About

 

 

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.

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4 Responses to About

  1. lezza22 says:

    Great meeting you last Sunday. Scott and I look forward to building a relationship with you and Emerson.

  2. Jim Woodring says:

    I am about to read your sermon on “The Antidote for Apathy” because I have the disease and I first wanted to review the background of the minister. I was surprised to see that you are an Unitarian Universalist minister. I was of the opinion that Unitarian Universalists did not believe in a creator/God yet you are passionate about rescuing Christianity from fundamentalism. I can appreciate that! My dad was the Pastor of a Fundamentalist church for 36 years and I was turned off by the legalism in my youth rebelled from the church and I’ve been fairly apathetic ever since. I’m hoping your message provides a cure.

    • kristataves says:

      Hi Jim. Thank you for your commment! There are many Unitarian Universalists who believe in a creator/God. Just as there are many Unitarian Universalists who do not. We are united by our values and the particular theologies are the lens through which we understand and give expression to our values.

  3. Jim Woodring says:

    I enjoyed reading your sermon; Next question is: How does one “Make caring worth more than not caring”?

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