Sister Simone Campbell ― Making A Joyful Noise For The 100%

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Photo Credit: Religious News Service

Photo Credit: Religious News Service

“May you hear what you need.”

Sister Simone Campbell is a tireless champion for democracy as she advocates for the wellbeing of all citizens in public policy. Her work promoting the welfare of the poor, both nationally and internationally, earned her the “Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award” and "Defender of Democracy Award," among others. Sister Simone’s path has led to some big surprises for a nun like being a guest on 60 Minutes, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, and the O’Reilly Factor.

Campbell’s service to those on the margins of society began with 18 years as the founder and lead attorney for the Oakland Community Law Center, followed by leadership roles including general director of the Sisters of Social Service and executive director of Jericho interfaith advocacy group.

A Roman Catholic nun, Sister Simone came into the spotlight as executive director of the NETWORK social justice lobby after authoring the famous “nuns’ letter” that supported healthcare reform at a time when the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops did not. Her leadership was critically important in passing the historic Affordable Care Act, for which President Obama invited her to the signing ceremony. 

With disarming humor and a rebellious twinkle in her eyes, Sister Simone has become a woman of remarkable influence. Known for her Nuns On The Bus tours inspiring citizen engagement and hope, Sister Simone bridges divides by giving voice to a vision that serves “the 100%.” In this interview, she offers new insight into the restorative leadership practice of valuing and empowering community.

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Engage Democracy For Collective Wellbeing

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.


NETWORK is a Catholic leader in the global movement for justice and peace that educates, organizes and lobbies for economic and social transformation. NETWORK's Nuns on the Bus are on the road again as a response to Pope Francis's radical call to "change our politics, not just our policies."


NUNS ON THE BUS is a funny, joyful and poignant feature-length documentary film following Sister Simone Campbell, leader of the historic Nuns On The Bus tour, as she challenges both the Catholic Church and US Government to reclaim their core values. This treacherous and heartwarming journey challenges our notions of religion and politics, the role of government, women and power, our own faith, and our sense of ourselves as a nation.