Category: Minister Posts

From the Minister – September

From the Minister Usually, when September rolls around, ministers have already laid out some scaffolding for what might be addressed in the coming year. I suspect that practice has changed significantly since the beginning of the pandemic for all of us. We continue to be lost in the mires of this pandemic. The trauma is … Continued

From the Minister – August

From the Minister This summer has been moving so quickly, likely in part because of the work I have been doing, serving our faith in new ways. I was a Co-Lead of the Chaplain Team for our annual General Assembly in June. This was the first time I had ever volunteered for GA. It was … Continued

From the Minister – July

The Reverend Kristina Spaude will be taking study leave again from July 11-16 as part of the ministry team for the Central East Region’s Summer Institute and then again be taking staycation time the following week, July 18-22.  She will be available for emergency pastoral concerns only for the week she is on study leave – … Continued

From the Minister – June

Summer is fast approaching! Things are finally shifting as we are opening up after what has seemed like endless months apart. The church is opening for groups and we’re hoping that we’ll be able to open for in-person worship services in the fall. For many ministers, the summertime is a less active time, where programming … Continued

From the Minister – May

As I was preparing for the Flower Ceremony service (available on May 2), I was so aware of how hymns and other worship pieces are not written for those of us in a warmer year-round climate. I thought about the lovely “Spring Has Now Unwrapped the Flowers,” and thought, “It’s unwrapped some flowers…” And April showers bring May … Continued

From the Minister – April

Registrations for our annual General Assembly opened in January. I have never volunteered for General Assembly before but decided I was interested in doing so this year as a way to both serve our faith as well as grow my skills. Every opportunity for volunteering, I’ve offered myself, and expect to have some news to … Continued

From the Minister – March

Somehow we are entering March already. I’ve been enjoying getting to know what Florida living is like here — so much different than what I am used to! Church life is humming along, and I am so proud of you all for the work you’re doing to support the continued and future growth of this … Continued

From the Minister – February

I feel like I spend a lot of time wondering about what day and date it is. But here we are: February! February 1 marks six months of my being with UUCTS. You are doing such great work! I trust that by the time you get this, we will have made changes to the Board … Continued

New Year, New Minister

We are pleased to be starting the new year with our new minister, Rev. Kristina Spaude! Rev. Kristina relocated to the Tarpon Springs area in September and spent her first months on the job getting to know us, providing pastoral care, and helping to strengthen our programming. The introduction of monthly spiritual themes has helped … Continued

Deepening the Conversation

Rev. Kristina Spaude is introducing UUCTS to Covenant Groups. If you have a desire to connect with others for more intentional conversations related to spiritual themes, please check out this video by Rev. Kristina explaining what Covenant Groups are all about. (Link: We’ll be piloting the concept in September, then forming small groups to meet … Continued