News from the Road

Ann Arbor Town Hall

By Sister Linda Werthman, RSM

September 28, 2014

The town hall meeting in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work was for me the finish of a day of contrast and yet similarity of desire for our democracy.

Sister Mary Ellen Gondeck CSJ has captured our time in Flint, Michigan, with people who are using their creativity and energy to earn a living, feed their families, and contribute to the common good of their community. The concerns I heard from them were employment, security and drugs.

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Reflection on Sunday Morning at the Women’s Center

By Sister Mary Ellen Gondeck, CSJ

September 28, 2014

Flint finds itself in time of great poverty, unemployment and crime. In the center of this reality we visited the St. Luke Women’s Center, the fulfilment of a dream one woman had during a retreat and the urgency of another who was the sponsor for her niece in a Confirmation Preparation program to the need to do something.

It began as an outreach program providing clothing at a soup kitchen. It continued to grow from a one-time “project” to a regular program.

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Town Hall for the 100% - Traverse City Central High School

By Sister Nancy Sylvester, IHM

September 27, 2014

Trees were already changing as we drove north to Traverse City. It was a lovely ride with time to reflect on our earlier breakfast which served over 500 people in need in Muskegon which was a rich experience for us all. Although we were a bit delayed because of road work, the crowd was exuberant as we came off the bus and came into the auditorium.  Over 160 people spent the bulk of this beautiful fall Saturday discussing ways to strengthen democracy.

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First Congregational Church, Muskegon

By Sister Carol Coston, OP

September 27, 2014

At 8:15 am in Muskegon, MI, where the "Nuns on the Bus" and their brightly wrapped bus spent the night, we headed out to our first event of the day, being held at the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ.

When we arrived, there was already a huge line of children, women and men waiting to eat.

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Town Hall in Lansing

By Sister Linda Werthman, RSM

September 26, 2014

Our first event in Lansing, Michigan, was so energizing and inspiring. We listened to people’s hopes, seen:

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A Moving Meeting with Governor Quinn and Workers – ARISE Chicago

By Sister Kris Vorenkamp, SLW

September 25, 2014

What a profound and exceptional experience for me and all of us, I imagined, to share lunch in the break of our NUNS ON THE BUS day in Chicago this way: listening with Gov. Pat Quinn of IL, Simone Campbell, Rev. CJ Hawking of ARISE Chicago, and my fellow sisters to three stories of struggling employees.

We heard stories that "break open your heart,” as Simone says so that we can be opened to their pain and let the Holy Spirit lead our response:

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“Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine”—Rally for the 100%

Rally for the 100% in Chicago - Nuns on the Bus

By Sister Bernadine Karge, OP

September 25, 2014

The sun shone upon the hundred-plus folks gathered for the 2:00 p.m. rally in Union Park on the near southwest side of Chicago, for the last event of this “espresso” day with Nuns on the Bus, September 25, 2014.

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Voter Registration – Reaching the Students

Voter Registration - Nuns on the Bus in Chicago

By Sister Nancy McCarthy, BVM

September 25, 2014

University of Illinois – Chicago  First of all, my reflections are influenced by the fact that I studied on this campus nearly 30 years ago, and the memories that came back along with the GREAT changes that have taken place were astounding. 

I tried to imagine how I'd react if I were approached by a 'Nun-on-the-Bus' and asked if I'd registered to vote! 

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Business Roundtable in Chicago

Chicago Business Roundtable

By Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, and Sister Joellen Sbrissa, CSJ

September 25, 2014

Sister Simone:

From my perspective, the business round table was one of the most interesting and creative discussions I have had about the common good. We met with six successful business leaders (one woman and five men) to talk about their experiences.

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Our Third Day in Minnesota

Breakfast with Sen. Franken

By Sister Kerry O'Reilly, OSB

September 24, 2014

Our third and final day was full and combined what we did in the two previous days. We talked to students about being part of the 100% and the importance of their voice at the table. We also had a Town Hall.

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