Lauren Bush Lauren, Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, and Rep. Tammy Duckworth Honored for Multifaith Lives of Commitment

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Auburn Seminary recognizes leaders healing the world; honorees to lead panel discussion on need for moral economy.

WHAT: Auburn Theological Seminary is honoring Lauren Bush Lauren, CEO and Co-Founder, FEED Projects; Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, Executive Director of NETWORK, a National Catholic Social Justice Lobby in Washington, D.C. and leader of NETWORK’S “Nuns on the bus” tours, and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, U.S. Representative for Illinois’ 8th Congressional District for their ongoing pursuits of social justice that cross boundaries and unite faiths.

Auburn will also honor three young members of its Face to Face | Faith to Faith program, which has brought together hundreds of Christian, Jewish and Muslim teenagers from Northern Ireland, the Middle East, South Africa and the U.S. to develop a new generation of leaders able to negotiate a multifaith global society.

Following the awards ceremony, honorees will lead a provocative panel discussion, “Building a Moral Economy with Resources for All.” During the conversation, the honorees will discuss the need to protect human dignity and to bring strength to the vulnerable among us. Given the ongoing national debates about immigration, the federal budget and deficit and even food assistance for the poor, this promises to be a timely conversation. The Rev. Dr. Welton Gaddy, host of the weekly nationally broadcast radio show State of Belief, will moderate.    

WHEN and WHERE: 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., May 1 at Cipriani 42nd Street, 110 E. 42nd Street, New York.

WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: This year, women and young leaders shaped the public discourse on pivotal social issues like equality and gender issues, a moral economy and ending hunger and poverty, and propelled justice-minded candidates to victory. The important multifaith work of women and young people is critical to advancing social justice, but these leaders are seldom recognized for their work, particularly women. The Lives of Commitment ceremony is on opportunity to underscore the incredible work happening across faiths and the world.


Lauren Bush Lauren is the CEO and Co-Founder of FEED Projects, a charitable company with a mission to create good products that help feed the world. Sales of FEED products support the UN World Food Programme and UNICEF and have provided nearly 60 million school meals to children worldwide. Lauren has visited many countries to learn firsthand about the realities of poverty and hunger, which inspired her to design the initial FEED bag in 2005.

Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, a Sister of Social Service, is Executive Director of NETWORK, a National Catholic Social Justice Lobby in Washington, D.C. and leader of NETWORK’S “Nuns on the bus” tours. She is a religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. Last year, she led the “Nuns on the Bus” tour to highlight the work Catholic Sisters do to meet the needs of people at the economic margins.

Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth is an Iraq War Veteran and the first Asian-American woman elected to Congress from Illinois. She was awarded a Purple Heart for combat injuries sustained during Operation Iraqi Freedom. As Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and as Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs she implemented many first-in-the-nation programs, including those combating post-traumatic stress disorder among vets and addressing the unique challenges facing female veterans.

Salem Abdelrhman was a participant in the Face to Face | Faith to Faith Jerusalem program in 2004. He enjoys exploring how music crosses boundaries and helps people think about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a new way.

Miki Joelson co-facilitated the Face to Face | Faith to Faith Jerusalem program in 2011 and 2012. She takes pride in combining the study of her Jewish heritage with contemporary Israeli-Palestinian dialogue.

Alexander Posner was a participant in the Face to Face | Faith to Faith program in 2012. He has also teamed with “Magicians Without Borders” to bring entertainment to hospitalized veterans.

AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS: Auburn Seminary President the Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson and Sister Simone Campbell, SSS are available for interviews. Please contact Erin White, erin(at)caminopr(dot)com or 212.255.2575, for scheduling.


“It is an honor to take part in Auburn Seminary’s 17th Annual Lives of Commitment Awards Benefit Breakfast. Auburn seminary has played a vital role in bringing people of all faiths together to achieve social justice. I admire and support how Auburn equips leaders with the tools and resources they need to bridge religious divides and strengthen our communities.” — Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth

“My experience is that the Holy Spirit is alive and well and making mischief! It is this surprising Spirit that stirred up the opportunity for Nuns on the Bus! I am honored, humbled and grateful that the living God is so alive in these challenging times and that we can respond with our part to God’s call to do justice.” — Sister Simone Campbell, SSS

"Auburn does amazing work to unite people from all faiths to take action in social justice campaigns. Auburn’s work represents the best of what religion teaches us to do. For my part, I was motivated to start FEED after seeing the realities of hunger and poverty that so many live in around the world. It is unacceptable to me that some do not have even the most basic human necessities — food and clean water — and I have seen many religious groups around the world unite around helping with this very important issue." — Lauren Bush Lauren

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