The Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, who co-authored the international Charter for Compassion and is a keynote speaker for the 2012 Festival of Faiths, will lead worship in the Caldwell Chapel and speak on “Compassion and Congregations” during a luncheon on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 for a festival event at Louisville Seminary.
Campbell, who currently serves as Director of Religion at the Chautauqua Institution, is a featured speaker for this year’s annual festival, Sacred Fire: Light of Compassion, held from Nov. 14-18, 2012 at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. A full listing of festival events may be found here.
Campbell’s participation in this special Festival of Faiths event hosted by Louisville Seminary includes a worship service in the Caldwell Chapel at 11:30 a.m. and a luncheon at Hundley Hall in Gardencourt at 12:30 p.m. Tickets for the luncheon are $15. Reservations may be made online here or by contacting Dana Cormack at (502) 894-2291. A few student scholarships for the luncheon are available. The event is open to the public.
An ordained minister with standing in two Christian denominations, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the American Baptist Church, Campbell has held many posts, including: Associate Executive Director of the Greater Cleveland Council of Churches; Executive Director of the U.S. Office of the World Council of Churches; and General Secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA.
Through her various roles and offices, Rev. Campbell has participated in many historic events. She organized volunteers to work for the election of Carl B. Stokes, 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 also 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.
Campbell 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 and 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.
The Festival of Faiths is an annual event in Louisville, KY that celebrates religious diversity, promotes unity and strengthens the role of religion in society. Each year’s festival brings thousands of people from different faith traditions to discuss issues of importance in their faith and daily life.