Whiteside Forum's finale on April 28 is "Unity Beyond Labels"

Apr. 19—MORRISON, Ill. — The Whiteside Forum will host the Rev. Violet Johnicker for its season finale, at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 28, in the Community Room of the Odell Public Library. Her program will be "Unity Beyond Labels: Building a Respected, Strong Community Together."

Johnicker is the senior pastor at Brooke Road United Methodist Church in Rockford, IL, and the executive director at Rockford Urban Ministries.

Johnicker holds a master of divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary and a master of public policy degree from Adler University with a bachelor's degree in nonprofit management. She has been involved with faith-based policy advocacy and social justice work ever since her undergraduate internship at the General Board of Church and Society, the United Methodist agency devoted to working for policies that live our faith, seek justice, and pursue peace.

Johnicker joined the staff of Rockford Urban Ministries in July 2021 and is part of the community's interfaith work to build love for neighbor into public policies.

The Odell Public Library is located at 307 S. Madison St., Morrison. The presentation is open to everyone free of charge. All are welcome and questions about political polarization, faith, and social justice and the pastor's work are encouraged.

For more information about the Whiteside Forum, this event, or to suggest topics or speakers for future events, please contact Marc Adami by email marcadami53@gmail.com, or text 815-718-5347, or visit Whiteside Forum on Facebook.