Meet Our Minister

We gladly welcome Rev. Kristen Kuriga as our settled minister at Saltwater Unitarian Universalist Church.  She and her family begin their journey with us at the first of November 2018.

Rev. Kristen Kuriga received her Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. She also has a Master of Arts in Peace and Justice Studies from the University of San Diego, and a Bachelor of the Arts from Sarah Lawrence College. She served for seven years as the Social Justice and South Bay Ministry Teams Coordinator at the First UU Church of San Diego, including providing leadership at a bi-lingual, multicultural campus on the US-Mexico Border. She completed her internship as a Chaplain Resident at Sharp Memorial Hospital, honing her skills in pastoral care. Prior to that, she worked as a labor and community organizer and lived and studied at a Zen Buddhist City Center. Her call in ministry is at the intersection of spiritual practice, social justice and art. She currently lives in San Diego with her husband Joshua, and their two cats Benny and Joon. This summer they are expecting a new addition to the family!

From her website
“A thread that runs through all of my life experiences has led me to answering the call to ministry. My childhood opened me to the need for justice, and my journey as an organizer and spiritual practitioner brought me to the faith tradition of Unitarian Universalism. I seek a ministry where I can bring my skills in service to our faith: my passion for justice, storytelling, and art; my commitment to spiritual practice, creating the beloved community, pastoral care, and developing leaders; and a mind and heart that cares about spiritual growth, healthy organizations, and living into our mission. I am excited about serving our faith tradition as a Unitarian Universalist Minister, and sharing a message of love, hope and justice within our congregations and the larger community.”

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