The Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson: Join us in honoring, and learning from, multifaith leaders for justice
By Katharine R. Henderson
April 22, 2013

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In recent days, many of us have worshipped together to lift up the strength and love that soothes grief and overcomes the fearful hatred that violence is designed to inspire. From Aurora and Oak Creek to Newtown and Boston, along with countless acts of terror not recognized in media headlines, the past year has been marked by unspeakable violence.

Yet courage, faith and a strengthened commitment to justice has emerged, which we are certain will prevail.
 
Auburn’s Lives of Commitment Awards Benefit Breakfast on May 1 is our time to learn from – and be galvanized by – true beacons of our time, who are bringing change and living the shared values of our faiths: to care for those in need, to protect human dignity and to bring strength to the vulnerable among us.
 
Join us at Auburn’s 17th annual Lives of Commitment Breakfast and be inspired! 
 
This year’s exceptional honorees provide attendees a rare opportunity to hear from an extraordinary range of global voices:
 
Lauren Bush Lauren, CEO and co-founder of FEED Products, has provided nearly 60 million meals to school children worldwide and created an environmentally conscious product and business model.
 
Sister Simone Campbell, SSS (Sisters of Social Service), executive director of NETWORK, has led the Nuns on the Bus tour to highlight the work that Catholic Sisters do to meet the needs of people at the economic margins.
 
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), the first disabled woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and the first Asian-American woman elected to Congress from Illinois, is an advocate for veterans and a more just economy.
 
And we’re celebrating the next generation of leaders from our Face to Face | Faith to Faith program. Salem Abdelrhman, Miki Joelson and Alexander Posner represent hundreds of Christian, Jewish and Muslim teens and young adults, who are learning to share their religious traditions and transform our understanding of what it truly means to live in a multifaith world.
 
Each of these bold and resilient honorees has much to teach us in our own quest to build a more just, peaceful society. 
 
Over breakfast, they’ll share the challenges they’ve faced in their work and the hope they have for 2013 and beyond. You’ll also have the opportunity to stay after the event and participate in a provocative panel discussion, “Building a Moral Economy with Resources for All,” moderated by the Rev. Dr. Welton Gaddy, host of the weekly nationally broadcast radio show State of Belief.
 
If you haven’t already signed up to attend this year’s Lives of Commitment Breakfast on May 1, I encourage you to do so here. Also, if you are unable to attend, please consider making a donation to support Auburn’s ongoing work to equip leaders such as our honorees, or to enable a young activist, student or non-profit professional to attend the Breakfast.
 
Amid the fragmented, complex and violent world around us, the Lives of Commitment honorees are shining examples of the hope and vision for a new world that Auburn champions. I am honored – and blessed – to stand with these outstanding individuals on May 1 and recognize them for their efforts on behalf of us all. Please join me in celebrating their work that truly troubles the water and heals the world.  
 
Katharine
 
The Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson
President, Auburn Seminary