Joan Brown Campbell

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The Rev. Joan Brown Campbell' "is an ordained minister and a leader in the ecumenical interfaith movement. She is currently director of the Department of Religion at the historic Chautauqua Institution in New York. The Rev. Dr. Campbell served for a decade as the general secretary to the National Council of Churches, USA. She was the first woman to be named executive director of the U.S. office of the World Council of Churches. She worked with Martin Luther King and brought him to her own congregation in Cleveland; she served as a key election monitor in the election of Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa; she negotiated with President Clinton and Fidel Castro to arrange the return of Elian Gonzales to his father. She has led peace missions to the Middle East and worked with the Rev. Jesse Jackson to free American servicemen held captive in Serbia. She was previously a member of the U.S. State Department's advisory committee on Religious Freedom Abroad, and continues her commitment to peace as chair of the Global Women's Peace Initiative. She is particularly dedicated to women's rights and their physical security, and to enhancing the role of women in civil discourse and civil society." [1] Full CV

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  1. National Religious Partnership for the Environment Board, organizational web page, accessed August 29, 2012.
  2. Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy Foundation, Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy Foundation, accessed July 23, 2007.
  3. Meet Our Board, The Interfaith Alliance, accessed August 10, 2007.
  4. Leadership, World Council of Religious Leaders, accessed August 26, 2008.

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