Elder Adelia Sandoval is the Spiritual Overseer (Púul) and Cultural Director for the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians/Acjachemen Nation, the indigenous people of Orange County, California – USA. Adelia shares her Acjachemen Culture through art, writing, storytelling, and singing. She is a Ceremonial Leader Song Keeper, Wisdom Holder, Tribal teacher, and healer. She is an ordained minister.
She created a ministry called Song of the Earth, A Native American healing service held in outdoor sanctuaries. In November of 2019, Adelia was ordained as a Catholic Deacon in the Old Catholic Tradition and serves at St. Matthew Ecumenical Catholic Communion in Orange, California.
Adelia is an advisor to various interfaith and environmental groups. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of One Global Family Foundation, the Councils of Interfaith & Indigenous Women-Youth, and the Sacred Activism: One Global Family’s Call To Action group, which are affiliates of Unity and Diversity World Council. Adelia has been a Trustee on the Global Council of the United Religions Initiative, which is a Global Interfaith organization that “promotes peace, justice, and healing for the Earth and all living beings.”
She is also a member of Women of Spirit and Faith. She contributed to their book, “Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership, Where Grace Meets Power.”