Meg Barnhouse: Guestbook
January 4, 2013
Dear Meg Barnhouse,
Just read your essay on meeting Jesus. What a way to begin the year, the day, this hour of contemplation! Your meeting with this person and your shared reflection have sent a balm to California and expanded my reading list. Thank you so much!
May 27, 2012
Glad to find this website. The writings are worth re-reading.
-Helen Struve from UUFH
April 9, 2012
Love your writing and music. Really enjoyed your visit to upstate NY a few years ago for the local UUMA chapter retreat.
February 27, 2012
I just heard you for the first time at the UU woman's conference in Clear Lake.
Blown away seems way too tame to describe how you made me feel.
I could not WAIT to get home and play your songs for my girls (17 & 11) and my mom. By the second chorus of "All Will Be Well" my 11 year old was belting it out right along with me and you.
Right now I'm waiting for my husband to get up (he worked the night shift last night) so I can play "Move Over" for him (I already bought both songs on itunes) and I'm looking for the lyrics or song of "Born Right the First Time" but I can't find them.
Thank you for the fun and for having something wonderful to share with those I love.
February 18, 2012
Hi Meg, I'm to be your service leader when you speak to CCUUS in NewBraunfels on Mar. 25. Will contact you soon via regular email about specifics.
January 17, 2012
Meg -- Just re-read your article about Jim David Adkisson & the KTVUUC shooting ("(Love can't fix everything" UU World 8-25-08) -- we've been discussing forgiveness on our e-list & its difficulties & some rocks on which it founders. Your article has much of wisdom & comfort in it. Also of mysteries we can't fix.
Love & Hugs,
John Bohstedt (Jake's Dad)
December 30, 2011
Meg, I just spent a few minutes looking at your website & Kiya's. Wow, what a beautiful, dynamic, & talented couple you are! I'll never forget the fun we had at WomenSpirit years ago. You made me laugh so hard I peed my pants. You've sure come a long way since then. I'm very happy for you. I hope to see you again some day. It would be great to have you do a Sunday service at our UU Congregation of Hillsborough, NC.
December 23, 2010
Hi Meg, I wanted to thank you for the insights you candidly and cleverly express in your UU World articles. All three of my favorite articles to date were penned by you (Broken Buddha, Holiday Depression and Martha Stewart). Cheers!
October 20, 2010
Hello Meg, you are sorely missed here in Sparkle City. Thank you for all you did and all your kindness. Best wishes for a blessed life.
September 19, 2010
Last night at Huusier Paluuza was amazing. Your stories and songs were funny and inspirational. I am further motivated to share my new faith with the world! Thank you.
July 6, 2010
You are a balm to my soul and a gift to the world. Much love to you my friend.
June 14, 2010
I am a UU in Amarillo, Texas. In the band. COuld I have the chords and lyrics to play Mango Thoughts In A Meatloaf Town on June 27th? Also, could you came play with us???
April 3, 2010
Hey, saw you at First Dallas in January and was both thoroughly entertained and profoundly moved. Tonight my husband asked about you - he was also touched and impressed and wanted to find more writing and music (by both of you). So here I am, delighted to have found your website. You're an amazingly talented person, and the world is definitely a better place because you do what you do. Thank you.
January 17, 2010
My partner and i really enjoyed your show at UU Church in Oakcliff.Love it so much that we bought one of your cd's.Hopefully you can come back soon for another show
November 27, 2009
Just read your article on the seven principles in the UU World - very good, as I expect from you!
One thing I do not understand is related to the third principle - acceptance of one another and etc. The old atheism was and is completely at home with this idea, and humanists and theists could more or less at least try to get along, and often actually did. The new atheism is different, and I have trouble seeing how it fits in with the third principle.
Dawkins Dennett and Harris know more about their enemy and have much improved arguments against religion, but I do not see them or their supporters signing up for the third principle.
Shawn Denise Vaughn
November 24, 2009
Hello Meg! I just heard a few weeks ago that you have moved to MA. Kudos to you and hope you are happy. My sister, her husband and their 3 children have become avid attenders at UUSC and are loving it. Said they miss you too! Happy Thanksgiving my friend! Be well, be happy, be blessed! Shawn
Susan Davitti Darling
October 25, 2009
I just finished reading "Rock of Ages at the Taj Mahal". I loved it and in fact couldn't put it down. Thank you Thank you!
June 16, 2009
hi Meg. I have a Meg Barnhouse that is 7 out in Colorado. Small world. I wonder if we could be related somehow...The oldest Barnhouse I know of is my great great grandpa Edward Barnhouse from Ohio. Send me an email if that name rings a bell.
May 13, 2009
Pleased to hear you will be joining us in Princeton in August. Looking forward to working with you on our future.
April 15, 2009
Hi Meg, you were the guest minister at UU of Clearwater last year, shortly after my partner was killed, you gave me your CD as a gift, and I've listened to it on and off since then, but in the last week or so, my daughter (who is 5) has discovered it and it's beautiful to hear her singing "All Will Be Well"... It's then that I believe it just might.
Thanks so much.
December 10, 2008
Just re-read your Daffodil Rescue Mission piece (OK, so I should have been grading papers...). That's powerful medicine. We miss you over here in Greenville. Will come and hear you preach in good old Hub City soon. Happy Holidays.
December 8, 2008
I miss you so much!!
October 4, 2008
Thank you so much for tonight at North UU Congregation in Lewis Center! I thoroughly enjoyed the evening! It's good to laugh in earnest with things being as grim as they have been recently. We just need to remember, "All Will Be Well..." ;-) Bright blessings!
Goo Goo Ganja
October 3, 2008
Hi Meg, Just checking your creds and beautiful pictures. Love your website! Looking forward to your visit to our Meatloaf town next week!!
Gobs of Goo Goo Love,
September 21, 2008
Meg - I chaired a discussion group this am at St Augustine UU and was happy to report that your workshop was by far one of the most rewarding experiences at the entire GA in June. Thank you for sharing your amazing wisdom and gifts.
August 26, 2008
Thank you for the background on the church shooter, Jabbo. I live in Knoxville and am a member at TVUUC. On the day of the shooting I was in the Seattle area when the terrible text message came in from a church member to me about the shooting. My friends helped me through the day of confusion and horrific news coming in through calls, emails and web info. They said repeatedly, "this has to be someone who has an issue with this church, not just random...it's a former member/ex husband or something". I'm amazed at how accurate their intuition was after all.
Thank you for explaining more about this man and his opportunities and his torment.
August 25, 2008
Meg - Your writing, "Love Can't Fix Everything," shared through the Minnesota chapter of the Network of Spiritual Progressives, had me in tears by the end. You--as a writer, a minister, a performer--would know as well as anyone: you can't do much better than that for people. You touched and moved me.
Blessings to you. So glad to meet you on the Spirit Road. ( www.SpiritRoadRadio.net )
August 25, 2008
Your piece "Love Can't Fix Everything" in the E-World today is excellent! It is redemptive, and gives me hope. It widens our hearts, and deepens our theology. Thank you.
August 25, 2008
Treasured Colleague: Thank you for your article on Jim David Adkisson. As I read it, you were making the distinction we Unitarian Universalists often times refuse to make, between the finite, limited, and flawed love we can extend to other human beings, especially those who perpetuate such evil acts; and the unconditional love of all souls that is God. Broken and limited and deeply-flawed as I am, I struggle to offer any affection to send Mr. Adkisson's way; but am strong in the faith that where I falter and fall, God's love triumphs, even as it judges both Mr. Adkisson and me. Love not only walks with us in the valley of the shadow of death, but calls us to exercise the freedom we are given in order to live into the Divine image in which we are made.
August 11, 2008
Did I ever send you this story? It illustrates how important your music has become to my life ...
My 16-year-old daughter was full of anxiety about taking her driver's test. I tried to reassure her that she'd do fine, and she grew frustrated, insisting that it was possible that she could fail. I told her that if she did fail, it would be no big deal, and she could take it again. She continued to fluster with anxiety. I said, "Hannah, look at me. No, really look at me! I have something important to tell you." She looked at me and said, "Mom, if you say 'All will be well' to me, I'll slap you silly!"
August 11, 2008
Rev. Meg, Thank you for sharing your wonderful song "All Will Be Well." I sang it at a concert-cum prayer service that our congregation held yesterday in a beautiful park. It was magic. You're the best. lovelovelove
August 4, 2008
I have just finished listening twice through "Mango Thoughts in a Meatloaf Town". Your lyrics are powerful and beautiful at the same time. If you ever come to the SF Bay Area and need a place to stay I hope you will think of me. I would love to meet you and say thank you in person.
P.S. I found your CD through the UUA website.
July 24, 2008
You were wonderful at Summer Institute. You were definitely what the doctor ordered. I have great hope that it will make people think about how they treat each other. You have an amazing amount of grace and wisdom. Thanks for making SI a great week.
July 21, 2008
You MADE my first Ohio-Meadville Summer Institute! I'm not sure any other theme speaker will be able to live up to the standard you set. I've already sent an email to Mark & our worship chair so we can work out something on your way to or from Chicago in October.
Sending love your way from Columbus, OH - Debra
July 20, 2008
You made Summer Institute at Kenyon College a truly memorable experience for me and so many others. Your thoughts, ideas, lessons, music, linguistic genius, timing, animation and HUMOR were a refreshing commentary in a time of world angst. You had my full attention the entire time. Thank you so much for being so generous with your time and love. LOVE YOU!
"All WILL be well" -Victoria
July 19, 2008
I heard your songs on the Athens NPR station and I laughed. So I had to see if I could get in touch How are you? I'll bet the boys are off in school. Sarah has graduated and is headed to California to work. Alex is headed to GA Southern so we'll be down to one. If you get a chance eamil or give me a call and we'll catch up.
July 8, 2008
I read your article at the website uuworld.org entitled "Letter to a New Parent." It was so lovely and well-written and perfectly expressed. The last paragraph makes me tear up. I found the article because of a referal from Katie Allison Granju's blog, actually. I just wanted to say thank you for sharing such a lovely letter.
Mary Ellen Mayo
July 1, 2008
saw you at GA 2008 in Ft. Lauderdale at the CLF service and became an instant fan! I was born at the army post at Ft. Jackson....
June 4, 2008
hi meg ~ i'm a member of the Unitarian Church of Sharon (MA) and i'm reading through "did i say that out loud?" on loan from our dir. of religious ed. great stuff. your my new jewel in the crown of uu discoveries. our minister of 12 years, deborah cayer, will be moving to a bigger church in NC. we wish her the best. she was great too. ~ irv post
May 22, 2008
Just rediscovered you (it's been a long time since PTS, I was in Hodge in the class of '81, I was shy and viewed you as one of the "cool" upperclasswomen) thanks to PeaceBang. I never got farther than Hightstown, NJ, but have spent the last 27 years trying to keep the faith and share it in several parishes in Central NJ. I look forward to discovering more of what you've been doing since you left the Garden State.
May 17, 2008
Hi colleague. Just wanted to drop you a note of appreciation for "Mango Thoughts In a Meatloaf Town." A congregant gave it to me for Christmas two years ago and I cherish it. I started off loving "All Is Well" the most, and then "Chrysalis" ministered the most to me, and now I am smiling to "Somebody Fall" and "Your Place In My Heart" (which I sing to my one-year old beagle puppy, Max).
You're a gift.
May 13, 2008
Dear Meg, It was wonderful to have you visit 4thU - people still haven't stopped talking about it!
I bought Karma Fairy and a CD (?JULY?) afterward, and had so much fun talking with you that I left them on your table. You have my receipt from American Express - the total was $27. Can we make arrangements for you to ship them? I will gladly pay any postage/handling. Many apologies - I had too much fun talking to pay attention to taking my purchases!
Blessings - Jill Bowden
May 7, 2008
I greatly enjoyed your visit to First UU of Austin this weekend. Laughter and insites into the "Rapture" made for an interesting time.
I learned of this site where this man maintains a "rapture index" on Dailykos.com. Good for an insight into how some of these folks think.
May 5, 2008
Enjoyed the weekend at First UU Austin very much. This bit of wisdom crossed my screen.
"Right now I'm having amnesia and deja vu at the same time. I think I've forgotten this before." - Steven Wright, comedian (b. 1955)
and ESCHEW OBFUSCATION (bumper sticker)
and DON'T MISS IT IF YOU CAN (b.s.)
April 17, 2008
Thank you for coming to PUUC last night! We had a wonderful time. I swear you just get better everytime I see you. You rock, girl!
March 13, 2008
I have a CD for you and need an address to mail it to ... please get in touch when you can.
Thanks too for your radio essays on YOUR DAY!
March 5, 2008
Please put a list of your upcoming public engagements on your website!
February 23, 2008
Dear Meg B.,
hello from Black Mountain! We are still having the greatest time doing the UU thing at UUCSV...and we want you back! Is there a Sunday on your calendar that we could plan for you to visit and be our special featured guest speaker? (For the time being, EVERY speaker is still a guest speaker here!) Can you believe that it has been (only) eight years since that day in April when we kicked this thing into gear?
Hoping all is well with you --