At this time of year our hearts and minds often turn to the Holy Land, spiritual home to three of the world’s major religions. For those of us who celebrate the birth of Christ, whom we name as the Prince of Peace, we wonder how peace might come to the Middle East. We recognize that the situation is complex and wonder how to make sense of the issues involved. 

Those of us who have not traveled to this ancient region, or for whom it has been many years since a visit, have a marvelous opportunity to hear Jim Winkler, president and general secretary of the National Council of Churches, speak regarding the issues confronting the people of Israel and Palestine.

Recognized worldwide as a man of principle with a deep longing for justice, he has won awards for his work on social justice and peace efforts. Dr. Winkler will be speaking at First United Methodist Church, 324 N. Oak Park Ave., on Jan. 14 at 4 p.m. His topic is both timely and challenging; the session is open to all in our community to share fellowship amid prayers for peace. 

Best wishes for our world and our community for calm and peace in 2018. 

Cynthia Breunlin

Oak Park

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