Written by Bennett Guess
A veteran public policy advocate has been named to head the UCC's Washington, D.C., office.
Sandy Sorensen, who has served various capacities during her 17 years with the UCC's national setting, has been named minister and team leader for Justice and Witness Ministries in Washington. The UCC's District of Columbia office is located within the historic Methodist Building, an ecumenical office situated just behind the U.S. Capitol and next door to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Sorensen most recently served as JWM's acting minister for communications, dividing her time between Cleveland and Washington.
"Sandy has solid and diverse advocacy and organizing experience which is based in her faithful understanding of justice," said the Rev. Linda Jaramillo, JWM's executive minister. "She has a strong working knowledge of UCC policy issues and has responsibly communicated that policy vision to a wide and varied audience of UCC members and key policy decision makers. She has a keen ability to understand the intersections of issues and develop respectful and valuable partnerships in the UCC and beyond to more effectively address these issues."
Sorensen, who assumes the position today (Oct. 15), received her B.A. in psychology from UCC-related Grinnell College and her M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. She also completed a certificate program in anti-racism and anti-oppression training at the Women's Theological Center of the Episcopal Divinity School in Boston.
“Sandy’s extensive education, training, and experience have prepared her well for this key responsibility in Justice and Witness Ministries serving the whole church,” said Jaramillo in an email announcement. “However, more importantly, Sandy’s faith in God and Jesus’ teachings is evidenced in her daily life and work.”