Rev. Erica Lea-Simka is passionate about justice for all people, especially those who are most marginalized. She is active in interfaith peacebuilding, specializing in Abrahamic partnerships. She is also active in serving the LGBTQ community, supporting anti-racism actions, promoting ecojustice initiatives, resisting Christian Nationalism, and advocating for immigrant rights.
Pastor Erica currently serves as the Southwest Representative for Mennonite Women USA and is an active member of the Mennonite-Jewish Relations Working Group. She recently served Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBTQ Interests as a board member, and currently is a member of the Young Clergy Women International, the Albuquerque Nob Hill+ Clergy Group, and Bernalillo County Friends of the Public Library. She also has a Verified Clear rating from ChurchClarity.org.
She can often be found using the expression, “go team”, because she believes all people are created in God’s image and have something positive to contribute to the community and world.
“‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. ‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.'” -Matthew 5:3-9