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 began serving in this position in 2005, and in June was re-elected by the General Synod of the United Church of Christ to a second four year term. 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.
Jaramillo was an active volunteer in various UCC settings including the Commission for Racial Justice, the Coordinating Center for Women, Executive Council, and as 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
Jaramillo’s professional experience is closely tied to her commitment to justice and peace. As a manager in programs such as violence prevention, HIV/AIDS community investment, Migrant Head Start, and civil rights in child welfare, she was always guided by the core values of equity and self-determination. 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 our weekly column, Witness for Justice. Click here to read some of her latest thoughts.