Admissions and Recruitment Director
Jeremiah Kalendae serves as the Director of Admissions and Recruitment at Starr King School for the Ministry at the Graduate Theological Union, in Berkeley, California. He is passionate about multireligious, counter-oppressive divinity education, and revolutionary social change. He is a mystic, spiritual teacher, artist, activist, writer, and ceremonialist.
He was instrumental in co-founding the LGBTIQ Refugee and Asylee Guardian Group, the Interfaith Food Pantry of San Francisco, and the Integrative Medicine Spiritual Counseling program at the Cleveland Clinic’s renowned Center for Integrative Medicine with the late Tanya Edwards, M.D. He has served on multiple boards and in the executive leadership of religious, educational, political, and governmental organizations. His recent justice work with Occupy San Francisco and the San Francisco 99% Coalition was widely covered by the media. Over a decade ago, as he was beginning his work in community organizing, he became the youngest openly queer person to run for political office in the United States. At the conclusion of the campaign, he nearly unseated the city council president and played a pivotal role in narrowly defeating a municipal eminent domain initiative that would have forced 2,000 people out of their homes for retail development.
Jeremiah earned his M.Div. degree from Starr King School for the Ministry, where he received the Dr. John B. Wolf and McElroy Scholarships and a Killam Fellowship while interning at All Souls Unitarian Church. He also holds an M.S.S.A. in social work with concentration in management from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, where he was named a Mandel Scholar and elected student body president, and a B.S., magna cum laude, in psychology with a sociology minor from Baldwin-Wallace College. While in professional school, he served in field placements as an adjunct instructor of social problems and urban studies, and as a special assistant to the mayor of Cleveland, Ohio. His extensive clinical training in divinity school and his professional death and dying work allowed him to spiritually care for hundreds of individuals as the threshold of death.
Jeremiah is a radical spiritual leader who practices at the intersection of Abrahamic, Dharmic, and Earth-centered/Indigenous spiritual traditions. He has been received into Yoginī, Christian, Sufi Muslim, and Earth-centered/Indigenous spiritual lineages and practices with Muslim, Hindu, and Pagan communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is passionate about mysticism, spirituality, the(a)ology, philosophy, art, ecological justice, global decolonization, animal rights, refugee and aslyee advocacy, anti-racism, ecofeminism, queer liberation, and intersectional, counter-oppressive frameworks of building a just, sustainable, and loving society. He frequently lectures, leads sacred ceremony, and is sought after as a multireligious spiritual teacher and activist in the San Francisco Bay Area. In his free time, he loves trips to the Ocean Mother, surfing, rock climbing, camping, weight lifting, running, pilgrimages, ashtanga yoga, sacred tattoos and piercings, fashion and drag, and vegan cooking.