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  Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell

Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell is an ordained minister with standing in two Christian denominations, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the American Baptist Church. Like many women in her generation, Rev. Campbell was first a wife, mother & community volunteer. At age 50, Rev. Campbell was ordained. She was already a leader in the ecumenical interfaith movement where she gave leadership for over 30 years.

Dr. Campbell is truly a "first woman." In every job she held, she was the first woman to carry that responsibility. She was the first woman to be Associate Executive Director of the Greater Cleveland Council of Churches; the first woman to be Executive Director of the U.S. office of the World Council of Churches; the first ordained woman to be General Secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; and today, she is the first woman Director of Religion at the historic Chautauqua Institution. Her daughter, Jane Campbell, follows in her mother's footsteps as the first woman mayor of Cleveland.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, speaking about Joan Campbell, referred to her as "a woman of courage and compassion." He pointed out that Rev. Campbell was the only woman in the clergy procession of over 200 for his enthronement as Archbishop of South Africa. "Her voice helped to bring an end to the evil of apartheid."

As General Secretary of the National Council of Churches and as Executive Director of the U.S. office of the World Council of Churches, Rev. Campbell participated in some of the great historic events of the last century. She led a delegation to present the Catholic edition of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible to Pope John Paul II. She organized volunteers to work for the election of Carl B. Stokes as the first black mayor of a major American city. She worked with Martin Luther King and brought him to her own congregation, the first white church in Cleveland to receive Dr. King. Dr. Campbell served as an honorary election monitor with President Kaunda of Zambia in the election of Nelson Mandela as the first African president of South Africa, and she negotiated with Fidel Castro and President Clinton the return of Elian Gonzales to his father. Today they live in Cuba.

In addition, she was the co-director with Rev. Jesse Jackson of the mission to Belgrade where, with the help of the Serbian Orthodox church, they successfully negotiated the release of American soldiers held captive. She serves as a member of the board of Rainbow Push. Dr. Campbell traveled with President Clinton to the funeral of Rabin in Israel. She has led peace missions to the Middle East including meetings with the major leaders in the region.

Rev. Campbell is an activist who believes deeply that in a democracy, citizens must act on their conscience. She was quoted as saying during her daughter's race for mayor, "America's brightest and best should run for public office. This is what gives democracy its vibrancy and its dignity."

Today, Dr. Campbell is the Director of the Department of Religion at the Chautauqua Institution, a center for religion, the arts, education and recreation. Her accomplishments and achievements are many and varied, including eleven honorary doctorate degrees. Dr. Campbell is a sought after lecturer and preacher. Her work has been published widely. She holds numerous national and local offices, including: past member of the U.S. State Department advisory committee on Religious Freedom Abroad, Trustee for the Council for a Parliament of the World Religions, the Fund for Education in South Africa, the advisory committee for Americans for Humanitarian Trade with Cuba, life member of the NAACP, Chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women and many others. . . . short bio
Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell is an ordained minister with standing in two Christian denominations, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the American Baptist Church. Like many women in her generation, Rev. Campbell was first a wife, mother & community volunteer. At age 50, Rev. Campbell was ordained. She was already a leader in the ecumenical interfaith movement where she gave leadership for over 30 years . . . full bio

2013
Sunday Morning Service
Library: Ecumenical Sermons
Speaker(s): Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell
Date: 08-18-2013
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Vespers
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Speaker(s): Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell
Date: 08-18-2013
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Mary's Choice
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Speaker(s): Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell
Date: 08-19-2013
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Healer's Choice
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Speaker(s): Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell
Date: 08-20-2013
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Father's Choice
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Speaker(s): Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell
Date: 08-21-2013
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Karen Armstrong's Choice
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Speaker(s): Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell
Date: 08-22-2013
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Chautauqua's Choice
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Speaker(s): Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell
Date: 08-23-2013
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2012
Sunday Morning Service
Library: Ecumenical Sermons
Speaker(s): Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell
Date: 08-26-2012
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2011
What are the Truths that We Hold to Be Self-Evident?
Library: Philosophical Lectures
Speaker(s): Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, Dr. Rex Ellis
Date: 08-26-2011
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Sacred Song Service and 3 Taps of the Gavel
Library: Miscelleneous
Speaker(s): Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, Tom Becker
Date: 08-28-2011
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2010
Dangerous Dreams
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Speaker(s): Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell
Date: 07-18-2010
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2009
Why Cuba? Why Now?
Library: Philosophical Lectures
Speaker(s): Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, Tom Becker
Date: 08-17-2009
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The Case for God
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Date: 08-30-2009
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2008
The Beloved Community
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Speaker(s): Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell
Date: 08-10-2008
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Vespers - Journey of Faith
Library: Philosophical Lectures
Speaker(s): Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell
Date: 08-10-2008
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2006
9:15am Citizen Jesus: Ministry to the World
Library: Ecumenical Sermons
Speaker(s): Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell
Date: 07-13-2006
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9:15am Citizen King: The Cost of Citizenship
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Date: 07-14-2006
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2:00pm Religious Pluralism in America: Healing the Divides
Library: Philosophical Lectures
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Date: 07-31-2006
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2005
Panel Discussion
Library: Current Issues Lectures
Speaker(s): Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, Ori Z. Soltes, Dr. Azim Nanji
Date: 07-14-2005
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What Would Love Do? Part 1
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Speaker(s): Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell
Date: 08-21-2005
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What Would Love Do? Part 2
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Date: 08-22-2005
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What Would Love Do? Part 3
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Date: 08-23-2005
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What Would Love Do? Part 4
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Date: 08-24-2005
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What Would Love Do? Part 5
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Date: 08-25-2005
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What Would Love Do? Part 6
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Date: 08-26-2005
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2004
God's Vision, Our Future
Library: Ecumenical Sermons
Speaker(s): Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell
Date: 06-27-2004
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Love is the Last Word
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Speaker(s): Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell
Date: 06-28-2004
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A Forgiving, Reconciling People
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Date: 06-30-2004
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Freed from Fear, Grounded in Hope
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Speaker(s): Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell
Date: 07-02-2004
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2003
The Women's Global Peace Initiative
Library: Women's Club
Speaker(s): Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell
Date: 06-28-2003
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One Shepherd, One Flock
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Date: 07-18-2003
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Devotional Hour
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Speaker(s): Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell
Date: 07-21-2003
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The Elusive Jesus
Library: Ecumenical Sermons
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Date: 08-24-2003
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2002
An African Experience
Library: Philosophical Lectures
Speaker(s): Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell
Date: 06-26-2002
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The Leap of Faith
Library: Miscelleneous
Speaker(s): Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell
Date: 08-25-2002
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2001
The Eyes of Faith
Library: Ecumenical Sermons
Speaker(s): Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell
Date: 07-22-2001
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Devotional Hour
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Date: 07-23-2001
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Devotional Hour
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Date: 07-27-2001
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An Update on the Abrahamic Initiative
Library: Philosophical Lectures
Speaker(s): Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, Rev. Dr. Ross MacKenzie
Date: 08-17-2001
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2000
Conversations with Elian Gonzales
Library: Miscelleneous
Speaker(s): Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell
Date: 07-01-2000
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So Great a Cloud of Witnesses
Library: Miscelleneous
Speaker(s): Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell
Date: 08-27-2000
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1999
E Pluribus Unum: Out of the Many - One
Library: Ecumenical Sermons
Speaker(s): Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell
Date: 07-04-1999
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Reconciliation: The Glue of the Good Society
Library: Ecumenical Sermons
Speaker(s): Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell
Date: 07-05-1999
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Fight the Good Fight of Faith
Library: Ecumenical Sermons
Speaker(s): Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell
Date: 07-06-1999
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Comes the Moment to Decide
Library: Ecumenical Sermons
Speaker(s): Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell
Date: 07-08-1999
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A House Divided Against Itself
Library: Ecumenical Sermons
Speaker(s): Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell
Date: 07-09-1999
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