Priest, Writer, Herb Gardener, Cheesemaker
Sarah Monroe is the priest in charge and cofounder of Chaplains on the Harbor, a parish of over 500 homeless, incarcerated, and poor people in rural Grays Harbor County, Washington State. Sarah grew up on the Harbor, attended Episcopal Divinity School, and planted Chaplains on the Harbor in 2013. Now employing eleven staff members, most of whom are formerly homeless, Chaplains on the Harbor operates a 23 acre farm, hosts six feeding programs a week, runs a community center and low-barrier shelter, does human rights organizing, and offers pastoral care to people on the streets and behind bars. Harbor Roots Farm, their supportive employment program, was started in 2016 to provide living-wage jobs for local people getting off the street, out of jail, graduating from drug treatment, and otherwise stabilizing in their lives. Sarah, and the entire staff, have been deeply involved in the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival since its inception. She is passionate about bringing poor communities together across lines of difference and division.
Sarah has written about her experience working in a majority white, very poor community, and on anti-racism and movement building in that context, and is currently working on her first book about this groundbreaking ministry.
She lives with her wife, two dogs, and two cats on a tiny farm between her favorite forest and favorite river. In her spare time, she grows herbs, makes cheese, and is an avid reader of historical fantasy.
2018-present Co-founder of Harbor Roots Farm, Montesano, WA
2013-present Founder and Priest at Chaplains on the Harbor, Westport and Aberdeen, WA
2014 Ordained Priest in the Episcopal Church
2011-2012 Pastoral Intern at Ecclesia Common Cathedral, Boston
2013 Master of Divinity Episcopal Divinity School
thesis: “Searching for Belonging, Longing for Home: A Liberation Theology for the American Underclass”
2010 Bachelor of Arts Evergreen State College
2020 Fellow, Episcopal Church Foundation
2014 Justice and Advocacy Fellow, The Episcopal Church
2013 Director’s Award, Episcopal Evangelism Society