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From Jim: Remembering My Father, Rev. Eugene Winkler

This morning my father, Rev. Eugene Winkler, passed away at the age of 83 due to complications from a fall at his home in Naperville, IL. He was preceded in death by my mother just two months ago. Dad was lonely without her. Mom called him home to be with her. Gene Winkler was a
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Two Overlooked Anniversaries

Two of the overlooked anniversaries in the United States are those of the atomic bomb attacks made by our country against the Empire of Japan on August 6 and 9, 1945. At the time of this writing, these anniversaries have come and gone. As in prior years, I lament that very little reflection on the
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From Jim: Peace in the Korean Peninsula?

(This week the NCC hosted a delegation from the National Council of Churches in Korea.  The delegation came to Washington, DC, to meet with White House, Congressional, and State Department leaders to advocate for a permanent peace treaty between North and South Korea.  Below is the statement by Jim Winkler, given as part of a
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Will It Always Be This Way?

I am shocked and sickened by the violence plaguing U.S. society, including the killings recently of 49 people in Orlando, those of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, and the murders of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge. Numerous others have died violently in our nation during that same time
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“Our Immigrant Fathers”

Father’s Day sermon Delivered at Fairlington United Methodist Church By Jim Winkler June 19, 2016 When I was invited to preach today I was informed the decision was made to choose a theme that is relevant and challenging this year—immigration—and asked to reflect on what our faith says about how we should view and treat
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Jim Winkler’s Address at Claremont School of Theology’s Commencement Exercises

Congratulations to all of today’s graduates! I am grateful to President Kuan, the board of trustees, and the faculty for this great honor. There are many connections between Claremont School of Theology and the National Council of Churches. To name but a few: President Kuan serves on the Interreligious Concerns Convening Table of the NCC.
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From Jim: Cuba and Christian Unity

My schedule has been hectic over the past several weeks ranging from the NCC’s recent Christian Unity Gathering, meetings of our Governing Board and Convening Tables, participation in the 75th anniversary of the Cuban Council of Churches, and the ongoing United Methodist Church General Conference. We have now held three Christian Unity Gatherings and have
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From Jim: My Mom and Memory

Like millions of others, my mother has Alzheimer’s Disease. Her illness has progressed to the point that it is taking a tremendous toll on my father and placing significant pressure on my siblings, especially my sister. Because mom is the center of our family, her slow descent into dementia has altered our family’s dynamics in
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From Jim: Hidden Injustice in the Poultry Industry

I participated this week in an event intended to raise awareness in the faith community of the plight of poultry workers. This is an issue that’s been around for many years, but with the rising consumption of chicken in this nation, poultry workers are being required to worker faster than ever in dangerous conditions. This
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From Jim: To Develop a Culture of Peace

Nearly 15 years ago, I traveled to Pakistan as part of a religious leaders’ peace delegation in the wake of the tragic events of 9/11. Our purpose was to share the news that not all Christians believed the appropriate response to the attacks on the United States was to wage war on other nations. We
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