Sandhya Jha is the founder and director of the Oakland Peace Center, a collective of people and organizations committed to creating access, equity and dignity for all in Oakland and the Bay area. She is the author of Room at the Table, Pre-Post-Racial America: Spiritual Stories from the Front Lines and, most recently, Transforming Communities: How People Like You are Healing Their Neighborhoods. She has previously created and hosted the “Hope from the Hood: the Peaceful City Podcast” Sandhya Jha is a faith-rooted organizer, anti-racism/anti-oppression trainer, an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) who is passionate about effecting change in urban policy and fostering interfaith relationships and collaboration. In this episode of RePlacing Church, she joins me to discuss:

  • Why complex issues need multifaceted solutions
  • Ministry leadership and the priesthood of all believers
  • Non-traditional and bivocational ways of ministry
  • The importance of self-care through beloved community
  • Why we should focus on what we are building and not just what we are dismantling
  • The myth of independence and the essential nature of community



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Episode Song Credits: “Another Wrong to Right” and “You Won't Walk Alone” by Mercir. “Closed” by Zadok Wartes. Used with Permission. Production Assistance by Nate Tubbs.