The Rev. Cody J. Sanders, Ph.D.

Cody Pastor, Old Cambridge Baptist Church
American Baptist Chaplain. Harvard University 
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At OCBC, Cody engages in a shared ministry with the staff and congregation, providing ministerial leadership in the areas of preaching and worship, pastoral care, Christian education and social justice enablement, organizational development, and community outreach. Cody and the congregation were drawn together by a mutually shared commitment to concerns of peace and justice, putting faith into action to cultivate redemptive communities that listen to and learn from people on the margins, and standing in solidarity with the most vulnerable against oppression, injustice, and violence.

In his capacity as American Baptist Chaplain to Harvard University, Cody works alongside 30+ multi-faith and secular chaplains to cultivate the religious, spiritual, and ethical life of the University, and serves the spiritual needs of American Baptist students on campus. 

Cody earned the Ph.D. in pastoral theology and pastoral counseling from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. His dissertation was titled, “Re-Visioning the Care of Souls: The Praxis of Pastoral Care in the Context of LGBTQ Suicide.” He earned the M.Div. from the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia, the M.S. in community counseling from Mercer, and the B.A. in religious studies and psychology from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.  

Cody's books include,  

He has authored theological journal articles addressing the intersection of sexuality, justice, and Christian faith in journals such as Theology & Sexuality and Pastoral Psychology, as well as social science journals such as The Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling. His numerous public theological articles appear in The Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, Believe Out Loud, and Baptist News Global.

Previous Artists-in-Residence and Seminary Interns

Linda J. Chase - 2016 Composer-in-Residence

lindaComposer and improvising flutist Linda J. Chase has been writing music for Old Cambridge Baptist church for over 20 years. During this time she has been honored to join composer/pianist Douglas T. Koch for his Epiphany Jazz Mass and other improvisational collaborations. Winning the Kaji Aso Composition Competition in 2007 instigated her incorporating poetry and spoken word into many of her pieces. In 2008 she composed a concert length piece based on Rumi poetry. In 2011 Ms. Chase received a fellowship from the Japan Foundation to explore the relationship between sound and silence in Japan but she ended up composing music based on Japanese poetry and reflections of her time during the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. In 2012 Linda spent a month as Artist in Residence at the Grand Canyon National Park where she composed pieces inspired by the beauty, reverence and conservation of the canyon. That year she also collaborated in concert with poet Jane Hirshfield for a performance of music and poetry. Linda is a Professor of music at Berklee College of Music, and leads the Interdisciplinary Connections Ensemble at New England Conservatory. Other courses of her design include: Music, Spirit & Transformation, Music Collaborations in the Arts, and Eco-Musicology. She is in process of writing a book on inter-arts collaboration called, Painting Music, Dancing Poems. Currently she is pursuing a PhD in Sustainability through Music Education focusing on Contemplative Eco-Aesthetics and holds degrees from Evergreen State College, Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory of Music. Ms. Chase is the founder and director of her own collaborative new music group Wild Garden Chamber Ensemble, which seeks to transcend traditional boundaries of composition, improvisation, poetry and visual expression. She has written for many chamber combinations, choir, spoken word, jazz songs and has recorded 6 CDs of original music. She also leads contemplative music and nature retreats.

The major composition she undertakes at OCBC in 2016 is titled, "Disturbance of the Spirit!" Most hymns and sacred pieces do not depict the Spirit as something to disturb us or shake us up. The music is, instead, usually very calm. This composition seeks to embody the idea of the Spirit's potential to disturb us and shake us from our calm.

The texts Linda is engaging thus far are from the books of Jeremiah, Psalms, Proverbs with the possible addition of Revelation and Acts. There will be two "hymns" imbedded in the composition that will be sung by the OCBC choir and the congregation. Later, those melodies will be able to be extracted and sung alone - with just piano or organ accompaniment - as congregational hymns. The extended piece that Linda is writing that precedes, surrounds and follows these "hymns" will be written for voices, strings, winds, and percussion along with choir and congregation. The piece will premier at OCBC in late fall. Linda is engaging in theological conversation about the composition with theologian and OCBC member, Harvey Cox, Jr.

Josh Gregory - 2016/2017 Seminary Intern

Josh GregoryBorn and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Josh majored in religious studies and minored in both hermeneutics and poetry at Swarthmore College where he graduated in 2015 with High Honors before enrolling at Harvard Divinity School as an M.Div candidate. Having rediscovered his Baptist roots at Old Cambridge Baptist Church, Josh works to cultivate a ministry that, like OCBC itself, attests not only to the vibrancy and plurality of the Baptist tradition but, through creativity and collaboration, can disrupt the expectations of conventional Christian worship.