In the Pulpit
Sunday, June 4
Rev. Sandhya Jha
We are thrilled to have Rev. Sandhya Jha back to our pulpit to kick off Pride Month on Sunday, June 4! Sandhya will also be leading It's in the Bag, after worship in Marion Hall. (See below for details.)
Sandhya Jha (they/them) is an anti-oppression consultant who particularly loves helping organizations get Diversity/Equity/Inclusion teams off the ground. They are the founder and former executive director of the Oakland Peace Center, a collective of 40 organizations working to create equity, access, and dignity as the means of creating peace in Oakland and the Bay Area. An ordained pastor with a master’s in public policy, Sandhya is comfortable in the pulpit, on the picket line, or hanging out with friends and friends-to-be over a good cup of tea and a good story. This fall, Sandhya will start a four-year PhD in Social Policy at University of Pennsylvania. Sandhya’s fifth book with Chalice Press, "Rebels, Despots, and Saints," was released earlier this year.
After worship, Sandhya will join us for It's in the Bag, where they will discuss what's behind the recent anti-trans legislation spreading through many states. Sandhya writes, "As anti-LGBTQ and particularly anti-trans legislation is passed in state after state, what can we do to show up well with our trans family? How do we engage this work as faithful Christians? This will be a brief update on what's happening across the country legislatively and what we can do to show up well."
In the Pulpit
Sunday, June 11
Rev. Dr. Monica Joy Cross
We are delighted to welcome Rev. Dr. Monica Joy Cross back to our pulpit for the second Sunday of Pride Month, June 11!
Rev. Dr. Monica Joy Cross serves as Pastor at First Christian Church of Oakland in Oakland, Ca. and Associate Minister at Tapestry Ministries, Disciples of Christ, Christian Church in Berkeley, Ca. Monica is Minister of Women's Ministries in the Northern California-Nevada Region and an Activist with the Poor People's Campaign in Northern California. She is the author of Authenticity and Imagination in the Face of Oppression and Reflections of a Prophet without Honor.