Jeremiah Kalendae

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 an artist, mystic, philosopher, activist, community leader, spiritual counselor, ceremonialist, teacher, and writer.

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 Tanya Edwards, M.D. He has served on multiple boards and in the executive leadership of governmental, political, religious, and educational 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.

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. He also holds an M.S.S.A. in social work with concentration in nonprofit 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.

He is passionate about mysticism, 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.

Jeremiah is a Muslim mystic, Sufi dervish, and member of the Ateş-i Aşk Dargâh Sufi Community of Universalist Muslims. He is also initiated into a yoginī spiritual lineage with a Mother Temple in Puri, India, and has been received into radical Unitarian Universalist, Christian, and indigenous spiritual traditions. 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.