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!

July 18, 2018

This Sunday’s Service:
Anger: Friend or Foe
Anger is a normal human emotion that we all feel at one time or another.  It is as normal as sadness, fear, joy, or love. However, in today’s society displays of negative emotions, especially anger, are frowned upon.  Is anger always something to be suppressed or avoided?  Can we experience anger as a positive force in our lives? Where is the line between positive anger and toxic rage? Jen King will explore with us the positives and negatives of anger and its expression in our personal lives and in society at large.



Jen King will lead the service and assisting will be Worship Associate Allysson McDonald.  Mark Kahn will provide our music.
Special Collection to Support Religious Education

In the summer, rather than sharing our offering with an outside group once a month, we ask you to contribute to a collection to fund a congregational need not addressed in our budget. The offering this Sunday will be used to pay for some improvements in technology for our RE classes. We would like to improve internet access in the Ockerman building and purchase a HDMI cable for the existing monitor so teachers can hook up their personal laptops, tablets, or phones. The Children’s and Youth Religious Education program tries to incorporate videos and current events into the classroom and it would be helpful to have better access to the web. Adult RE classes would also be able to make good use of the technology. Thank you for helping us meet our goal!


Pastoral Care for July and August

Starting in July/August, please contact Barbara Meyers at 
510-796-5722 for any pastoral care needs you may have.


For the weeks of July 29-August 3, please contact Jo Ann Schriner at


Don’t hesitate to reach out and thank you!


News from the MPUUC Board

Our first Board meeting of the 2018-19 congregational year was held this past Wednesday.  Among various decisions made, I would like to specially note our Councils for the coming year.
Our Ministry Council will be chaired by President-Elect Steve Wallcave, with Trustee Jay Steele as Vice-Chair and Secretary.  It will continue to include such committees as: Worship Associates, Adult Education, Music, Choir, Children and Youth Religious Exploration, Pastoral Associates and Small Group Ministries.
Our Operations Council will be chaired by President Paul K Davis, with Treasurer Drew Wilson as Vice-Chair and Secretary. It will include such committees as: Sunday Services Support, Membership, Facilities, and Stewardship, some of which were formerly in the Personnel Council.
We are establishing a new Justice Council, to be chaired by Past-President Michealle Havenhill, with Trustee Allysson McDonald as Vice-Chair and Secretary.  It will receive the Social Justice Committee from the Ministry Council and also provide an opportunity for Community Ministers to connect with the congregation.  The Sandwich Squad and other social justice projects will also participate.
Complete lists of Committees will be included in the Board minutes.

We hope this reorganization will provide a more balanced Council structure, enhance our focus on justice issues, and provide for productive cooperation among committees.

Children & Youth Religious Education (CaYRE)

It’s summertime in the RE program.  All children and youth will be enjoying a variety of activities during class.  They 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.  We still need a few teachers for August, if you would like to volunteer this summer, please contact CaYRE at

Joys and Concerns

Several of you have talked to the Worship Associates about your concern that the flames from our candles of joys and concerns were too close to the fabric decorating the pulpit.
Some of use on the Worship Associates Committee share this concern and also wonder about using candles and discarding the stubs every week. So, we consulted with Paul Davis,


President of the Board, and he agreed that we should try a different ritual for our Joys and Concerns. We will do so on a trial basis. In about three months we will ask you what you think and will make a final decision.
We will try this: we will invite you to form two lines, as usual, and take turns, one person
from the front of each line at a time. You will take one or more stones from a bowl and place
it/them on the sand. We will be creating a sand garden-or a stone garden, if you will-with
tokens of our joys and concerns. The musician will be playing some music, as usual. Please
share your reactions to the new ritual by writing them in the worship diary or contacting the
worship leader after the service.
Ilze Duarte
Worship Associates Committee Chair


Get Involved: Opportunities for Service




Sunday Services NEEDS your help.  Thank you to those members who have recently stepped in to help.  We still need help with the following tasks:

Coffee Set-Up & Take Down (we will provide training and detailed instructions) – The 1st
Sunday of each month is currently vacant.

Goodies (they don’t need to be homemade…they just need to exist) – The 2nd & 3rd
Sunday of each month need additional volunteers.

Take-Down (putting away the chairs, hymnals, etc. after services – we will provide training and instructions) – The 1st & 2nd
Sunday of each month need additional volunteers.
You can sign up on an ongoing basis for the
Sunday’s indicated above by contacting Jen King, or you can sign up (especially over the summer) on an ad hoc basis by following this link:




Ask what committees can use new members or specific tasks done: contact someone from the Membership Committee, there is at least one representative from the committee at every service
or Jen King, Leadership Development

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


Mission Peak Justice Corner – Allysson McDonald


At its July meeting the MPUUC Board agreed to a restructuring of our councils, which includes the creation of a “Justice Council.” The first meeting of this new council will happen in the next couple of months – keep an eye here for an invitation to attend! In the meantime, here’s a round-up of some information on justice related topics:
Actions of Immediate Witness:
The UU General Assembly (GA) in Kansas City, in July, voted on three Actions of Immediate Witness:
1: Immigration:
To End Family Separation and Detention of Asylum Seekers and to Abolish ICE. Click on the link for more information. Listen to the conversation from the July 9 UU Justice Ministry (UUJM) Roundtable…an online webinar, sponsored by the UUJM-CA Immigrant Justice Action Team:
2: Incarceration:
Dismantle Predatory Medical Care Practices in Prisons and End Prisons for Profit. Click the link for details. In California proposed bill
SB 1393 would amend Penal Code Sections 667 and 1385 to restore the court’s discretion, in the interest of justice and at the time of sentencing, to strike sentence enhancements for prior serious felony convictions, when a person is currently charged with a serious felony. Please contact your representative! Click on the bill number above for talking points.
3: Indigenous Water Protectors
For more information about the Unitarian Universalist social witness process, click here:



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. Barbara Meyers and Paul K. Davis are members.  Join in!

Vision Statement
To promote respect, understanding, cooperation, and appreciation for the many spiritual paths and faith traditions within our community which inspire and teach us to love and support one another more fully.

Mission Statement
We are people from various spiritual backgrounds and experiences who envision an inclusive society in which people of all faiths and traditions respect and appreciate one another.








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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