Rockford Urban Ministries plans peace dinner

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Speaker Jim Winkler to address Methodist Church’s response to tragedy

Rockford Urban Ministries’ annual peace dinner is set for Friday, Dec. 30, at Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St., downtown Rockford. The dinner is at 6:30 p.m., and the program starts at 7:30 p.m.

Jim Winkler, general secretary of the Board of Church & Society of the United Methodist Church, serves in Washington, D.C., and seeks Christ’s dictates to be peacemakers. Winkler will speak about the church’s response to tragedy (such as Katrina and the war in Iraq), and its commitment to Christ’s message of peacemaking and compassion for the poor. He will also address the church’s response to the Iraq war, how to support the troops, and end the war. The 7:30 p.m. program is free and open to the public.

Winkler grew up in Illinois as a preacher’s kid, his father serving at the Chicago Temple. Winkler attended the University of Illinois and received a bachelor’s degree in African history. Following college, he was sent by the General Board of Global Ministries to work with the Pacific Conference of Churches in the Fiji Islands. Out of his missionary work there, he wrote a short book, Losing Control: Towards an Understanding of Transnational Corporations in the Pacific Islands. On returning to the U.S., he worked briefly on Wall Street before joining the staff of United Methodist Seminars on National and International Affairs.

The public is invited to attend this event. Vegetarian dinners are available upon request. Cost of the dinner is $12. The 7:30 p.m. program is free and open to the public.

To make reservations, call (815) 964-7111. Make your check payable to Rockford Urban Ministries and send to 623 7th St., Rockford, IL 61104.

From the Dec. 21-27, 2005, issue

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