Karen Armstrong received the TED Prize in 2008, and her wish was to develop a “Charter for Compassion.” The charter was developed online and was launched on Nov. 9, 2009. Since that time, more than 98,000 individuals and organizations have signed it.
The story of the prodigal son is one of the most familiar in the Bible. It is about the work of love and the choice of forgiveness. ”The choice of forgiveness is one of the toughest people have to make, and that makes this parable one of the most difficult,” the Rev. Joan Brown Campbell said.
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“Love is more than a feeling, a notion; it is to do justice, to ‘feed my sheep,’ ” the Rev. Joan Brown Campbell said at Monday’s 9:30 a.m. morning worship service. “To live is to love, and to love is to choose life.”
“It is incandescently clear that our choices are a picture of our life, our spiritual DNA, and no text illuminates that better than the book of Esther,” the Rev. Joan Brown Campbell said at the 10:45 a.m. Sunday morning worship service.
Joan Campbell’s leadership has genuinely changed lives through her unfailing care as a Christian pastor. She is both wise and kind — sometimes not an easy combination.
The 10:45 a.m. Sunday morning worship with the sacrament of Communion is a special worship service in the life of Chautauquans. This was the ninth annual service of this kind, a tradition started by the Rev. Joan Brown Campbell in 2004.
When Barbara Banner brought her husband, Arthur, to Chautauqua for the first time, she revealed to him not only the place of her fondest childhood memories, but also a world of culture in which he could discuss, learn and love just as she had.
The two were in their final years of medical school at the University of Rochester. Barbara, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, and Arthur, from Bronx, N.Y., were brought up in different worlds, but it didn’t take long for Chautauqua to become a place they loved individually and together. Their daughter, Sarah, was married in the Hall of Philosophy by the Rev. Joan Brown Campbell.
“What kind of nation would we really like to be, and how do we get there on our own? I don’t think without God — we won’t get there without God. How can we get there and bring our politicians along with us?” Rev. Oliver “Buzz” Thomas asked at Sunday morning worship.
Thomas will serve Chautauqua as preacher for Week Two. His reading was Isaiah 65:17-25.
“It’s our first great glimpse of the Kingdom,” Thomas said. “Everybody has a house, and a vineyard and a job.”
“We will not be non-denominational; we will be all-denominational.” So declared John Heyl Vincent and Lewis Miller, the founders of Chautauqua, in 1874.
“It is time to embrace world religions,” said the Rev. Joan Brown Campbell, director of Chautauqua’s Department of Religion. “Some say we are late getting at it, but it is an essential journey that Chautauqua needs to be about. It is about peace in the world.”
Campbell’s words were at the heart of the Department of Religion’s interfaith conference, titled “Expanding the Beloved Community through Love and Forgiveness,” held June 11 and 12 at the Athenaeum Hotel. The event was co-sponsored by the Fetzer Institute of Kalamazoo, Mich.