This Week on the Peak

This Week on the Peak – Wednesday, December 27, 2017

This Week on the Peak
Mission Peak UU – Fremont, CA
The Home of Liberal Religion in the Tri-Cities and Beyond!
December 27, 2017

This Sunday’s Service:
Image Credit – Cynthia Winton-Henry
Experiencing Grace in the New Year            

December’s worship theme at Mission Peak UU was Grace. Now, on the last day, we will explore the
idea of grace, which is similar to
. Could you use more ease in your life? Come hang out with us. We’ll figure out how to let go of some of the stress of 2017 (hang loose), and ways to help you hang in there through the coming year. We’ll use a combination of ritual, meditation, conversation, and some easy movement to help us relax, connect, and discover what will bring more grace and help us ease into the New Year. 

Leading the service will be Allysson McDonald and Worship Associate Ilze Duarte.  Music will be provided by Jay Steele, and Jessica Steele.  

A Celebration of Life for long-time congregation member Merrill Ito will be held
Saturday, January 6th, at 11 a.m.  It will be followed by a reception. All of Merrill’s and Holly’s family, MPUUC members and friends, and others among their friends in the larger community will be welcome.

Aloha (casual) attire is requested. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mission Peak UU Congregation or to the American Cancer Society.

Greetings from your Transition Team!

We would like to thank everyone who contributed memories to our Timeline for the past few weeks; we are looking at the good parts, the painful parts as well as unresolved issues in our past as a congregation, and your memories help us to see patterns and issues we will all be considering on our path to finding a new settled minister.

Your Transition Team will be hosting a meeting and lunch after the service on
January 21. Ann Hines, one of our Regional Advisors, will be talking with all of us about our Search Process. We will be providing lunch for everyone, and we strongly encourage everyone to come and join the meeting. Enjoy lunch on us, and learn about the Search process and what we need to do as a congregation to make the Search Process serve the future of MPUUC! 

Enjoy the holidays, and see you at the services!

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

A Few Words from Your Minister, in the Interim

These aren’t my words. They are the words of a hymn written for an African American Trinitarian Christian context, written by David Fraser. I hear this song, I read these words, with a doubly cross-cultural lens since I am neither African American nor Trinitarian Christian.
            I value the experience as an opportunity-not to inhabit-but to attend something of value to others. But it’s not just that. While some of the language is hard for me (e.g. referring to God as “Him”), I think of the “I” in several ways. First, it’s how we need one another on a fundamental human level. Second, it’s how our community, Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, needs us to be fully engaged-as fully as we each are able-
in its present and
for its future. Consider the essential meaning you might find in these words, for you. Carry that discernment into your New Year with open hearts, open minds, great hope, courage and optimism. A New Year’s resolution about how you will be as a member of MPUUC, in relationship with other members, friends, newcomers and staff and minister too-might be something to consider, if you’re the kind of person who makes resolutions.
If not, then maybe it’s just something to contemplate. Principles before personalities, for the good of the whole, how do I want, need to be? And, good people, be safe and joyful as you cross over into 2018 and beyond!
“I need you, you need me. 
We’re all a part of God’s body. 
Stand with me, agree with me. 
We’re all a part of God’s body. 
It is His will, that every need be supplied. 
You are important to me, I need you to survive. 
I pray for you, You pray for me. 
I love you, I need you to survive. 
I won’t harm you with words from my mouth. 
I love you, I need you to survive. 
It is His will, that every need be supplied. 
You are important to me, I need you to survive.”
-Rev Benson

A Message from Your DRE
Hi Everyone!
CaYRE will be hosting a free family movie night January 13th at 6pm. Click here to see the featured movie!


Right Now:
Call your Elected Officials!  

Call your representatives in House and Senate. Let them know how you feel about the tax bill (benefits largely to corporations and wealthiest Americans),  net neutrality (repealing this will allow providers to limit what you will see) and healthcare ( are you for ACA repeal or Medicare for All or something else?)
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!

  • We Have 5 Love Hero Nominees for 2018!

    *One Child: provides clothing and school supplies to children in need.
    OneChild began in Fremont, California and now serves families throughout the Bay Area. Their goal is to promote self-esteem in underprivileged children, so they may appreciate their individual worth.

    *RISE Fremont Coalition (
    Residents Insisting on Social Equity).

    Members of RISE come from a diverse group of cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds. They are united and resolved to make sure all residents are valued, especially those most in need. Their platform includes equitable development, greater affordable housing, improved local jobs and job training, and dignity for all people. (READ MORE HERE)


Mission Peak
New to UU Class

Welcome to friends of Mission Peak! We will have a New to Unitarian Universalism class on Sunday, January 14, from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. Reverend Benson, together with other congregation leaders, will lead this class.  The purpose of the class is for you to learn about the history of Unitarian Universalism, our Mission Peak Congregation, our congregational activities and more.  Everyone interested in learning more about the UU faith is welcome to take the New to UU Class.  In particular, anyone who is considering becoming a member of Mission Peak typically takes the class.  We will provide a light lunch for the January 14 class, so please sign up at the Welcome Table or email Gayle Tupper at


If you will need child care during the class, please sign up by January 7.

Adult Education

The Adult Education Committee is now taking sign-ups for the Winter Quarter. Please sign up after Sunday service or email Linda Messia at
John & Jackie Porter at Porter’s home       6 places
6 Mondays  7-9 pm;     Jan 8 & 22;  Feb 12 & 26;  Mar 12 & 26
Paul Davis  – 20 places   Ockerman 7/8
Sunday evenings  7 pm;   Jan 14 & 28; Feb 11 & 25; Mar 11 & 25 
Jo Ann  Schriner & Jackie Porter  at Schriner’s home;    12 places
Sunday evening;   7 – 9 pm;   February 11
Rev JD Benson   

Sunday, March 4 12-2: Rev Benson: An Overview  (12 places; Ockerman 3/4)
Sunday March 11 12-2: Rev John Buehrens : The Transcendentalists  

(in First Methodist’s Sanctuary: open)  


Eric Dittmar ;   7 – 9 pm at private home
2nd & 4th Thursday evenings each month   
Rev JD Bensom –  12 places    Cole Hall
Sunday;   noon – 2 pm;   February 4 & 11
Linda Messia    – 8 places   Jan 9 through Mar 27
Tuesday evenings;    7 – 9 pm at Linda’s home
Allysson McDonald ;   Ockerman 3/4
Sunday   January 28     11:45 – 12:45 pm

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