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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This Sunday's Service
Upcoming By-Law Changes
Mental Health Advocacy Forum
HIP Housing's Home Sharing Program
General Assembly
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 May 18, 2016
Greetings!Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel  
I don't know about you but I continue to bask in the afterglow of our lovely Flower Communion service, made all the more meaningful this year by the participation of Moina Shaiq.  As promised she introduced us to her Islamic faith and answered our questions about what it is like to live as a Muslim in our country.  This inevitably sparked a number of important conversations that we hope to find multiple spaces to continue moving forward.  I am still in the process of gathering resources about countering Islamaphobia that I will post in a future Week on the Peak, and we are also discussing the possibility of having a class and/or discussion group in the fall.

And as we turn the page to this Sunday we have a whole new service to get excited about!  Our incredible and vibrant youth group will be leading our service, which will focus on the many transitions they are making.  Many of us often say that the children are our future, well the best way you can support them is by showing up this Sunday for their service, so I hope to see you there!

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 - May 22, 2016

Join us for a youth designed and youth led service honoring the many transitions our youth will be making in the upcoming year!

Leading the service will be Mission Peak Youth Group.  
Upcoming By-Law Changes
Upcoming By-Law Changes: How Would Your Life at Mission Peak Change?
The Strategic Planning Task Force has been working on creating a Leadership Development Committee and making adjustments to our governance structure.  Both of these require changes to the Congregation's By-Laws which we will vote on at the upcoming annual meeting on June 5th.

The proposed By-Law changes are divided in to two different parts, the changes to create the Leadership Development Committee, and the changes to adjust the governance structure.  The complete text of the proposed By-Laws are attached below with all changes highlighted and identified with a different text color.  The Leadership Development changes are in red text and the governance changes are in blue text.  There are also comments at the end of each section that explain why the changes in that section were made.  The comments are in italics in the text color that corresponds to the reason for the change; note that these comments will not be in the final version of the By-Laws.  We will be voting on the By-Law changes with 2 separate motions, one for Leadership Development and one for governance changes, prior to voting on the slate for the Board and Nominating/Leadership Development Committee positions.  Below the text of the By-Laws is a proposed transition plan to move into the new governance structure as well as how people will get voted into the new positions in the By-Laws if the By-Law changes are approved.

To illustrate how these changes will affect you, we have provided some examples below:

If you are a member or friend of the Congregation the Leadership Development changes will mean that more leadership training will be available to you and there will be more outreach to you about ways that you can get involved in the Congregation, with the goal being to find a way for you to be involved that is meaningful for you.  For example, if you really like working with children, we would want to find a way for you to do that at Mission Peak, or if you enjoy interacting with people, we would ask you to do that in some way.  As a member or friend of the Congregation, the governance changes will mean that you will hear more about a Vision for Mission Peak and goals for the upcoming year or two that will help us live out our Mission and Vision.

If you are a committee member, in addition to the above, the Leadership Development changes will mean that you may be involved in discussions about succession planning for your committee and what you would need in order to be able to chair your committee in the future.  As a committee member, the governance changes mean that you may be asked to attend one or more Council meetings as the representative from your committee (Council meetings are every other month).  One purpose for the Council meetings is to facilitate communication between different committees and between the Board and committees.  Your committee will also be asked to help meet the goals of the Congregation as set by the Board.  The Council meetings will be the primary place where the congregational goals are discussed and actions to meet the goals are defined.

If you are a committee chair, in addition to the above, the Leadership Development changes will mean that you will participate in succession planning for your committee, and you may be involved in discussions about other leadership positions including what you would need in order to take on other leadership positions in the future.  As a committee chair, the governance changes mean that you will be responsible for making sure that someone from your committee attends Council meetings and that your committee follows through on actions that your committee will take to support the goals of the Congregation.

The Strategic Planning Task Force has solicited input on the By-Law changes from the Board and we welcome comments and suggestions from everyone in the Congregation.  If you would like to discuss any part of the By-Law changes, from specific wording to intent, Melissa Holmes will be available after the Service this Sunday, 5/22, to take your feedback.  You can also contact Melissa via email or phone at any time to discuss the By-Law changes.

Please plan to attend the Annual Congregational Meeting on June 5 for these important votes!

Mental Health Advocacy Forum
Mental Health Advocacy Forum

This forum is part of our congregation's social justice project for this year.
Date: May 21, Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Place: Hopkins Jr High, 600 Driscoll Road, Fremont, Multi-Use Room
At this forum there will be:
  • Information for friends and family member advocates of those with mental health needs, mental health practitioners, and the wider community in the Bay Area interested in learning more about mental health issues, policies and resources
  • A panel discussion of current mental health issues and advocacy needs, with representatives from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), consumer groups, the Family Education Resource Center, the faith community, Alameda County BHCS (Behavioral Health Care Services), and the police
  • Breakout booths with information and resources about many community mental health programs
Please click here for flyer.
HIP Housing's Home Sharing Program
HIP Housing's Home Sharing Program

Attached please find two informational flyers about HIP Housing's Home Sharing Program. One flyer describes the home sharing program while the other provides a description of some of the clients we have registered with our program who are seeking housing. 

If you know persons with housing to share in Fremont, Union City or Newark and/or persons who are seeking  place to live who live or work in Fremont, please have them contact me at 510-574-2173 or at lmoya@hiphousing.org. The program has already made 4 home sharing matches and continues to provide an affordable housing alternative in the Tri Cities.

Warm regards, Laura

Click here for home sharing program information.
Click here for clients who are seeking housing.
General Assembly
General Assembly Delegates Needed

The Unitarian Universalist Association's annual General Assembly (GA) is coming up next month. It's being held in Columbus, Ohio from June 22 to 26th.  Our congregation is entitled to 3 delegates in addition to our ministers. Instead of physically attending GA, "off-site" delegates are also allowed to participate online. If you're interested in serving as either type of delegate please let Jeremy or congregation president DeAnna Alm know. There are some funds budgeted for those needing financial assistance.
Participate In The Life of Mission Peak!
Mission Peak
Participate In The Life of Mission Peak!

Would you like to get more involved at Mission Peak?  Do you want to become involved in different ways at Mission Peak?  Are you interested in learning more about what makes Mission Peak tick? Please plan to attend our upcoming informational workshops focused on Volunteer Opportunities and Committee Work at Mission Peak.  On Sunday, May 22, Jen King will be providing information about the many committees that work hard to make Mission Peak the vibrant community it is today and on a Sunday in June (TBD) Marylin Wakefield will be outlining the many different volunteer opportunities available at Mission Peak

Both workshops will provide opportunities to learn more about how things work at Mission Peak, ask questions, make suggestions, and sign up for volunteer positions or committees that are of interest to you.  Please mark your calendars and join us.
Community Office Hours
Rev. Jeremy'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.

Tuesday, May 24
10 AM - 12 PM
1790 Decoto Rd
Union City
Mission Peak UU
Calendar of Upcoming Events

May 15
Worship Meeting 11:30-1 pm / Cole Hall

OWL Workshop 2:30-5:30 pm

Sing-a-long with Jo Ann and Jackie
7-9 pm
Resume Clinic  7-9 pm Ockerman 3/4
 Meditation 6-8 pm / private home
Informational Meeting/Volunteer Opportunities & Committee Work 11:30 am

OWL Workshop 2:30-5:30 pm
Poems 7-9 pm
Jeremy's Coffee Hours 10-12 pm Starbucks
Union City
June 1
Men's Breakfast 8-9 am

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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