Pastor Jeanne Loveless

"Wandering in the Woods"

Rev. Linda Jaramillo -- May 15, 2011

Scriptures for today:
1 Peter 2: 19-25, John 10: 1-10, Acts 2: 42-47

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Rev. M. Linda Jaramillo is the Executive Minister of Justice and Witness Ministries, responsible for the church’s work on human rights and social, racial and economic justice. She is also serves on the UCC’s five member Collegium of Officers, the first Hispanic to serve in such a position.

Rev. Jaramillo has a long history of involvement in justice issues, both in the church and in community movements. She was a long time Latina leader in the Portland (Oregon) metropolitan area. She co-facilitated an historic dialog process between African American and Latino communities in that area. She served on many local boards and committees and was elected to three terms on the Forest Grove Board of Education.

Rev. Jaramillo volunteered for the Commission for Racial Justice, the Coordinating Center for Women, Executive Council, and as an assistant moderator of General Synod. She is a former president and vice-president of the Council for Hispanic Ministries, co-convener of the Council of Racial and Ethnic Ministries, and a UCC delegate to the World Council of Churches Assembly in Harare, Zimbabwe.

She earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Portland (Ore.) State University and a Master of Divinity degree from UCC-related Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. Rev. Jaramillo is a regular contributor to UCC’s weekly column, Witness for Justice. Click here to read some of her latest thoughts.