Our Senior Minister
Rev. Kurt Condra
Unity on the North Shore has its own special miracle in its Minister, Rev. Kurt Condra. Kurt is committed to demonstrating unconditional love and spiritual light throughout his activities, responsibilities, and experiences, whether in his daily life at Unity or within his community. He has a warmth and caring that are wonderfully evident – even if you’ve just met him! Being in his presence brings both joy and appreciation. He reflects our connectedness to each other and to all creation.
Prior to ordination by the Association of Unity Churches in 2004, Kurt began his career in publishing, working for the Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle in their new media divisions, then becoming editor and, later, Managing Editor for Newport Communications, a trade magazine publisher. But, according to Kurt, he wanted “something more,” something of spiritual depth and meaning that would express his gratitude for God’s blessings. In 1994, he joined Unity Community Church in Laguna Hills, California, becoming its board president and director of communications. He also worked for two years as an administrator for St. George’s Episcopal Church in Laguna Hills.
Upon entering the ministerial program at Unity Village in Kansas, Kurt dove with enthusiasm into its two years of rigorous training. After ordination, he became Associate Minister at one of the movement’s largest churches, Unity Church of Dallas. In six years there, he easily won the hearts of congregants, staff, and Dallas residents with his steady, compassionate recognition of their own innate divinity.
Kurt became Minister at Unity on the North Shore in 2010. He has brought creative change where it’s been needed, and like a Sanctuary of Spiritual Welcome, Kurt’s door is open wide to anyone who’d like to give opinions, comments, or suggestions – or, as often happens, just to say “Thank you!” Kurt Condra’s vision and faith provide a remembrance that the power of the universe, the power of God, is always present within and through each one of us.
Our Associate Minister
Rev. Christina Garza
Rev. Christina Garza has been a Unity Truth/New Thought student for 15 years. She graduated and became a licensed minister through the Unity Urban Ministerial School in Detroit, MI in 2018 and was ordained by Unity Worldwide Ministries in June 2019. Also a certified Q Effect/Q Process facilitator and coach, she regularly offers workshops and trainings.
Rev. Christina is passionate about the Unity message of affirmative prayer and inherent Divinity, and wants to share it with the world. Her personal ministry focuses on spiritual liberation and engaging diverse communities including LGBTQ, low-income, and Spanish-speaking/Latino populations. She was born and raised in Chicago, but is very connected to her Mexican roots, as well as her "Spanglish" identity, and is committed to developing bi-lingual and Spanish Unity services.
Christina has more than 25 years of experience working with and in nonprofit organizations as a community activist, nonprofit executive, foster care advocate, and participatory action researcher. She has dedicated her career to supporting social justice, equity, and improving people's daily lives. For the last 9 years, she has administered her private consulting firm that specializes in organizational development, evaluation, and funds development. She holds a Master's degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and is ABD (All but Dissertation) in her Doctoral work in Political Philosophy.
Christina is an adoptive mother and foster parent, and grandmother to 8 adoptive grandchildren. She lives in Chicago with her 18-year-old daughter, Isabella, and with her highly intelligent Shih Tzu, Cutie. When she's not buried under books reading, she enjoys salsa dancing, shoe shopping, antiquing, and traveling.