Hamline University invites the public to hear General
Secretary of the Board of Church & Society of the United Methodist Church
Jim Winkler speak at the annual Founders Day celebration.
presentation, “Organized to Beat the Devil,” will focus on an approach to
address inequality and suffering, whether it is caused by natural disaster of
human choices, that is rooted in faith and theology.
Winkler is head of
the agency that makes connections between United Methodist values and their work
in the world. His address will present information on current challenges as well
as inspire and energize toward an ethic of justice. He will reflect on the
issues of justice and social action that face people of faith, the church and
its institutions, and other concerned persons in the world today.
Founders Day lunch and lecture celebration take place on Thursday, February 11
from 11:30am-1pm in the Kay Fredericks Room of the Klas Center, located at 1535
Taylor Avenue on Hamline University’s Saint Paul campus. The event is free and
open to the public, but attendees are asked RSVP to reserve a space in advance
by contacting Linda Gesling at 651-523-2032 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winkler has served as
general secretary of the international public policy and social justice agency
of The United Methodist Church since November of 2000. The board carries out a
wide-ranging ministry of peace and justice throughout the world with offices in
Washington, DC and New York City. He has led delegations to the Middle East, the
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq and Germany seeking peaceful solutions to
global conflict and traveled throughout the world to support the justice work of
the United Methodist in Africa, Asia and Europe.
He is the son,
brother, nephew and great grandson of United Methodist preachers and United
Methodist Women. He studied history at the University of Illinois and George
Founders Day recognizes and celebrates the
values and vision that went into Hamline University's founding by Methodists in
1854. To this day, Hamline remains affiliated with the United Methodist