Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In April 2006, the Executive Council of the United Church of Christ put in place a new discernment process to be used when an Officer of the Church is eligible for re-nomination. Under the old process, used from 2000 to 2005, an open national search was conducted each time an Officer's term neared expiration. Under the new process, in cases where an Officer is eligible for re-election, the governing body responsible for nomination engages in the discernment process described below. You are invited to take part in that process by using this web page.
The Rev. Linda Jaramillo will complete her second term of office as Executive Minister of Justice and Witness Ministries in September 2013. In the fall of 2012, the Justice and Witness Ministries Board of Directors, the body responsible for the Executive Minister nomination, will receive a report from its Ad Hoc Committee Regarding Re-Election. The Justice and Witness Ministries Board must then decide whether to re-nominate Linda to the 2013 General Synod for "call by election" to a second term. The Ad Hoc Committee has sought comments directly, by mail and e-mail, from all persons who have served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Justice and Witness Ministries during the Executive Minister's current term of service, current members of the Cabinet of the Council of Conference Ministers, leaders of all groups with a seat on the Executive Council, ten persons who have served as moderators of Conferences of the United Church of Christ during the Executive Minister's current term of office, a representative cross-section of the staff of Justice and Witness Ministries, and the other four members of the Collegium of Officers. Linda will also be interviewed by the Committee.
The Ad Hoc Committee is working rapidly toward bringing a recommendation to the Fall 2012 meeting of the Justice and Witness Ministries Board of Directors. The deadline for comments via this web page is September 30, 2012.
In addition, anyone may use this web page to comment on Linda's work and leadership. If you would like to do so, please fill in the fields below, type your comment, and click on the "Submit" button. Your comment will go by e-mail directly to Kiley Todd-Roska, who is chairing the Ad-Hoc Committee Regarding Re-Election. The Committee includes (Ms. Kiely Todd-Roska, Forest Lake, Minnesota; Ms. Alice Harper-Jones, Chicago, Illinois; Mr. DeSorrow Golden, Arlington, Texas; Mr. Geoffrey Brace, Allentown, Pennsylvania; Ms. Dee Lundberg, Casper, Wyoming; Ms. Leslie Penrose, Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Mr. Fredd Ward, Hartford, Connecticut) The Ad Hoc Committee is working rapidly toward bringing a recommendation to the Fall 2012 meeting of the Justice and Witness Ministries Board of Directors, to be held October 25 – 27 in at Franklinton Center at Bricks in Whitakers, North Carolina. The deadline for comments via this web page is September 30, 2012.
Grace and peace,
Rev. Alice Harper-Jones
Chairperson, Justice and Witness Ministries
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M. Linda Jaramillo is executive minister of the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries, responsible for the church's work on human rights and social, racial and economic justice. Jaramillo has been active in various UCC settings; as a member of the Commission for Racial Justice and the board of the Coordinating Center for Women; as a member and moderator of Ainsworth UCC in Portland, Ore.; as moderator, vice-moderator, treasurer and search committee chair in the Central Pacific Conference; as a member and committee chair of the Executive Council; and as assistant moderator of General Synod. In 2002, she was a UCC delegate to the World Council of Churches Assembly in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1998. She is a former president and vice-president of the Council for Hispanic Ministries and former co-convener of the Council of Racial and Ethnic Ministries.
Jaramillo has over 30 years of management experience working with state, county, and federally funded programs in Oregon, including Head Start, migrant services, child welfare, violence prevention, HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, and adult community-based education. She received 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, Calif. Fluent in both English and Spanish, she is the first Hispanic to serve as a member of the Collegium.