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


by: Campbell, Sister Simone
Format: Hardcover

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Product Description 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 faith, family, and fairness. 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 are feeling right now and shows us how we can create real transformation in our communities and in our own hearts through the contemplative life of prayer. Powerful, inspiring stories from the Nuns on the Bus tour and from Sister Simone's own life offer readers a fresh vision for a lived spirituality that is at the heart of today's progressive Christian movements working for change. From Booklist Sister Simone Campbell gained both fame and notoriety on the national and international scenes when she became the spokesperson for NETWORK’s fortieth-anniversary road trip in 2012. With several other nuns, she boarded a bus in support of health and social-justice issues. A practicing attorney for several decades, she provides a compelling report on how the road trip was organized and the intentions that sparked it and kept it energized. Before launching into the political and religious ethics underpinning that event, however, Sister Simone shares her autobiography, introducing readers to the social, spiritual, and intellectual influences that shaped her life’s work. Her religious community was founded on the grounds of improving social justice, and NETWORK’s projects, as well as Sister Simone’s undertakings, draw on a history that is both feminist-positive, respectful of both diversity and tradition, and intended to provide justice for all. An excellent book to join a shelf with Simone Weil’s Waiting for God (1951) and Anita Caspary’s Witness to Integrity (2003). --Francisca Goldsmith Review “If there’s a single phrase to describe Sister Simone, it is ‘compassionate conviction.’ With bravery, with courage, with optimism, she is focused on the common good. She is a champion for the cause of peace and justice. She has the will and the drive to do right.” ( Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi) “I truly believe that the Nuns on the Bus campaign changed the national conversation on our national priorities and our budget. .Let me also congratulate one of my personal “sheroes,” and a clear and compelling voice for social justice: Sister Simone Campbell.” ( Senator Richard “Dick” Durbin) “Who doesn’t love a feisty nun? The Catholicism of Sister Campbell…is the faith of social justice activists like Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton, the church whose pope pleaded for relief of the ‘misery and wretchedness pressing so unjustly on the majority of the working class.’” ( New York Times) “[Campbell] is an unusual combination of hard–hitting political strategist and poetry–writing spiritual figure…Campbell’s style of engagement on the Hill is part Zen master, part political tactician.” ( Washington Post) “Campbell’s advocacy is rooted in her faith, in doing what Jesus says we should do.” ( Chicago Tribune) “Nuns have played many roles in Catholic history, from convent monastics to street activists, but it’s difficult to think of another nun like Sister Simone Campbell. A registered lobbyist and political strategist, she has exercised quiet but important influence in advancing liberal Catholic causes in Washington.” ( Time magazine) “The Nuns on the Bus rolled into South Bend, Ind., on Thursday evening to find the same sort of enthusiastic crowds that often greet Notre Dame teams coming home after big wins on the road.” ( National Catholic Reporter) “And on the fou


Product Code: 9780062273543
ISBN: 006227354X
Publisher: HarperOne
Publication Date: 2014-04-15
Number of Pages: 224 pages
Languages: english
Edition: 1st Edition
Dimension: 5.91 x 0.98 x 9.02 inches
Shipping Weight: 0.65 pounds