Living into Hope: A Call to Spiritual Action for Such a Time as This

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Stepping out of ourselves, beyond the walls of the church, and into the thick of humanity to create beloved community.
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 fully - not 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 be - to 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.

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Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, a sought-after lecturer, is director of religion at the historic Chautauqua Institution, former executive director of the US office of the World Council of Churches and former general secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. 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 Armstrong's Charter for Compassion initiative. Karen Armstrong is the best-selling author of The Case for God, among other books. A powerful voice for ecumenical understanding, she was instrumental in creating, launching and propagating the Charter for Compassion.

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Ordained in both the Disciples of Christ and American Baptist churches, Campbell's career was forged in the civil rights movement and thrust her upward to be the first woman to govern the National Council of Churches, the first woman to direct the U.S. office of the World Council of Churches, and the first woman to lead the Department of Religion at the ecumenical Chautauqua Institution. In this collection, based on Campbell's best sermons, she secures her status as an American "pulpit prince" in the lineage of great liberal Protestant preachers. But, as this first book reveals, Campbell's life experiences, told in a voice both warm and clear, bear out the courage of her convictions. Her stories report from conflict zones around the world, including Belgrade under NATO attack, Palestine, South Africa, and post-9/11 New York. Drawing on her role in reuniting youthful Cuban refugee Elian Gonzalez with his father and on her friendship with atheist astrophysicist Carl Sagan, Campbell brings fresh insight to gospel parables. Well-suited for study groups, with reflection prompts and prayers in each chapter, Campbell poses the ever contemporary and always controversial question: Who is my neighbor?
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