My name is the Rev. Krista Taves. I’m a Generation X Unitarian Universalist minister living in the St. Louis region. I serve two wonderful and very different Unitarian Universalist congregations in Quincy IL and La Crosse WI.
I am a dual citizen, having moved from Canada to the United States in 2004. My background is Russian Mennonite, second generation immigrant on my mother’s side and third generation immigrant on my father’s. I had originally planned to dedicate my life to studying the politics of memory in the Canadian Russian Mennonite community until another path opened before me, the Unitarian Universalist ministry. I received a fabulous education at the Toronto School of Theology thanks to the United Church of Canada, the High Anglicans, the Presbyterians, and a not so silent liberal Catholic underground which didn’t have to be nearly as underground in the metropolis of Toronto as it is in St. Louis. I was also deeply immersed in the vibrant and growing bisexual community of Toronto which, as I understand it, is still pretty vibrant. I developed a strong sense of queer politics that informed much of my theology and although it has had to be significantly modified to be usable in suburban St. Louis it continues to energize my work and my operative theology.
My social justice passions are reproductive justice, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered civil rights, and racial justice. My primary focus is being a loving and reliable white ally for people of color in our city and our nation.