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The Reverend Sharon Delgado is an ordained United Methodist minister and co-founder and Executive Director of Earth Justice Ministries. She is available to preach and to present seminars, workshops, and lectures on peace, justice, eco-justice, and economic globalization. She has had many articles published on these themes. She is author of Shaking the Gates of Hell: Faith-Led Resistance to Corporate Globalization (Fortress Press, 2007).
The Reverend Delgado graduated from California State University in Sacramento in 1988 with a major in Peace/War Studies, a Social Science degree. She received her Master of Divinity Degree in 1991 from Pacific School of Religion and returned in 1995 to complete her Masters of Arts Degree in Religion and Society.
Churches she served as pastor include Newcastle United Methodist Church and First United Methodist Church of Santa Cruz. She was Environmental Justice Coordinator on the California-Nevada Conference Board of Church and Society from 1991 until 1996, then served as Chair of the Board until 1999.
In 2001, shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, Rev. Delgado joined the staff of the Resource Center for Nonviolence in Santa Cruz, where she became a well-known grassroots organizer, combining her work at the Resource Center with her work through Earth Justice Ministries. At the same time, she preached and led workshops, had many articles published, and spoke at conferences around the country.
In June, 2002, she received the Bishop Leontyne Kelly Peace with Justice Award from the California-Nevada Methodist Federation for Social Action.
Other publications include many articles, as well as Hope For the Earth: A Handbook for Christian Environmental Groups, published by the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church in 1994.
Sharon Delgado is married to poet Guarionex Delgado and is a devoted mother and grandmother. She lives in Nevada City, California.
SELECTED ARTICLES · “John’s Letters: Creating Loving Community,” United Methodist Women Program Book 2010, UMC General Board of Global Ministries. · “Food Security, Globalization, and the Church,” Response Magazine, March, 2009 · “Globalization From Below,” The Progressive Christian,” March, 2009. · “Economic Justice: Light in the Darkness,” Response Magazine, January, 2009. · “Simplicity: The Pearl of the Gospel,” Response Magazine, November, 2008. · “Say Welcome: Offering Hospitality to the Sojourner,” Publish Glad Tidings: United Methodist Women Program Book 2008, UMC General Board of Global Ministries. · “The Word of God,” The Progressive Christian, July/August 2008. · “The Wesleyan Quadrilateral: Foundation for a Living Faith,” Response Magazine, February, 2008. · “A Journey of Faith: Toward an Environmental Justice Ministry,” to be published in Response Magazine, February, 2008. · “Linking Toxic Chemicals and Human Health,” Response Magazine, September 2007. · “Called to Be Neighbors and Witnesses: Creating Interfaith Community,” Response Magazine, July-August 2007. · “Seattle to Cancun: Globalization and the WTO,” Christian Social Action Magazine, September, 2003. · Worship Materials for Earth Day 2002, Christian Social Action, March, April, 2002, focused on global climate change. · Sermon on Climate Change for National Council of Churches’ Earth Day 2000 resource. · “News from the Frontlines of the Battle in Seattle,” Christian Social Action, Jan., 2000. · “Timber Wars.” In Christian Social Action Magazine, Jan. and Feb., 1999. · “To Strengthen Today’s Noah’s Ark.” In Christian Social Action Magazine, Feb., 1998. · Toxins Threaten Nation’s Health.” In Response Magazine, Oct., 1997. · “Rio Plus Five.” In Christian Social Action Magazine, July, 1997. · “Simplicity: Way to Abundant Living.” In Christian Social Action Magazine, Dec. 1996. · “Is There Hope for the Earth?” Christian Social Action Magazine, General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church, July/Aug. 1993.
SELECTED WORKSHOPS, CLASSES, PRESENTATIONS · 1988 to the present: Numerous engagements at churches, conferences, and colleges that involve speaking, preaching, and/or leading workshops linking faith to issues of war and peace, economic and environmental justice, globalization, and nonviolent direct action. · December 28, 2008, Nevada City, CA. “Peace, Salaam, Shalom,” preacher at the Interfaith Service for Peace at St. Canice Catholic Church. · October 24-26, 2008, Reno, NV. “Global Justice and Hope for the Earth” Conference at First United Methodist Church. Rev. Sharon and Guarionex Delgado gave presentations, workshops, worship, poetry, song, and other creative activities. · October 17-19, 2008, Dobbins, CA. . Delgado spoke, led a workshop, and preached at Nevada City United Methodist Church’s annual women’s retreat. · October 4, 2008, San Francisco, CA. Rev. Delgado spoke on “Welcoming the Sojourner” (Immigration) and served communion at the Golden Gate District’s annual United Methodist Women’s gathering at Grace United Methodist Church. · September 26-28, 2008, Santa Cruz, CA. Rev. Delgado led the San Jose First United Methodist Church’s annual women’s retreat at Villa Maria del Mar. · September 6, 2008, Nevada City, CA. Rev. Delgado spoke on “Hope for Change we Can Believe In” at the Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club brunch at Trolley Junction Restaurant. · April 27, 2008, Berkeley, CA. Shaking the Gates of Hell book reading group at Epworth United Methodist Church. · April 20, 2008, Nevada City, CA. “Sacred Planet—Living Water.” Community-wide interfaith event held at the Nevada City United Methodist Church. · April 13, 2008, Berkeley, CA. “The Great Turning,” a sermon at Trinity United Methodist Church. · March 7, 2008, Washington, DC. Christian Peace Witness for Iraq. I preached at the noon worship service at Resurrection Church of the Reformation, which was followed by a procession and nonviolent civil disobedience in the Hart Senate Building. · March 9, 2008, Washington, DC. Book reading/signing at Busboys and Poets, 3 p.m. · Feb. 2, 2008, Nevada City, CA. “Hope in Action: An Antidote to Despair,” keynote speaker at the Annual Deep Ecology Conference. · January 22, 2008, Berkeley, CA. Workshop on Corporate Globalization at the annual Earl Lectures and Pastoral Conference at the First Congregational Church, 10 a.m. · January 22, 2008, Berkeley, CA. Speaker at the Pacific School of Religion alumni luncheon, Wesley Fellowship, 12 noon. · Dec. 12, 2007, Capitola, CA. Book Reading/Signing event sponsored by Capitola Book Café and the Resource Center for Nonviolence. · November 11, 2007, Grass Valley, CA. Forum on corporate globalization and preacher at the morning service at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains. · November 3, 2007, Ft. Worth, Texas. “Seeking Global Justice” at the “Living Faith, Seeking Justice” Conference, sponsored by the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. · Oct. 15, 2007, New York City: “Globalization: The Challenge of Global Community,” a presentation for Primetimers, a UN Seminars Program of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. · Oct. 5-7, 2007, Washington, DC. “The Global Divide and the Impacts of Globalization” at the Economy Conference (part of the Green Festival), Washington Convention Center. · Summer and Fall, 2007: Workshops on globalization at the United Methodist Women’s School of Missions in the California-Nevada Conference, including four 2-hour workshops, a liturgical dance, readings, and video clips. · April 25, 2004: “Hope for the Earth in an Age of Globalization,” speaker at the annual meeting of Methodist Federation for Social Action, Atlanta, GA. · January, 2003: “Resistance and Hope in an Age of Globalization,” Speaker and workshop leader at women’s conference at Amagi Sanso Retreat Center, Japan. · May, 2002. “Caring for God’s Creation,” Speaker and workshop leader at a Conference by that name at UC Davis. · June, 2001. Workshop presenter at International Forum on Globalization Conference, on the topic: “Faith-Based Resistance to Corporate Globalization,” in San Jose, CA. · March, 2001. Keynote speaker on “Globalization’s Effects on Women and Children” at the United Methodist Women’s Annual Legislative Event in Sacramento, California. · October, 2000. Speaker at the California Wilderness Coalition conference on “A Spirituality of the Wild,” Sacramento State University, Sacramento, California. · August, 2000. Keynote speaker on “Human Health and the Environment: A Faith Perspective,” at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Oakland, California. · May, 1999. Presenter and workshop leader at the National Council of Churches Environmental Justice Coordinators’ Training in Chicago. Topic: Justice and Creation. · April, 1997. Presenter and workshop leader at the environmental conference sponsored by the National Council of Churches at Estes Park, Colorado. · November, 1996. Presenter at the Western Jurisdictional leadership training event in San Diego for the General Board of Church and Society on the topic of “Wesleyan Foundations for Social Action.” · October, 1996. Organizer and speaker for a major conference on Christianity and ecology in Santa Cruz. Topic: “God’s Earth, Our Home.” · June, 1996. Presenter at the California-Nevada Annual Conference Session (United Methodist Church. Topic: Population, Consumption, Habitat. · November, 1995. Led a workshop for the California-Pacific Conference in Los Angeles at an environmental justice conference sponsored by their Board of Church and Society. · August, 1995. Led a workshop on eco-feminism at the International United Methodist Clergywomen's Consultation in Atlanta. · July 17-28, 1995. Taught a two-week long graduate level seminary class at the Institute of Theological Studies at the University of Seattle on “Ministry in a Sacred Universe,” during my two-week vacation from the local church. · April, 1995. Taught a seminar on earth stewardship at Garrett Theological Institute during their annual lecture series. · January, 1995. Keynote speaker at the annual dinner of the Methodist Federation for Social Action during the Earl Lectures in Berkeley; the program was on my newly-published Hope for the Earth: A Handbook for Christian Environmental Groups. · June, 1992. Sent by the California-Nevada Conference Board of Church and Society to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro as part of the United Methodist delegation.