Jim (James) E. Winkler is the General Secretary of the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society, the international public policy and social justice agency of the United Methodist Church. In April 2007 he stated,
- "...to seek justice is part of witnessing on behalf of Jesus Christ."
Winkler is the Chief Executive of the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society, leading a staff of 22 seeking to implement the Church’s Social Principles through education, witness, and advocacy on a national and global level.
Winkler is a board member of the Churches for the Middle East Peace.
He is a member of the Justice and Advocacy Commission of the National Council of Churches of the United States of America.
Call for Impeachment of Pres. Bush
In May 2006, Winkler called for Congress to impeach President Bush "to advance the kingdom of God", stating that "there was nothing Christian" in President Bush's response to the 9/11 attacks.
The Methodist church's official Social Principles declare, "War is incompatible with the teachings and example of Christ," and reject war "as an instrument of national foreign policy."
Campaign for a National Health Plan
Africa Action involvement
Winkler speaks widely across the United Methodist Church and has led delegations to the Middle East, Iraq, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Germany seeking peaceful solutions to global conflict. He has preached and led workshops and training events in Russia, Nigeria, and the Philippines, and is a frequent spokesperson for the justice work of The United Methodist Church to the national and international media.
- from the General Secretary's Address (April 2007)
- GBCS website: Jim Winkler biography