Sister Simone Reflects on the Faithful March

  • submit to reddit

Sister Simone Campbell at Capitol Hill

Sister Simone Campbell and other religious leaders on pilgrimage to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2013.

Earlier this week, Sister Simone Campbell and over 70 other religious leaders of all faiths, federal contract workers on furlough and other people of faith made a pilgrimage to Capitol Hill to petition Congress to end the shutdown.

Last night in New York City, Sister Simone was honored at the 2013 Four Freedoms Awards. The annual awards go to those who “exemplify FDR’s vision of democracy as outlined in his famous January 6, 1941 address.”

We caught up with Sister Simone before the ceremony to ask her to reflect on Tuesday’s march. She had this to say:

It was fabulous. It was amazing. We knew we had to do something as a community of faith to shake the House of Reprepsentatives up, because they’re being hijacked by an extremist minority. We [were] getting calls at the office saying ‘where’s the bus’ ‘do something.’

Last week we had a conference call with some of our colleagues and decided we have to do something. I came up with this idea of the pilgrimage because I was thinking we have to go to the offices of the moderate Republicans and that if we had a pilgrimage we could do it in prayer. It wouldn’t be about civil disobedience but supporting their courage for the common good. We had this great turn out. We stood in the rotunda singing. One of the rabbis brought a mandolin and he was playing.

It was such a moving experience. I was doing it for the members of Congress, but at the end it renewed my hope that something good could happen — that in this darkness there could be light.

  • submit to reddit

BillMoyers.com encourages conversation and debate around issues, events and ideas related to content on Moyers & Company and the BillMoyers.com website.

  • The editorial staff reserves the right to take down comments it deems inappropriate.
  • Profanity, personal attacks, hate speech, off-topic posts, advertisements and spam will not be tolerated.
  • Do not intentionally make false or misleading statements, impersonate someone else, break the law, or condone or encourage unlawful activity.

If your comments consistently or intentionally make this community a less civil and enjoyable place to be, you and your comments will be excluded from it.

We need your help with this. If you feel a post is not in line with the comment policy, please flag it so that we can take a look. Comments and questions about our policy are welcome. Please send an email to info@moyersmedia.com

Find out more about BillMoyers.com's privacy policy and terms of service.

  • Anonymous

    A wonderful idea. Encouragement is what was needed to stand against the fear and hate and darkness.

  • Anonymous

    Now perhaps she can use her public prayer demonstrations to get her own denomination to support birth control and choice on abortion, among other things.
    What are her political views by the way–did anybody ask?

  • Anonymous

    The sister’s wonderful–get that folks? By the way, what does she stand for?
    Is she a nun on the run, or is she here for the duration? Did anybody ask her anything in particular about her agenda?