Nuns on the Bus

July 15, 2016

I spent Wednesday night with a busload of nuns.

The "Nuns on the Bus" came to Jefferson City on a multi-state trip that will include stops at both the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Over a three-week period, they will make about 40 stops in 13 states.

The theme for the tour is "Mend the Gaps: Reweave the Fabric of Society." The evening in Jefferson City, with more than 100 people present, included good dialogue about important moral and societal issues like immigrants and refugees, public transportation, living wage, affordable housing, healthcare, and voting rights.

Sister Simone Campbell, who leads the "Nuns on the Bus" effort, said the effort is designed to help "envision an alternative future" and "remake the fabric of our society."

"In this political season, things have been a bit difficult," she lamented. "This political time has been all about tearing the fabric of our society. There's been anger, what I would consider hate speech, and division."

"We need to get active in making alternatives happen," she added.

I'm glad they're taking their bus to both conventions as they seek to impact political discussions and policies. Thus far, the Nuns on Bus are struggling to find either major presidential candidate willing to listen. But the job of prophets is to speak truth to power no matter what.

You can see more photos from the evening here.