Worship Service

Our Sunday service begins at 10:00am at Cole Hall, on the campus of First United Methodist Church of Fremont, 2950 Washington Blvd., Fremont, CA.  (Click here for a map and directions.)

We are having hybrid services with worship leaders and congregants in Cole Hall and online with Zoom video conferencing software. We will provide three ways to attend the service — via Zoom, sitting inside Cole Hall, or sitting on the patio outside Cole Hall with loudspeakers and a view of the worship leaders and stage.

After the service, we invite you to join us for conversation.

Click here for more information about our Sunday services.

Children’s Religious Education

We are having a children’s chapel monthly

The Flaming Chalice

The flaming chalice is the most widely used symbol of Unitarian Universalism and the official logo of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and many member churches and societies., such as our Mission Peak congregation. We light our chalice near the beginning of our service each week using the following words:

We light this chalice…To remind ourselves to treat all people kindly, because we are all one family;

To take good care of the Earth, because it is our home;

To live lives full of goodness and love, because that is how we will become the best people we can be.

The symbol had its origins in a logo designed by Austrian refugee Hans Deutsch for the Unitarian Service Committee during World War II. Deutsch took his inspiration from the chalices of oil burned on ancient Greek and Roman altars. A lit chalice in the window became an underground symbol in occupied Europe during World War II to for safe houses assisting Unitarians, Jews, and other people escape Nazi persecution. Deutsch had fled to Portugal, where he met the Reverend Charles Joy, executive director of the Unitarian Service Committee. The Service Committee was new, founded in Boston to assist Eastern Europeans, among them Unitarians as well as Jews, who needed to escape Nazi persecution. From his Lisbon headquarters, Joy oversaw a secret network of couriers and agents. Perhaps 850 lives were saved, although the total is unknown.

After 1941, the flaming chalice symbol spread throughout Unitarianism in America and the rest of the world. This spread continued after Unitarians in North America merged with Universalists to form the Unitarian Universalist Association in 1961.

Joys and Concerns

The sharing of joys and concerns is an important part of our community. At the entrance to Cole Hall is a table with a book, set up for anyone who wishes to write a brief note of what is on their mind this day. These are read aloud by the minister during the service, followed by an invitation for anyone who would like to place a stone in the sand garden set up on a table before the pulpit. These joys and concerns are not expressed verbally. At the conclusion, our minister places one more stone or lights one more candle for intentions which may not even be in the room but are hidden in our hearts. There follows a prayer and meditation.

Sermon and Service Recordings

Rev. Greg Ward, our Mission Peak Minister.

Past sermons can be found at Service and Sermon Recordings. Upcoming sermon topics are at Upcoming Services. Here are links to the latest Sermon and Service Recordings:

▶️ Three Suggestions for the New Year January 7, 2024

Wisdom to remember from a clay tablet a potter gifted Rev. Jim on which she’d inscribed three koans of life advice he’d been given and returned with from his month long journey to Panama. A tablet handed down with three guides for right relationship with life; sounds like a familiar ancient story that had ten, but they were in the form of commandments.

▶️ Breathing Love December 31, 2023

We have hymns that borrow from loving kindness meditations; and many of us have learned stress-reduction meditations for self-love. Eric Dittmar is planning a participative event using these and one more—not to deliver a lesson, but to let you explore a message about love that lies in these methods.

▶️ Letting Go of Our Dearest Illusion December 17, 2023

Chris writes: “We may think we know who we are, and where we are. But our self-image and our understanding of our world may have evolved when we were very young, without much grown-up reflection or revision. I am 80. If I’m ever going to see through this illusory, imaginary self, in an illusory, imaginary world, the time is now. Today I’ll say a little about my efforts to look beyond this limiting story. I’ll also invite you to look at your story, and what may await you as you see beyond it.”

The Five Hearts Mosaic

Five mosaic hearts rise above the chancel at the center of Cole Hall where the Mission Peak congregation holds services. These were made by Don Ramie and Patricia Osage in May of 2015, using pieces of broken items parishioners were invited to bring from home for the purpose. The symbolism of what is broken being made whole is intended.

Sanctuary Weavings

Weavings by our community minister Rev. Barbara Meyers often decorate our Sanctuary.