Jim Winkler Calls for an Emphasis on Social Justice in Our Denomination and in Our Nation

The keynote speaker for the luncheon was Jim Winkler, General Secretary of the UMC’s General Board of Church and Society.  Mr. Winkler called for an emphasis on social justice in our denomination and in our nation.  According to Jim, “…we’re terrific at feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and sheltering the homeless.  But when it comes to calling for a living wage, health care for everyone, and affordable housing—addressing systemic injustice, that is—we fall short not as a denomination, but in most of our local churches. The thing is you see, we don’t like to make people unhappy.  We think justice is not spelled j-u-s-t-i-c-e but j-u-s-t-n-i-c-e.”  Mr. Winkler concluded, “But, if our children and grandchildren will have a decent future it will be because we changed the very direction of the United States to one committed to cooperation, justice, and peace.  I am committed to that struggle and I ask you to join me in it.”

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