The Reverend Sharon Delgado is an ordained United Methodist minister, activist, and professional speaker who leads seminars and workshops and speaks before spiritual communities and secular audiences on issues related to globalization, climate change, economic and environmental justice, and peacemaking, while pointing in the direction of hope and action. She has had many articles published on these themes and is author of Shaking the Gates of Hell: Faith-Led Resistance to Corporate Globalization. By demonstrating the link between spirituality and social action, Sharon offers hope and inspires action toward personal and social transformation. Her goal is to motivate people to join in the struggle to create a peaceful, just, and environmentally sustainable world.
Sharon is a founder of Earth Justice Ministries, an interfaith organization working for peace, justice, and restoration of the community of life. She is founder and coordinator of the new Climate Justice Action Network, a network of United Methodists and all who want to link faith with action in response to climate change. She has been involved from the beginning with Fossil Free UMC, organizing to pass legislation at General Conference in May, 2016, calling on the United Methodist Church to screen fossil fuels out of their investment portfolios. Sharon helped found and continues to organize locally with the Nevada County Climate Change Coalition. She also works with Occupy Beale, regularly protesting outside the gates of Beale Air Force Base, home of the Global Hawk surveillance drones, which identify targets for weaponized drones.
Sharon lives in Nevada City, California, with her husband, poet Guarionex Delgado, and spends many hours playing with her grandchildren. She is a Salsa dancer.
PREVIOUS PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Sharon Delgado has been advocating for peace, justice, and the environment for over thirty-five years. In 1979 she was a paid organizer for the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign. She has continued on as a speaker, workshop leader, organizer, and teacher on a variety of peace, justice, and environmental issues.
After her ordination in 1991, Sharon was pastor of Newcastle United Methodist Church. From 1993-1999 she was pastor of Santa Cruz First United Methodist Church. Throughout the 1990s she was Environmental Justice Coordinator of the California-Nevada Conference of the United Methodist Church, then Chair of the Conference Board of Church and Society. She presented at many environmental justice conferences for the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society and the National Council of Churches. She wrote educational and worship materials on climate change for both organizations. In 1996 she and her husband Guarionex founded Earth Justice Ministries, and Sharon still serves as its Executive Director. She worked at the Resource Center for Nonviolence from 2001- 2005. In 2002 she was awarded the Bishop Leontyne Kelly Peace with Justice Award from the California-Nevada Methodist Federation for Social Action.
Sharon earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science, with a concentration in Peace/War Studies, from California State University in Sacramento. She earned a Master of Divinity Degree and a Master of Arts Degree in Religion and Society, with a focus on environmental ethics, from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley.
Sharon has engaged in independent study over the years, synthesizing material from many fields, both secular and religious. She regularly attends, teaches, and participates in conferences, workshops, and seminars. She was trained as a Climate Reality Presenter by Al Gore. She has practiced contemplative prayer for over forty years. In 2010 she underwent a 30-week intensive study and practice of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, at Mercy Center in Auburn. She also practices yoga and Tai Chi.
Clergy member of the California-Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Active with the Nevada City United Methodist Church.
Climate Reality Project Presenter, trained by former Vice President Al Gore.
Network of Spiritual Progressives: Member and blogger for Tikkun Daily.
Toastmasters International: Distinguished Toastmaster Award, the highest educational award, November, 2013.
Sharon’s book, Shaking the Gates of Hell: Faith-Led Resistance to Corporate Globalization (Fortress Press, 2007), has been used in university and seminary classes. Other books are in the works.
See an updated list of selected articles here. Some past articles include “Democracy is for People” (Response, May 2012), “Market Fundamentalism,” (Prism, May/June 2012), “The Things that Make for Peace” (Response, July/August, 2011), “Hearing God in the Groans of Creation” (Response, July/Aug. 2009), “Food Security, Globalization, and the Church,” (Response, March 2009), “Globalization From Below,” (The Progressive Christian, March, 2009), “Economic Justice: Light in the Darkness” (Response, Jan. 2009), “Simplicity: The Pearl of the Gospel” (Response, Nov. 2008). She has written programs for the annual United Methodist Women Program Book, including the 2011 program entitled “Healing Mother Earth.”
SELECTED PRESENTATIONS, WORKSHOPS, CLASSES
Sacramento, “The Role of Nonviolent Direct Action in Christian Peacemaking,” (2014), Parkside Community Church, Sacramento.
Grass Valley, CA, “Toxic Trade Agreements, Corporate Globalization, and the Movement for Global Justice,” with Emmanuel Sferios (2013).
Nevada City, CA (March, 2013): “Speaking Peace on Palm/Passion Sunday,” Peace Center gathering with Cindy Sheehan.
St. Louis, MI (2010), Quadrennial Assembly of United Methodist Women: “Caring for Creation” workshops.
Washington, DC (2008): Preacher for Christian Peace Witness for Iraq, followed by nonviolent direct action at the Hart Senate Building.
Berkeley, CA (2008): Workshop on “Corporate Globalization” at the Earl Lectures and Pastoral Conference.
Ft. Worth, TX (2007): Workshop on “Seeking Global Justice” at the United Methodist’s Living Faith, Seeking Justice Conference.
New York City (2007): “Globalization: The Challenge of Global Community,” a presentation for UN Seminars Program, United Methodist Church.
Washington, DC (2007): “The Global Divide and the Impacts of Globalization” at the Green Festival.
Atlanta, GA (2004): “Hope for the Earth in an Age of Globalization,” speaker at Methodist Federation for Social Action.
Japan (2003): “Resistance and Hope in an Age of Globalization,” Speaker and workshop leader at women’s conference at Amagi Sanso Retreat Center.
Oakland, California (2000): Keynote speaker on “Human Health and the Environment: A Faith Perspective,” at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Chicago, IL (1999): Speaker and workshop leader on “Justice and Creation” at the National Council of Churches Environmental Justice Coordinators’ Training.
Los Angeles, CA (1995): Workshop leader on “Environmental Justice” at a United Methodist environmental conference.
Atlanta, GA (1995): Workshop leader on “Eco-feminism” at International United Methodist Clergywomen’s Consultation.
Seattle, WA (1995): Seminar at the Institute of Theological Studies at the University of Seattle on “Ministry in a Sacred Universe.”
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1992): Part of the United Methodist delegation to the Global Forum during the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.