Jeremiah Kalendae serves as the Director of Admissions and Recruitment and as adjunct faculty 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, philosopher, sacred activist, social scientist, nonprofit consultant, writer, and radical spiritual teacher.
Jeremiah recent professional sacred activism includes organizing with the #BlackLivesMatter movement, Occupy SF, and the San Francisco 99% Coalition. As a community leader in San Francisco, he cofounded the LGBTIQ Refugee and Asylee Guardian Group, the Interfaith Food Pantry of San Francisco, and the annual Spirit Babies remembrance service for those who experienced reproductive loss. As a spiritual leader, he directed an array of social justice programs, taught community religious education classes, and provided counsel to individuals and couples. An organizer and activist for over two decades, he has been at the forefront of movements for social change. Many years ago, he became the youngest openly queer person to run for political office in the United States, nearly unseating his hometown city council president and co-leading a successful campaign that narrowly defeated 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. His writing and witness has been published in several periodicals and he has appeared in local and national radio and television.
Jeremiah earned his Master of Divinity degree from Starr King, where he received the Dr. John B. Wolf, Harry Schofield, and McElroy Scholarships and a Killam Fellowship, and he earned his Master of Social Work degree (MSSA) from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, where he was named a Mandel Scholar. While at Starr King, Jeremiah worked extensively in the fields of death, dying, and integrative medicine. In addition to supporting thousands of patients as they learned to live with different abilities or to live with chronic illness or to prepare for death, he co-founded the first Integrative Medicine Spiritual Counseling program at the Cleveland Clinic’s renowned Center for Integrative Medicine with the late Tanya Edwards, M.D. While at the Mandel School, he served in professional field placements as an adjunct college instructor of sociology (social problems and urban studies), and as a Special Assistant to the Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio.
Prior to this professional school field work, he served as an American Red Cross Instructor, teaching Lifeguarding, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid, Emergency Response Management, and swimming and diving for a decade. At the same time, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, in psychology, sociology (minor), and social work (senior scholars program) from Baldwin-Wallace College.
Jeremiah is passionate about mysticism, spirituality, the(a)ology, philosophy, art, ecological justice, global decolonization, animal rights, refugee and aslyee advocacy, anti-racism, ecofeminism, sex worker advocacy, queer liberation, and intersectional, organic, multireligious, counter-oppressive frameworks of building a just, sustainable, and loving society. He frequently teaches, leads sacred ceremony, and organizes 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.