Sister Simone Campbell, a provocative and sometimes controversial award-winning religious leader, attorney and poet, will deliver Lakeland College’s Mission House Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 11 a.m.
The free lecture, which will be held in the Bradley Theatre, is open to the public. Her talk is entitled, "The Burning Bush – Faith and Advocacy for the 100%."
Simone has often been featured in the national and international media, including appearances on 60 Minutes, The Colbert Report and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She is also the author of "A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community," published in April 2014 by HarperCollins.
"Because of my faith, I know that I cannot leave anyone out of my care," Campbell said. "It is also true in these challenging times, we are called to engage people who think differently if we are to find a way forward in our democracy. In this talk, we will explore these intersections of faith, the Constitution and the needs of our nation in order to create a community for the common good."
Since 2004, Campbell has served as executive director of NETWORK, a self-proclaimed progressive voice within the Catholic community that has been influencing Congress in favor of peace and justice for more than 40 years.
Campbell lobbies on issues of peace-building, immigration reform, healthcare and economic justice. Around the country, she is a noted speaker and educator on these public policy issues.
During the 2010 congressional debate about healthcare reform, she wrote the famous "nuns’ letter" supporting the reform bill and got 59 leaders of Catholic Sisters to sign on. This action was cited by many as critically important in passing the Affordable Care Act.
In 2012, she was also instrumental in organizing the "Nuns on the Bus" tour of nine states to oppose the "Ryan Budget" approved by the House of Representatives. Campbell argued that the budget would decimate programs meant to help people in need.
"Nuns on the Bus" received an avalanche of attention across the nation from religious communities, elected officials and the media. In 2013, she led a new cross-country Nuns on the Bus trip focused on comprehensive immigration reform.
Simone has received numerous awards, including a "Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award" and the "Defender of Democracy Award" from the international Parliamentarians for Global Action. In addition, she has been the keynote or featured speaker at numerous large gatherings, including the 2012 Democratic National Convention.