M. Linda Jaramillo is executive minister for the United Church of Christ’s Justice and Witness Ministries.
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Voting rights matter
Just a few weeks ago, we marked as a nation the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act, a significant civil rights legislation that has protected voters from discrimination for a half century.
The tragedy of childhood poverty
Pulling ourselves up the by the bootstraps is a myth, because bootstraps in this country are not only weak, they are broken.
We are the American society
Personal honor was a fundamental value in my upbringing. However, honor was not about arrogance or conceit; it was about humility, honesty, and respect for oneself and others. We were to avoid boasting, yet there was no question that we were to be proud of our family heritage and ancestry.
Using religion to discriminate is not new
"One of the privileges of living in the United States is the freedom to speak out and step forth on any variety of issues. The public square in the United States provides the platform for our voices to be heard, whether we agree or disagree on the topic at hand."--Rev. M. Linda Jaramillo