Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Fremont, California       A spiritual community of open minds,
                                  nurturing growth and healing in ourselves and all people.
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Delegates Needed
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April 15, 2015
Greetings!Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel  


I hope that you can join my family and many of your friends from Mission Peak UU at our all congregation party this Friday evening.  It includes dancing, dinner, music and free child care, so come on down.  All the details can be found below.  I hope to see you there!  


Yours in the unfolding, 


Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel

Minister of Mission Peak UU Congregation

Fremont, CA.


Cell: 510.936.1632 


Preferred appointment times: Tue-Thur 11am-6pm


Available by appointment all days except Monday
This Sunday's Service -  April  19, 2015

Sweet Dreams Are Made of Cheese: The Spiritual Lesson of Misheard Song Lyrics             

Have you ever found yourself singing a song loudly with friends, only to suddenly discover that the words you have been singing for years were not correct? This phenomenon, called a 'mondegreen' actually reveals an important spiritual lesson. So come and rock out to some of your favorite misheard lyrics while we explore their spiritual significance.  

Leading the service will be Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel and Worship Associate Dawn Fortune. Music will be provided by Peak Rocks.   
Adult RE
Your Mysterious Mind: New Insights into Baffling Enigmas 
A two-part workshop series with Dr. Chris Schriner 
Mondays, May 4 & 11, 7-9 p.m. Ockerman Bldg. #3/4, 20 spaces

What is consciousness and where is it located? Does it dwell within a non-physical soul? Is it located inside of the brain? And if it is in the brain, why is it so maddeningly difficult for scientists and philosophers to explain how this is so?


For over 20 years Dr. Chris Schriner has studied mind, brain, and consciousness. In this two-part workshop he will present several seemingly insoluble puzzles about conscious experience and suggest ways of solving these conundrums. He will also offer opportunities for personal experimentation and reflection.


Chris' book: Your Living Mind: The Mystery of Consciousness and Why It Matters to You is recommended but not required reading for this program. Copies will be available from Chris before the class and at the two workshop sessions. They are also available from Amazon.com. Click:



Dr. Schriner is a retired psychotherapist and Minister Emeritus of our congregation. For more information contact revschriner@aol.com.
NAMIWalk 2015  
NAMIWalk 2015 - the Peak Survivors

Katherine Rubie and Kathryn Lum are walking for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) because we want to let people who are suffering from mental illness know that they are not alone - that there are people out there who understand what they are going through and who can help them to survive and recover.

NAMI offers vital free classes and support groups for those living with mental health challenges and their families.  They also are very active in advocating for legal issues on behalf of the mentally ill.  They never charge for their services - they are a nationwide grassroots organization that gets all its funding from donations.

Would you be willing to help support us by making a donation or by joining us as a walker in the annual San Francisco Bay Area NAMIWalk?  It is scheduled for Saturday, May 30th in Golden Gate Park.  All proceeds will go to benefit the local Alameda County chapter of NAMI.

To donate to or to join Mission Peak's walking team (we're called the Peak Survivors), go to the website namiwalks.nami.org/mpuuc.  Alternatively, you can give one of us a check payable to NAMIWalk SFBay Area.  Thank you very much!

Social Justice
Social Justice Committee

The Social Justice committee has gotten a lot of great ideas for next year's social justice project and now we need to know which project you can help with.  Here are the ideas that have been submitted:

Payday loans
Human trafficking
Equal protection of law
Food justice
Mental Health education to include police and family education
Gender non-conforming children
Fair trade
Quality of school cafeteria food
Foster kids to include activities, welcoming families, big brother/big sister, training, donations and CASA workers

If you can help organize an activity or service on one of these topics, or if you would be willing to be on the steering committee to help organize a year-long social justice project based on one of these ideas please contact the Social Justice Committee, specifically Allysson McDonald at allyssonmcdonald@gmail.com or Melissa Holmes at
Connections Presents
A Weekend of Workshops to Compassionate Communication with LaShelle Lowe-Charde

Compassionate Communication (also called Nonviolent Communication (NVC)) and Mindfulness practice provide clarity about why things don't work and practical tools that naturally open the heart. Working from this new framework, relationships with yourself and others become easier and more fulfilling.






Friday, April 24      An Introduction                         7pm - 9pm        Free

Saturday, April 25  Compassionate Communication     9am - 5pm        $80

Sunday, April 26     Reactivity Inside and Out           10am - 2pm        $40


Where Connections, 39055 Hastings St., Suite 106, Fremont, CA 94538

Registration: www.wiseheartpdx.org, or call 503-544-7583


LaShelle Charde is a certified Compassionate/Nonviolent Communication (NVC) trainer who trained with Marshall Rosenberg and other internationally known NVC trainers and who has led several earlier workshops for the Mission Peak community.  

Delegates Needed
District Assembly

Please let Mission Peak president DeAnna Alm (president@mpuuc.org) know if you're planning to attend either District Assembly-April 25th in San Francisco or General Assembly in Portland June 24th to 28th and might be interested in serving as a congregation delegate.


Mission Peak is allowed 3 delegates for each of these events to represent the congregation and vote at the meetings. Some financial assistance is available for General Assembly attendees if requested before the May 14th Board Meeting.
District/General Assembly
Registration is now open

If you've been thinking about attending District Assembly or General Assembly now is the time to register.


Pacific Central District (PCD) annual District Assembly is coming up on Saturday, April 25th at the UU Society of San Francisco. The Theme is: "Walking a Faithful Path."  This year it is a one day event. For more information and to register go to the PCD website at http://www.pcd-uua.org/ 


General Assembly (GA) is being held in Portland, Oregon from June 24th to 28th. This is closest it will be for the next several years. Registration and lodging reservations can be done on the UUA website at http://www.uua.org/ga/index.shtml


Leaf Stone Garden
Joey moving materials
Leaf Stone Garden Update

The next work party for the LEAF Stone Garden is listed below: 
  • Saturday, April 18 from 1-3 pm; Take down winter vegetables, prepare for summer vegetables, sort usable items, spread mulch and general garden maintenance.
Lathe House under construction

For more information, please go to the LEAF website at www.fremontleaf.org or contact Mellicent Fraticelli at melfraticelli@comcast.net. Also, visit Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/423124737822704/?pnref=lhc for the latest postings.

Community Office Hours
Rev. Nickel's upcoming dates

I am always interested in suggestions for new places, times and ways that this could work better for you, so if you have an idea, please drop me a line, it is as easy as clicking right here.  And of course I am also always available by personal appointment all days except Monday.


Wednesday, April 22
11 AM - 1 PM 
Mission Coffee 
151 Washington Blvd  

Thursday, May 7  
2 - 4 PM 
7324 Thornton Ave 
Mission Peak UU
Calendar of Upcoming Events

April 12
Exploring Mortality 11:30-1:00 pm

Leaf Stone Garden Work Party 1-3 pm
Buddhist Meditation and Study Group 7-9 pm
A Celebration of Our Past, Present and Future / Warm Springs Community Center 7:30-10:00 pm

Leaf Stone Garden Work Party 1-3 pm

Exploring Mortality 11:30-1:00 pm
Jeremy's Cioffee Hours Mission Coffee 11-1 pm
Buddhist Meditation and Study Group 7-9 pm


Leaf Stone Garden Work Party 1-3 pm
Buddhist Meditation and Study Group 7-9 pm

May 1
COM Committee Retreat 9-1 pm

Retirement Planning Basics  1-3:30 pm

Leaf Stone Garden Work Party 1-3 pm

Who We Are

Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fremont was founded in 1993. We are a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.


Mission Peak members determine its policies, choose its minister, and support it financially.


We affirm and promote these UUA Principles and Purposes:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in our society at large
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

We invite you to join us and add your commitment to ours. Mission Peak is a living and changing congregation, responsive to the spiritual needs of its members. With the leadership of our minister, we search for ways to fulfill ourselves as individuals and as a community. Joining us is a commitment to this process. 


Our mailing address is:

P.O. Box 545 Fremont, CA 94537-0545

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