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During Rev. Jennie Ott's sabbatical, Rev. Linda Jaramillo is filling in as spiritual leader at Lake Oswego United Church of Christ.

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Rev. Linda Jaramillo will serve as sabbatical pastor at Lake Oswego United Church of Christ, filling in while Rev. Jennie Ott is on sabbatical through early August.

Lake Oswego United Church of Christ has announced that Rev. Linda Jaramillo will serve as Sabbatical Pastor during the sabbatical of Rev. Jennie Ott.

Jaramillo's primary responsibilities will be leading worship, administration, and helping the sabbatical team implement their goals around "Creating Green Spaces" which include creativity, arts and building community within and beyond the congregation. The sabbatical team hopes to "draw from Linda's deep experience with justice and community involvement to help us make our progressive voice known more boldly in the community," stated a release from the church.

A leader in justice and mission, Jaramillo served for 10 years as executive minister for Justice and Witness Ministries in the National Headquarters of the United Church of Christ in Cleveland, Ohio, where she oversaw the church's work on human rights, racial, environmental and economic and gender justice in the nation and around the world. She led a team that developed Justice Leaders Engaging and Development (Justice LED), as a resource for advocates weaving their faith with prophetic witness and action. She played a key role in a church-wide assessment of youth and young adult ministries and in the production of the Sacred Conversation on Race Toolkit. A consistent emphasis of Jaramillo's leadership was that of coordinating justice work with local churches, conferences, and the national setting.

Jaramillo was active as a layperson in various settings of the United Church of Christ, including assistant moderator of the General Synod, 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. She's a member of Ainsworth UCC in northeast Portland and has served a variety of leadership roles in the Central Pacific Conference.

Jaramillo earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Portland State University and a Masters of Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion. She was ordained to Christian Ministry by the Central Pacific Conference in 2005.

Ott is expected back in August.

Lake Oswego United Church of Christ is located at 1111 Country Club Road in Lake Oswego. To learn about service times and more call 503-635-4348.

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