Charter for Racial Justice

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Deadline Extended to April 30, 2018

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 (link below).

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.  In 1980 the General Conference adopted the Charter.  To live the Charter is to recognize that Racial Justice is:

  • a biblical issue
  • a leadership issue
  • a community issue, and
  • a public policy issue.  

As Chairman of The Charter for Racial Justice Committee, I earnestly encourage you to search your congregation and neighborhood for nominees whose work deserves this recognition.

Becky Warren

Conference President of the Oregon-Idaho Conference United Methodist Women


2018 Charter for Racial Justice Award Nomination Form - Computer Fillable Format


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

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 2017 Recipients:

  1. Katie Kissinger, Gresham UMC, Gresham, OR, for her work developing "Freedom Camp" for children

           Read Katie's story here

  1. 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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