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Step beyond the walls of the church and into the thick of humanity.

Joan Brown Campbells career can be regarded as prophetic. For Joan, faith has meant engagement with the world and its pain. Her words remind us that at its best, religion should not narrow our horizons, but enable us to live more fully; should not cause us to withdraw from the world, but to do our utmost to make it a better place.
from the Foreword by Karen Armstrong

Drawing on her amazing life experiences, Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell speaks out on the pressing issues that face us today: love, justice, reconciliation, forgiveness and community. With a bold, distinctive voice, this visionary minister asserts that we have the capacity to transcend the barriers that separate us from one another. She poses that Who is my neighbor? may be the most crucial question in our world where so many are hungry and hurting and weary of war. She calls us to live life fullynot carefully or cautiously, but wholly engaged with the world and with the messiness of humanity. She dares us to act as the people we are called and created to beto claim our freedom to care, to risk and to step out into the unknown.

Capturing the essence of her wisdom gained from years of world travel and experience, Campbell offers inspiration and challenge for all who would claim their lives as people of hope.

Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, former executive director of the U.S. office of the World Council of Churches and former general secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, is director of religion at the historic Chautauqua Institution. She currently serves as chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women and is one of the founding members of the Council of Sages for Karen Armstrongs Charter for Compassion initiative. Dr. Campbell is a highly sought-after lecturer.

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