Charter for Racial Justice



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During February, the Oregon Idaho Conference United Methodist Women’s Charter for Racial Justice Committee is once again providing weekly resources to raise your awareness of racial justice issues and to assist you in celebrating National African American History Month.

What is National African American/Black History Month?

It is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans, a tribute to African American men and women who have made significant contributions to America, and a time of remembering significant events in the history of African Americans. The theme for 2021 is “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.”

           What is the Charter for Racial Justice?
The Charter for Racial Justice the can be printed and used as a study on racism.

The Charter for Racial Justice was created and adopted by the Women's Division (now United Methodist Women) of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries in 1978. The Charter was adopted by the whole denomination at the 1980 General Conference.

The Charter for Racial Justice says that “racism is a rejection of the teachings of Jesus Christ” and that “all women and men are made in God’s image and all persons are equally valuable in God’s sight.”  

United Methodist Women have always been deeply committed to the ongoing work of racial justice. United Methodist Women seek to be in right relationship with one another. United Methodist Women work together for the transformation of church and world, following the teaching and example of Jesus Christ.

Racial Justice Timeline

(Click on the link or copy and paste the underlined address into your web browser to see the Racial Justice Timeline.  When you get to the website, you can view the slide presentation or download the booklet.)

The Racial Justice Timeline is an excellent United Methodist Women’s resource that contains important moments of Racial History in the United States and United Methodist Women. This Timeline gives a brief history of the racial injustices of our country over the past 150 years and about some ways that the women of the Methodist tradition that have worked for racial justice.  See if you find these amazing women in the Timeline:  Mai Gray, Theressa Hoover, J. Ernest Wilkins, Carolyn Johnson, Ellen Barett.   United Methodist Women from its beginnings has tried to build a community and social order without racial barriers, as this timeline shows.

Applications for the Charter for Racial Justice Award are now available


The Charter for Racial Justice Committee of the Oregon-Idaho Conference United Methodist Women is seeking nominees for the annual RACIAL JUSTICE AWARD.  


~ Activity that broadly exemplifies the implementation of the Charter for Racial Justice “We Will” Statements listed below. 

~ Nominee may include any member/constituent/organization of the United Methodist Church located within the boundaries of the Oregon-Idaho Conference. 

~ The activity may be a one-time event or on-going, but must have taken place within the last year.


Read more about the award and download the application guidelines HERE.


2020 Recipient of the Charter for Racial Justice Award


Each year the Oregon-Idaho Conference United Methodist Women accepts nominees for the Charter for Racial Justice Award.

Joanne Stewart, member of Gresham United Methodist Church, Gresham, Oregon, is the Recipient of the 2020 Charter for Racial Justice Award. She created an educational program titled “A History of the African American Experience in Oregon” and has presented it in the Gresham community.

Inspired to provide historical information about the discrimination African Americans experienced in the past — and continue to experience today, Joanne became a Board Member of the Oregon Black Pioneers serving on two committees that converted the Oregon Historical Society’s exhibit “Racing to Change” into a traveling exhibit and that presently works to support students through high school to create projects about African Americans in Oregon history.

Joanne’s research starts with the first known African American pioneers in 1788. She consulted the Oregon Historical Society, newspaper articles, and internet searches and developed slides to accompany her educational script. In Gresham Unit’s nomination prepared by Carol Potter wrote: “Her program also includes some of the contributions African Americans have made to Oregon history through their discoveries and inventions, their talents in the arts, and their services as public servants. Joanne also tells some of her own personal stories of discrimination which she hopes put a ‘face’ on discrimination and encourages other women of color to tell their stories!”

Joanne’s presentation educates others about “racist attitudes” and challenges all “to deepen our Christian commitment to BE the church where all racial groups and economic classes come together” (Statement # 2. in the actions advocated in The Charter for Racial Justice). Her presentations also spotlight Statement #4 of actions in The Charter: “Establish workshops and seminars in local churches to study, understand and appreciate the historical and cultural contributions of each race to the church and community.

The Committee on the Charter for Racial Justice Policies heartily applauds Joanne’s contribution to Racial Justice. She is a inspiring example of one who is “Living the Charter.”




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 2019 Recipients:

  1. Cynthia McCleod, Fremont UMC, Portland, Oregon, 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. 
  2. Mary Lynne Ball, a member, Meridian UMC, Meridian, ID introduced Congolese refugees into the church and created opportunities for Congolese women to tell their stories to United Methodist Women and Church Women United

Charter Award 2018 Recipients:

  1. Rev. Linda Tucker,  Medford UMC, Medford, OR for confronting inappropriate and unjust racist behavior
  2. Rev. Adam Briddell, Eugene UMC, Eugene, OR for working tirelessly with community leaders to eradicate the root causes of racism
  3. 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:          

  1. Katie Kissinger, Gresham UMC, Gresham, OR, for her work developing "Freedom Camp" for children (Read Katie's story here)
  2. 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:

  1. Pathways Ministries, Director of Spiritual Formation, Linda Dove, from Tigard United Methodist Church.

Charter Award 2014 Recipients:

  1. Church members and tutor of Jason Lee Memorial UMC, Blackfoot, ID for their work with Lillian Vallely Indian School.
  2. Bonnie Becker, Westside UMC, Beaverton, OR for her work with Hispanic Ministries

Charter Award 2012 Recipients: (click here for photos)

  1. Rockwood United Methodist Church--work with Centro De Milagros Congregation

  2. Rev. June Fothergill--work with Wilder Hispanic Ministry

  3. Rev. Al Trachsel--work with Lower Snake River Hispanic Ministries

Charter Award 2011 Recipients:  (click here for photos)
  1. Eva Johnson and Gloria Marple

  2. Community Dinner Table, Lee Hammett, Jason Lee UMC, Blackfoot, Idaho

  3. Peg Lofsvold and Montavilla UMC 

Charter Award 2010 Recipient:

  1. Mira and Eric Conklin, Cornellius UMC

Charter Award 2009 Recipients:

  1. Sandra and Quenton Kimbrow, Pendleton UMC and Milton Freewater Wesley UMC
  2. Carol L. Potter, Gresham UMC
  3. Ruth Chamberlin and the Afterschool Mentoring Program, Klamath Falls, UMC
  4. Alan and Karen Morris, Christ UMC, Portland
  5. Lorrie Baer, Whitney UMC


United Methodist Women Mission Resources Page with downloadable resources for the Charter for Racial Justice

For an explanation of the Charter for Racial Justice Banner, what it means, what the fabric represents, and where it came from, click here.


Racial Injustices - Compiled at and after the 2008 Conference Annual Meeting in Boise, Idaho

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