Ecumenical negotiator

At the end of the year Joan Brown Campbell will conclude her nine-year tenure at the helm of the National Council of Churches. But she won't be relinquishing her role as a champion of the ecumenical movement. She will become director of religion at the Chautauqua Institute in New York state, overseeing religious programs and interfaith services. Campbell, who has had excellent relations with the NCC's historically black churches, is expected to help Chautauqua attract a more diverse constituency to its summer programs.

Campbell, who turns 68 this month, says being NCC general secretary is a "24-hour-a-day" commitment. But she clearly has relished the hectic schedule of preaching, lobbying, organizing and traveling. She estimates she has given 400 speeches and sermons—about one a week.

 

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