Interfaith Leader, Civil Rights Pioneer
Common Era 1931 –Present (CE)
Ordained at the age of 50, Rev. Dr. Joan Campbell is a leader of the interfaith movement. Currently, she directs the Department of Religion at the Chautauqua Institute in New York and has been the first woman to hold the position for the Global Health Council, Alliance for Responsible Cuba Politics, The Interfaith Alliance, and the World Council of Religious Leaders. To add to her list of accomplishments, she was a past member of the U.S. State Department advisory committee on Religious Freedom Abroad, a Trustee for the Council for a Parliament of the World Religions, a member of the Fund for Education in South Africa, on the advisory committee for Americans for Humanitarian Trade with Cuba, and is a life member of the NAACP. As chair of the Global Peace Initiative for Women, Rev. Dr. Campbell organized a consultation with various religious leaders and the President of Senegal, Mr. Abdoulaye Wade. Taking part in the clergy procession for the enthronement Archbishop Desmond Tutu for the bishopric of South Africa and bringing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to her congregation, she has also worked with interracial relations. Rev. Dr. Campbell has led peace missions to the Middle East and has met with regional leaders. With Bill Clinton, she negotiated with Cuba the return of Elian Gonzales to his father. Rev. Dr. Campbell leads an exceedingly accomplished life, but the sum of her work can easily be summed up by saying that she has devoted herself to creating bridges between religions, races, and genders.