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!

August 1, 2018

This Sunday’s Service:
Belonging – Me, Us, Them
One of the fundamental human needs is a sense of belonging, connection, or community. We all have our stories of not belonging. How do we help others feel like they belong? How do we exclude others? Do we need boundaries? How does this play out on various levels – personal, social, congregational, national? What is a nation anyway, and how do we decide who belongs? Our worship leader, Allysson McDonald, wrote her Master’s Research Paper on nationhood, and as an “undercover immigrant” has personal experience of belonging and not belonging.



Allysson McDonald will lead the service and assisting will be Worship Associate Mark Rahman.  Jay Steele will provide our music.


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!


Rev. Jo Green, our incoming interim minister, has successfully found housing in Union City and will be arriving in mid-August.  Her first
Sunday in the pulpit will be
September 9th, and the service will be followed by a congregational potluck.  Please do plan to attend and bring something to share with our Mission Peak UU family as we welcome her.

Rev. Jo has been in regular contact with the Board and with the Transition Team, and we are all preparing to hit the ground running.  She has retreat-style meetings scheduled with both the Board and the Transition Team, and we will all be working together to share information with the congregation about plans, goals and activities during this interim period. Please feel free to contact your Transition Team members if you have questions, comments or suggestions!
-DeAnna Alm (chair), Valerie Stewart, Alan Davis, Holly Ito and Annette Breingan


Children & Youth Religious Education (CaYRE)

RE has been having a fun summer! Thank you to everyone who has volunteered!  We still need a few more teachers and assistants for August.  Please look for the sign up this Sunday or email


We are also currently searching for a new RE Coordinator.  You can find our job listing at Please pass it along to anyone who may be interested.

August Special Collection to Support Communications Skills Workshop

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. This month’s collection will support a planned workshop – on
Saturday, September 29th, 2018, Mission Peak UU is holding a workshop on Communication Skills and Living in Right Relationship, led by Rev. Cat Cox. Cox
is a Unitarian Universalist community minister who provides interfaith spiritual guidance and conflict resolution, and is a congregational consultant.
Holding this workshop will be an investment for Mission Peak’s future, and taking the workshop will be an investment in yourself. But workshops cost money and the board would like to keep it affordable for all members. Money from Sunday’s collection on August 12 will therefore be used to offset some of the associated expenses. So, mark your calendar for Sept. 29, and prepare to make a donation on August 12. Please give generously, it’s all about building a better community for our future!



Save the Date:


September 9:  After Service (this is our Annual Water Service) there will be a Congregational Potluck Picnic – welcoming ALL to MPUUC- especially Rev. Jo.
(Sign-up for the Potluck will follow soon.)



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




Audio/Video Recording of MPUUC Services

There are new audio and video recordings of our services going back to
April 1 on the
Past Services page of the website featuring seven different speakers.
Fall Adult Education
The Adult Education Committee is offering the following
Classes for the Fall 2018 quarter. Signups will begin
after Sunday services starting August 5th.
1. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Cynthia Ungson – 20 places
Monday evening Sept 17;
Ockerman 3/4;   7 – 9 pm
2. Small Talk That Makes A Big Difference
Ilze Duarte
– 8 places
2 Thursday evenings;   October 18, 25
Ockerman 3/4   7 – 9 pm
3. Introduction to the Enneagram
Linda Messia – 8 places
Tuesday evening Sept 18;     ;
Linda’s home 7 – 9 pm
4. Enneagram: Centers of Intelligence
Linda Messia – 8 places
5 Tuesday evenings;   Sept 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23
Linda’s home 7 – 9 pm
5. Poems
John & Jackie Porter – 6 places
Monday evenings Sept 10 & 24; Oct 8 & 22; Nov 12 & 26
Porter’s Home 7-9 pm
6. Sing-a-Long with Jackie & Jo Ann
Jo Ann Schriner & Jackie Porter – 6 places
Sunday evening Sept 9;
Private Home 6-8 pm;
7. Common Read 2018-19
Coordinator: Allysson McDonald
In Cole Hall after the service
October 14, 21, 28



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