Rev. Barbara F. Meyers
Community Minister
Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation
P.O. Box 545

Fremont, CA 94536
510-796-5722

[email protected]
Year of Ordination: 2005
In Preliminary or Final Fellowship? Final Fellowship as a Community Minister
Distance you're willing to travel: 25 miles


Links to a sample sermon:
www.mpuuc.org/services/StagesofRecovery.html or www.mpuuc.org/services/sermonsrecent.html

List of sample sermon titles or topics:
Because I have a mental health ministry, most congregations ask me to talk about mental health topics. I am very happy to do so, but I also can speak on other subjects as well.  Here is a list of topics I have spoken on:

Depression
Recovery from Mental Illness
Loneliness
Evil
Humility
Religious Impasse
Community Ministry
UU Theology
Jungian Transference
Wounded Healers
Care of Difficult People
UU Televangelism
Lessons Learned on the Streets of the Tenderloin
Spinning Heresies

A statement about your theology:
"My theology is one with a personal and indwelling God, and a loving, surrounding spiritual presence.  My goal is to keep in touch with that presence as I go about my life and to live my life from that center with an immense compassion for all God's children.  From experience I believe we can be saved from a oppressive self-images and concepts of the world.  I think we are striving towards beloved community on earth as we covenant with each other as Unitarian Universalists and with people of other faiths."

A short biographical statement:
"Rev. Barbara F. Meyers, a member of Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation in
Fremont since its founding in 1994, earned a Masters in Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley in 2004 and returned to Fremont to launch a community ministry specializing in mental health. Her entry into ministry marked a career change after working as a computer software engineer at IBM for 25 years."  More about Barbara and her ministry can be seen at: www.mpuuc.org/services/comminintro.html

A favorite quotation:
"Every human being has a great, yet often unknown gift;

To care, to be compassionate, to become present to the other;

 to listen, to hear; and to receive.
If that gift would be set free and made available, miracles could take place."

Henri J.M. Nouwen

Honors, awards, or publications:
- PCD's 2007 Junella Hanson Memorial Award for excellence in teaching and faith development
- Alameda County Mental Health Board's 2008 Community Service Award in Media for producing the public access TV program "Mental Health Matters"
- "The Caring Congregation Handbook and Training Manual - Resources for Welcoming and Supporting Those with Mental Disorders and their Families into Our Congregations," Will to Print Press, 2005. www.mpuuc.org/mentalhealth/caringcongcurr.html

Links to your congregation's web site, your blog, your YouTube videos, your podcasts . . .
Ministry website www.mpuuc.org/mentalhealth,
Videos: www.mpuuc.org/mentalhealth/mentalTVshow.html
Podcast: www.sksm.edu/media/sammons_meyers1_9_07.mp3


Rev. Barbara F. Meyers
Community Minister
Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation
P.O. Box 545, Fremont, CA 94536
510-796-5722
[email protected]
www.mpuuc.org/mentalhealth