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, innovative scholarship, and revolutionary social change. He is a mystic, artist, sacred activist, community leader, spiritual 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 the late Tanya Edwards, M.D. His recent community justice activist work includes organizing with the Black Lives Matter movement, Occupy San Francisco, and the San Francisco 99% Coalition. Over a decade ago, 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 low and middle-income people out of their homes for high-end retail development.
Jeremiah earned his M.Div. degree from Starr King, where he received the Dr. John B. Wolf, Harry Schofield, and McElroy Scholarships and a Killam Fellowship. He also earned 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 a B.S., magna cum laude, in psychology and sociology (minor) from Baldwin-Wallace College. His writing has been published in the Universalist Herald, the All Souls Journal, and he has appeared in local and national radio and television. While at the Mandel School, he served in professional field placements as an adjunct instructor of social problems and urban studies, and as a special assistant to the mayor of Cleveland, Ohio. He considers his clinical experience caring for thousands of individuals and families suffering from illness or preparing for death to be among the most transformative experiences of his life.
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 teaches, leads sacred ceremony, and is sought after as a multireligious spiritual teacher and sacred 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.