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.

Attendees should be masked inside and outside of Cole Hall during the service. We allow worship leaders, associates, and other service participants to be unmasked while speaking if they voluntarily disclose they are vaccinated and are 10ft apart from others who are not fully vaccinated. We recommend that people do not come inside if they are in close contact with at risk people.

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

Click here for more information about our Sunday services.

Children’s Religious Education

After consultation with staff and MPUU families, we have decided that it is still not safe enough to return to our regular religious exploration programing.

We will be offering modified in-person classes for our middle and high school students (5th grade-12th grade) on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month during Sunday service. Students will go to class after the Time For All Ages segment in the Service. Classes will take place outside on the path between Cole Hall and Ockerman or the corner of Ockerman if it is raining. All students need to wear a mask and sit with physical distancing measures.

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:

▶️ Finding Your True Self January 29, 2023

In this book, Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self, Father Richard Rohr likens the true self to a diamond buried deep within us, formed under the intense pressure of our lives, that must be searched for, uncovered, and separated from all the debris of ego that surrounds it. In a sense, the true self must, like Jesus, be resurrected. That process is not resuscitation, but transformation. What would your true self look like if it was excavated? Let’s explore a few ideas about revealing true ourselves.

▶️ The Good Ancestor January 22, 2023

We live in the age where we’re subject to the tyranny of the ‘now.’ Driven by Facebook, tweeting, 24/7 news, and the ‘buy-now’ button. But the obsession with the immediate has further decimated our abilities for long-term planning. And the truth is resolving the problems we currently face – from climate change to pandemic response – are long-term conversations. Drawing from Roman Krznaric’s brilliant book, we will explore six ways we can become time rebels and learn to think long.

▶️ Belum January 8, 2023

Greek philosopher Heraclitus once talked about our quest for stability and permanence and the pain that’s inevitable in a world that never stops evolving. He said, ‘The only thing constant in this world is change.’ Buddhists have a similar take, citing ‘impermanence’ as a more accurate descriptor of what we often call ‘reality.’ This is what led them to the third noble truth which describes suffering as brought about by attachment to the way things are. Before we can get to anything resembling enlightenment, we have to learn to accept change.

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.