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!
May 16, 2018
This Sunday’s Service:

Music & UU Principles

This year the youth group have been exploring how music and our UU principles are related. Come search for truth and meaning in music through out the decades and see if you can find our principles in lyric. Also we will celebrate our youth who completed OWL this year and honor Julia Steele as she Bridges



Youth Group will lead the service and DRE JeKaren Olaoya will be assisting. Jay Steele will provide our music.


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Love Hero Update

Arnav Gupta, this year’s Love Hero awardee, wrote to thank MPUUC for honoring him and to let us know he’s made his college decision. He’ll start in September at the University of Chicago. We wish Arnav all the best!


Pastoral Care in May and June

In May, please contact Rev Benson,  or 510-972-3890 for pastoral care.
In June,please contact Alan Davis,


Don’t hesitate to reach out and thank you!


Children & Youth Religious Education (CaYRE)
This Week Teaching:                                               Next Week Teaching:

K-4: In service                                                           K-4: In service

5-8:  In service                                                          5-8:  In Service

Youth Group:  In service                                         Youth Group: In Service

DRE: JeKaren Olaoya                                              DRE:  JeKaren Olaoya


Goldmine Youth Leadership School
Goldmine Youth Leadership School is a week-long community building and training space for high school youth interested in leadership, activism, and spiritual growth. Goldmine 2018 will be at Edmonds UU Church, just north of Seattle, WA from July 7-12. For more information please visit: theme this year is “Help Heal the World!” The model is one of intentional community building created and nurtured by paying attention to and bringing forth what makes spiritually and socially conscious communities work.

Summer Camps

There will be two amazing camps for children this summer! Attend both or choose one! Both will offer experiences they will never forget!
UU Mosaic Peace Camp
First Unitarian Church of San Jose
June 18-22
Chalice Camp
First Unitarian Church of Oakland
August 6-10, 2018
May Share the Plate
On Sunday, May 27, our Share the Plate collection will be in support of Community Solutions. Suggested by Lisa Newstrom, Community Solutions is an organization with
programs that provide services and support to help children, families and individuals overcome the challenges posed by mental health issues, substance abuse, trauma, severe family dysfunction, sexual and domestic violence, and human trafficking.They
believe every person deserves the opportunity to not just survive in the world, but to be the best version of him/herself.  This fits perfectly with our first principle – “The inherent worth and dignity of all people.” More information is available at their website
http:// us/history.html Please be sure to make checks out to MISSION PEAK UU CONGREGATION  – and make a note in the memo line that your donation is for Community Solutions. All cash and checks will be combined into one check from MPUUC for Community Solutions. If you are paying your pledge that day, do so with a separate check, with “pledge fulfillment” written in the memo line. Last month we raised over $1,000 for FLY! Your generosity is life saving – Thank You!


Survey Next Steps

We, (your current Transition Team)
wanted to close the loop with you about what next steps will be taken, following the April survey.  At this point we recommend that all members and friends of Mission Peak mull over the following questions, which were surfaced through the survey:

  • Growth and Outreach.  How do we reconcile our aspirations for growth with our apparent ambivalence towards community outreach?  Is community outreach necessary in order to grow?
  • Diversity and Inclusion.  If we want to become more diverse, what do we need to learn and do?  How can we be more welcoming and connect more richly with people who may be different than us in some way?  What unconscious biases do we hold, and how shall we resolve them?
  • Interpersonal dynamics.  What are our habits, skills, and weaknesses – both as individuals and as a collective – in terms of how we deal with others?  How might we become more flexible and effective?  How will we deal with conflicts, new ideas, change, and people who think and behave differently than we do?
  • Vision.  Who do we want to be 5 years from now?  What impact do we want to have on the larger community?  Why?  How do we want to go about it?
  •  Expectations of minister.  We have a wide array of individual preferences and priorities regarding the gifts and style a minister may bring us.  What authority do we invest in a minister?  What relationship do we want with our new minister?  How can we help them help us?

Please initiate informal conversations with your friends about these topics over the summer!  We anticipate that in the fall, our new Transition Team and new interim minister will facilitate more in-depth conversations on these topics, as we all determine our path forward together.

Your Lay Transition Team:  Beckett Gladney, Terri King, Shaun Klopfenstein, Tiffany Longfield, Mark Rahman

Down by the Bay: Climate, Faith, & Justice Workshop
This full-day workshop, especially inviting young adults but open to all, will contemplate and embody the intersections of race, class, climate, city planning, culture, and sustainability, with a focus on grounding in our relationships to place, community, and our full spiritual selves. Registration includes meals, as well as admission to the Climate & Environmental Justice film festival that evening (no need to RSVP separately).

When: May 26th, 2018, 9 am – 6:00 pm

Where: Starr King School for the Ministry, 2441 Le Conte Ave, Berkeley, CA

Cost (including meals): $30-150, sliding scale (actual cost is $100 per person)

For more information including the list of presenters please visit:

Registration required for the workshop (priority deadline: May 18th)

The workshop will be followed by a mini Climate & Environmental Justice Film Festival, from 7-10 pm, for night owls. RSVP not required but also available at

This workshop and film festival are being sponsored by UU Young Adults for Climate Justice, UU Ministry for Earth, & Starr King School for the Ministry.



Get Involved: Opportunities for Service




Once a Month, Be Part of Something Special: the
Service team!


Our services are held in a space that is transformed each
Sunday.  There are a number of opportunities for you to get involved with making our space welcoming and worshipful.

With your involvement, chairs will be set up or put away; hymnals will be set on chairs or put back in the cabinet; people arriving will be greeted and handed an order of service; there will be coffee afterwards.  So, what do you say? This is our shared religious home and we aim to do Sundays well!

Sign up for a monthly assignment or find a friend to share with and each of you serve every other month! Sign up



Ask what committees can use new members or specific tasks done: contact Gayle Tupper, Membership or Jen King, Leadership Development

It’s your community. Be a part of it with a little time and talent, too!


Turning Love Into Justice:


OUR Tri-City Interfaith Council
MPUUC is now a member organization. Only individual members can vote and anyone from the congregation may join for a $25 dues, and attend whether a member or not. Rev. Benson is a member. 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




Save the date:




Volunteer Appreciation Potluck


Join us on May 27th as we honor our volunteers who keep this congregation going. Whether it has been a one-time contribution or every other Sunday, the time commitment to making this community vibrant matters. After the service we will host a potluck to honor all of these volunteers, so please bring a food or drink that you make (or buy!) with love and gratitude to share. A build-your-own sandwich bar will be provided. For more details contact JeKaren at


New Members!  New Friends!  Save the Date:  June 3


Are you new to Mission Peak?  If you feel new, then you are new.  Please join us for a newcomers’ lunch on June 3 after our Sunday services.  Lunch will be at Eric Dittmar and Gayle Tupper’s home in Fremont.  You’ll have time to connect with other new members and friends, and to chat with some of our congregation’s leaders about the variety of opportunities and activities available through Mission Peak.  Please RSVP by May 28 so we can make final lunch plans.  Contact Gayle at to RSVP or for more information.

P.S. We’ll be done in time to attend the Sunday Salon at Cole Hall after our lunch gathering.



MPUUC 2018 Summer Camp Out – June 15-17

Spring has sprung and Summer is right around the corner.  This year’s Congregational Camp Out will be
June 15-17 at Del Valle Regional Park.  We have room for up to 20 people.  Tents only. Please contact Jen King for more information and to reserve your spot. Check in is anytime after
2:00 on Friday, and check-out is by
noon on Sunday (and yes, Sunday is Father’s Day). Cost is sliding scale not to exceed $25 per family.

Del Valle Regional Park, part of the East Bay Regional Park District, is located in a valley framed by oak-covered hills. The centerpiece of the park is a five-mile long lake, with all kinds of water-oriented recreation, surrounded by 4,316 acres of beautiful land for hiking, horseback riding, and nature study. Del Valle is also the eastern gateway to the Ohlone Wilderness Trail, 28 miles of scenic back country trail. The Livermore valley and its MANY wineries are also nearby.




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