Sister Simone Campbell has been the Executive Director of NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobbying group, since 2004; she is an attorney, a poet, and has experience in public policy lobbying for immigration reform, peace-buildng, and economic justice. Indeed, after writing her famous "nuns' letter" during the 2010 congressional debate on healthcare reform and getting 59 Catholic Sisters to give support in favor of the Affordable Care Act, she was thanked by President Obama and invited to attend the ceremony that celebrated the passing of the ACA.
She was also one of the key organizers of the "Nuns on the Bus" tour, a tour across nine states that opposed the "Ryan Budget" that was approved by the House of Representatives. The budget planned to cut welfare programs that would give to people in need, and the bus tour helped garner support of communities, government officials, and the media. Her most recent Nuns on the Bus tour was in May and June of 2013, and focused on immigration reform. For much of her work in politics she has received the "Defender of Democracy Award" from the International Parliamentarians for Global Action and the "Health Care Heroes Award" from Families USA.
Finally, Sister Simone is no stranger to the media, and can be seen on 60 Minutes, The Colbert Report, and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. You can check out her Stephen Colbert interview here: http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/422223/december-13-2012/simone-campbell.
For all of these reasons and more, Theological Horizons is thrilled to host Sister Simone Campbell on Monday, February 10, 2014 at the Bonhoeffer House! She will be speaking and discussing important topics relating to our faith and social action from 3:00-4:30 on February 10, as well as preaching at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Charlottesville on Sunday February 9. Both events are open to the public, and more information will be given in the coming days! We can't wait to see you there.