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Charter for Racial Justice
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Each year the Oregon-Idaho Conference United Methodist Women seeks
nominees for the Charter for Racial Justice Award.
We hope that you will prayerfully consider individuals and/or groups whose
work reflects the spirit of the “We will” statements listed in the Charter’s
nomination form accompanying this letter.
The Charter for Racial Justice was created and adopted in 1978 by the
Women’s Division (now United Methodist Women) of the United Methodist
General Board of Global Ministries. In 1980 the General Conference
adopted the Charter. To live the Charter is to recognize that Racial Justice
• a biblical issue;
• a leadership issue;
• a community issue; and
• a public policy issue.
I serve as the Chairman of the Charter for Racial Justice Committee, and
earnestly encourage you to search your congregation and neighborhood for
nominees whose work deserves this recognition.
More information and application form HERE.
Deadline for 2019 nominations is May 1, 2019.
Conference President of the Oregon-Idaho Conference
United Methodist Women
2019 Recipients of the Charter for Racial Justice Award
Each year the Oregon-Idaho Conference United Methodist Women awards the Charter for Racial Justice Award. The two recipients in 2019 were Cynthia McCleod (Portland, Oregon) for her advocacy for racial equity for 30 years and Mary Lynne Ball (Eagle, Idaho) for her work with Congolese refugees.
Cynthia McCleod, a member of Fremont United Methodist Church, Portland, Oregon, is a semi-retired educator who worked in the Portland Public Schools as a teacher, principal, and administrator until “retiring” in 2011. During her retirement she started classes on Courageous Conversations to help white people have conversations about race, and to awaken people to the issues of institutional racism and white privilege.
Mary Lynne Ball, a member of Meridian United Methodist Church, Meridian, Idaho, has introduced Congolese refugees into the church and the children into Sunday School. She created opportunities for Congolese women to tell their stories to United Methodist Women and Church Women United. Mary Lynne is known by the children as their American Grandmother. She helps these families secure food and clothing, and she has convinced churches to establish refugee funds for emergencies.
Both Cynthia and Mary Lynne live the Charter by their recognition that racial justice is a biblical, leadership, community, and public policy issue.
2018 Charter for Racial Justice Awards
Three recipients recently received the 2018 Charter for Racial Justice Award from United Methodist Women, Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference. Two were presented at Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference in June, and the third later. “To live the Charter is to recognize that Racial Justice is a biblical, leadership, community, and public policy issue.”
One recipient was the Rev. Linda Tucker, Medford UMC, Medford, OR. Rev. Tucker has confronted inappropriate and unjust racist behavior and acted as a witness to the belief that all children, “no matter what their race,” are loved by God.
A second recipient was the Rev. Adam Briddell from First UMC, Eugene, OR. Rev. Briddell works tirelessly with community leaders to eradicate the root causes of racism - including racism that results in homelessness and violence against women. He is involved in the Sanctuary movement, encourages the church community to participate in local marches, and through his work with the congregation’s Covenant Council, and support groups and in his sermons, to quote the letter of nomination, “leads us in how to use our feet and our voices to bring about a safer, more just world for all.”
On Sunday, July 29, at Wilshire United Methodist Church Native American Fellowship, Trish Jordan received the third Charter for Racial Justice Award. Eighteen years ago Trish Jordan began her work in religious services with the Oregon Department of Corrections and saw the need to advocate for Native American women who are entangled within the criminal justice system. Discerning the need for non-profit advocacy, she brought the organization, Red Lodge Transition Services, into a 501(c)(3) status in 2007. Trish currently serves as the Executive Director.
Red Lodge Transition Services (RLTS) provides “authentic cultural programming” in 11 out of 14 Oregon State prisons and one jail, serving over 800 individuals -- women and men -- each year. One aspect of it is the prison art program where Native American artists are featured on calendars, cards, and prints.
In 2017 Red Lodge Transition Center for Women opened in Oregon City. Through a holistic, Native-led grass roots curriculum that promotes “wholesome values, and responsible earth practices,” women examine issues including identity and values, survival skills, financial management, healthy relationships, goal setting, and healthy eating/cooking.
Upon receiving the award, Trish Jordan expressed gratitude for the support Wilshire UMC-Native American Fellowship has demonstrated over the years with its clothes closet for women leaving prison; for United Methodist Women and their District-wide backpack/luggage drive filled with clothes and necessities and provided to women leaving prison; and to United Methodist Women Oregon-Idaho who provided RLTS with its first grant -- $500.
Featured in the photograph: Roz Collins, Program Advisory Group; Trish Jordan, Award Recipient;
and Becky Warren, Conference President, United Methodist Women
The Charter for Racial Justice was created and adopted by Women's Division (now United Methodist Women) in 1952. In 1980 women successfully petitioned adoption of a revised and expanded charter by the whole denomination. The General Conference of the United Methodist Church has revised and readopted it every eight years since, most recently in 2016. It is an urgent call for study and action. (The complete Charter for Racial Justice can be read at https://s3.amazonaws.com/umw/pdfs/RacialJusticeCharter_ENG_D101.pdf)
To raise awareness of the Charter for Racial Justice, Oregon-Idaho United Methodist Women give a Charter for Racial Justice award each year to honor a person, congregation, or group that exhibits the principles of the Charter.
Read more about the Charter for Racial Justice here
Our Oregon-Idaho Charter for Racial Justice Award Recipients:
Charter Award 2018 Recipients:
- Rev. Linda Tucker, Medford UMC, Medford, OR for confronting inappropriate and unjust racist behavior
- Rev. Adam Briddell, Eugene UMC, Eugene, OR for working tirelessly with community leaders to eradicate the root causes of racism
- Trish Jordan of Wilshire UMC Native American Fellowship for her advocacy for Native American women and development of Red Lodge Transition Services
Charter Award 2017 Recipients:
- Katie Kissinger, Gresham UMC, Gresham, OR, for her work developing "Freedom Camp" for children (Read Katie's story here)
- Yuni Rueda, Wilder United Methodist, and a student at Western Oregon State University for her ongoing advocacy for Hispanic immigrants. (Read Yuni's story here
Charter Award 2015 Recipient:
- Pathways Ministries, Director of Spiritual Formation, Linda Dove, from Tigard United Methodist Church.
Charter Award 2014 Recipients:
- Church members and tutor of Jason Lee Memorial UMC, Blackfoot, ID for their work with Lillian Vallely Indian School.
- Bonnie Becker, Westside UMC, Beaverton, OR for her work with Hispanic Ministries
Charter Award 2012 Recipients: (click here for photos)
Rockwood United Methodist Church--work with Centro De Milagros Congregation
Rev. June Fothergill--work with Wilder Hispanic Ministry
Rev. Al Trachsel--work with Lower Snake River Hispanic Ministries
Charter Award 2011 Recipients: (click here for photos)
Eva Johnson and Gloria Marple
Community Dinner Table, Lee Hammett, Jason Lee UMC, Blackfoot, Idaho
Peg Lofsvold and Montavilla UMC
Charter Award 2010 Recipient:
Mira and Eric Conklin, Cornellius UMC
Charter Award 2009 Recipients:
Sandra and Quenton Kimbrow, Pendleton UMC and Milton Freewater Wesley UMC
Carol L. Potter, Gresham UMC
Ruth Chamberlin and the Afterschool Mentoring Program, Klamath Falls, UMC
Alan and Karen Morris, Christ UMC, Portland
Lorrie Baer, Whitney UMC
United Methodist Women Mission Resources Page with downloadable resources for the Charter for Racial Justice
Racial Injustices - Compiled at and after the 2008 Conference Annual Meeting in Boise, Idaho