission Peak UU are welcome to attend.  For a copy of the agenda, please contact President Michealle Havenhill at
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.


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.
20’s and 30’s Lunch Social
Join us on February 25th 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.
Tiffany Longfield
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
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