Faithful Budget prayer
welcomes 'Nuns on the Bus'
July 5, 2012 – NCC Poverty Initiative Director and former NCC President Rev.
Michael Livingston joined religious leaders on Capitol Hill this week for a
Faithful Budget Prayer Rally to welcome the “Nuns on the Bus” tour.
The prayer rally gathered hundreds of people of faith to express moral outrage
against the U.S. House of Representatives’ decision to prioritize tax breaks
for America's wealthiest citizens while practically ignoring the needs of
people struggling to survive.
The “Nuns on the Bus” are Catholic sisters traveling on a nine-state bus
tour to highlight the immorality of the U.S. House of Representatives
The Sisters boarded the bus in Des Moines, Iowa, on June 17 and made
stops in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania,
Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
This week's rally, held on July 2, marked the conclusion of their trip in
The touring sisters met with multiple congressional offices to advocate for
a faithful budget. They also visited Catholic-sponsored social service
agencies that serve people struggling in a harsh economy.
Sr. Diane Donahue of the Sisters of Social Service, founder of Esperanza in
Los Angeles, was one of many sisters who shared moving testimonies about the
“On our way to visit Rep. Eric Cantor’s office, we met this remarkable
family: Keara Campbell and her parents Tom and Judy," Donahue said.
has cerebral palsy. She’s 32 years old. She has benefitted and grown up, is
supported by, and is supporting all the kinds of programs we’re talking
about that are up for cuts. She lives independently. She has incredible
courage. She has gone ahead and now she works with parents who have children
with autism and helps them understand the complications and challenges of
autism. Here she is in her powermobile wheel chair and is just doing a
remarkable job. But all of the help, the support, the kinds of things that
really make her life possible are on the chopping block. I am not going to
stand here and say ‘the Ryan budget is moral.’ It’s not moral! It is immoral.”
Led by Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, Executive Director of NETWORK National
Catholic Social Justice Lobby, the "Nuns on the Bus” were joined by fellow
Catholic sisters, faith leaders, civil rights leaders, and hundreds of
concerned citizens at the D.C. prayer rally.
Along with Livingston and Donahue, other religious leaders who helped lead
the prayer rally included Sandy Sorenson, Washington Director of Justice and
Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ, Dr. Sayyid Sayeed,
National Director, Islamic Society of North America, and Jim Winkler,
General Secretary, General Board of Church and Society, United Methodist
Rev. Livingston said of the event, “I deeply appreciate the profound witness
the nuns have made to their faith through the ‘Nuns on the Bus’ tour. I only
hope many more people of faith can find the courage and emulate the
creativity of these faithful sisters in the struggle to stand with the most
vulnerable among us.”
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