Church leader coming to Rockford

Church leader coming to Rockford

By Stanley Campbell

Church leader coming to Rockford

All of you remember where you were on September 11. My friend, Jim Winkler, was in Washington, D.C. He works for a church group that lobbies Congress on peace and justice issues. His life is normally busy anyway, what with famines, earthquakes, AIDS and massive tax cuts for the rich. He fights them all. Well, his work load increased after September 11.

He coordinated much of the liberal churches’ response to the September 11th tragedy. Jim will come to Rockford on Thursday, December 27 at 7 p.m. at Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St., downtown, and talk about the tragedy and the churches’ response.

Jim Winkler grew up in the Midwest as a preacher’s kid. He attended the University of Illinois and received a bachelor’s degree in African History. Following college, he was sent by the United Methodist Church to the Fiji Islands. Out of his work there, Winkler wrote a short book entitled Losing Control: Understanding Transnational Corporations in the Pacific Islands.

Upon his return to the United States, Winkler worked for a brief period on Wall Street before joining the staff of United Methodist Seminars on National and International Affairs. He is a family man and a Sunday school teacher in his local church.

Please accept our Christmas gift to the community and attend Rockford Urban Ministries’ annual peace program with Jim Winkler, General Secretary, Board of Church & Society (this board implements the United Methodist Social Principles). The program is free and open to the public.

This is Rockford Urban Ministries’ annual Christmas present to the community. Every December, “RUM” brings noted speakers on peace and justice to the Rockford area. We’re very pleased this year at having such an energetic young prophet who works for the church in our nation’s capital.

Refreshments will be provided. An open discussion will follow, and all are invited.

Here’s hoping we all have a very peaceful and joyous New Year!

Stanley Campbell is executive director of Rockford Urban Minsitries and spokesman for Rockford Peace & Justice.

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