A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community

A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community

by Simone Campbell


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Driving for faith, family, and fairness

In the summer of 2012, Sister Simone Campbell and a group of fellow Roman Catholic nuns toured parts of the country to rally support against Congressman Paul Ryan's budget, a plan that cut vital social programs for the hurting poor and the struggling middle class. Prayer groups turned into rallies, and small town meetings became national media events. Sister Simone became a galvanizing force for progressives of all stripes and remains a driving force for programs and policies that support tolerance, equality, and justice.

Rooted in a deep spirituality of compassion and service, Sister Simone gives voice to the hunger, isolation, and fear that so many people in America feel. She shows how we can create real transformation in our communities through the contemplative life of prayer. These powerful, inspiring stories from the Nuns on the Bus tour and from Sister Simone's own life offer a fresh vision for a lived spirituality that is at the heart of today's progressive Christian movements working for change.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062273550
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/07/2015
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 316,048
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Sister Simone Campbell is the executive director of NETWORK, a nonprofit Catholic social justice lobby in Washington, D.C. In 2012, Sister Simone organized NETWORK's Nuns on the Bus campaign that has attracted an avalanche of media attention in the United States and other parts of the world. Sister Simone, who in 1978 became an attorney and founded a community law center that served the legal needs of the working poor, is a long-standing member of the Sisters of Social Service and has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, The O'Reilly Factor, PBS with Bill Moyers, and all of the national radio and TV networks, and spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Table of Contents

Preface: "Come, Holy Spirit" vii

1 California Catholic 1

2 The Quasi Nuns 11

3 Touching the Pain of the World 32

4 Walking Willing: Iraq to Washington 49

5 Health-Care Reform: Divided, Not Conquered 74

6 The Vatican Versus the Nuns 99

7 Road Trip 118

8 Speak, and Fear Not 143

9 Nuns on the Border 160

10 The Road Ahead 179

Poems for the Journey Ahead 185

Acknowledgments 199

Notes 201

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