Our Interim Minister, Rev. Benson

 

Rev Benson comes to Mission Peak having served Unitarian Universalism for over 18 years. She was ordained by First Unitarian Church of Oakland & First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco in 2001 on the Sunday after 9/11. 

Her ministry has taken her from coast to coast, in various parish ministry roles and in the larger community as a hospice chaplain. Before answering to Unitarian Universalist ministry she worked in the AIDS epidemic for more than 15 years as a psychotherapist, and consultant. During that time she wrote articles and co-authored a book about the psychosocial issues of AIDS. 

She has had a private therapy practice on a part-time basis through the years when in California and she offers spiritual direction in private practice.

She is married to the Rev. Mary McKinnon Ganz who serves the Faithful Fools & UUSF. They have three children, one daughter-in-law and two grandchildren

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Our Community Minister, Rev. Barbara Meyers

 

Rev. Barbara F. MeyersRev. Barbara F. Meyers is a Community Minister with Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation. A member of our church since its founding in 1994, she earned a Masters in Divinity in 2004 from Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley 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. She holds a BA in Mathematics, an MS in Computer Science and a PhD in Computer Science, all from UCLA, and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Chapaincy Institute in Berkeley.

The Mental Health ministry has close ties to the UUA’s accessibility group EqUUal Access.

Read Barbara’s Message.

Our Minister Emeritus, Rev. Chris Schriner

 

Rev. Chris SchrinerRev. Chris Schriner is Minister Emeritus of Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation. He graduated from the University of Redlands, majoring in religion, philosophy, and psychology. He received a Doctorate in Religion from Claremont School of Theology and an MS in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from the University of LaVerne. His honors thesis at Redlands examined the ethical thought of theologian Paul Tillich. His dissertation at Claremont dealt with nuclear weapons policy.

In addition to ministry, Dr. Schriner worked for 20 years as a psychotherapist and he has led personal growth workshops throughout his career. He has also written six books, including Feel Better Now: 30 Ways to Handle Frustration in 3 Minutes or Less; Your Living Mind: The Mystery of Consciousness and Why It Matters to You; Do Think Twice: Provocative Reflections on Age-Old Questions; and Bridging the God Gap: Finding Common Ground Among Believers, Atheists and Agnostics.

Dr. Schriner has also studied comparative religion, neuroscience, philosophy of mind, and various spiritual disciplines. He lives in Fremont, California with his wife Jo Ann.