A Pastoral Care Response to Spiritual Colonization in the Chicana Context

Linda Jarmillo and Brenda Vaca
July 31, 2009

This article was originally submitted to Pacific School of Religion as part of Progressive Christian Witness, a 2006 initiative of PSR designed to bring voices of progressive Christianity to churches nationwide. 

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This essay was adapted from a paper written for a pastoral care course at Pacific School of Religion, and is used by permission of the authors.

Copyright © 2006 by Linda Jaramillo and Brenda Vaca

At the time of this article, Rev. M. Linda Jaramillo was executive minister of the United Church of Christ’s Justice and Witness Ministries and has been active in various UCC settings; as a member of the Commission for Racial Justice and the board of the Coordinating Center for Women; as moderator, vice-moderator, treasurer and search committee chair in the Central Pacific Conference; as a member and committee chair of the Executive Council; and as assistant moderator of General Synod. In 2002, she was a UCC delegate to the World Council of Churches Assembly in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1998. She is a former president and vice-president of the Council for Hispanic Ministries and former co-convener of the Council of Racial and Ethnic Ministries.

At the time of this article, Rev. Brenda Vaca was the Associate Pastor for Latino Ministries at Temple United Methodist Church in San Francisco, CA. She has been involved in a variety of projects including: Pace e Bene’s Prison Project at San Quentin State Prison with Latino men, as an organizer for a Latino-led Peace march from Tijuana to San Francisco, and as an active member of the Hispanic Ministries Committee and Hispanic Caucus of the Cal-Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Rev. Brenda Vaca received her Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Biblical Languages degrees from Pacific School of Religion and the Graduate Theological Union in May 2006.