Reverend Doctor María Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa

Reverend Doctor María Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa


Reverend María Cristina began serving as our minister in September 2016.

She immigrated to the United States from Chile in the late 1970s. She holds a Law Degree from the City University of New York School of Law, a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School, and the degree of Doctor in Theology from the Religion, Gender, and Culture Program at Harvard University.

Reverend María Cristina has more than three decades of work experience related to social justice, including working with mothers in prison, immigrants, survivors of domestic violence, people living with traumatic brain injury, multicultural community organizations, and children with disabilities. Her volunteer work as advocate and community organizer includes working with the LGBTQ community.

She received her call to the ministry while working in an AIDS hospice. On September 22, 2013 she was ordained to the Unitarian Universalist Ministry by First Parish Unitarian Universalist church in Cambridge, MA, and served as Assistant Minister at First Parish in Brookline, MA.

Reverend María Cristina has a son, Erick, and lives with her mother, Lily, and two cats, Tobias and Rafiki. She enjoys quilting, photography, gardening, and teaching Spanish through dance and music.