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Sisters Simone Campbell and Kathy Sherman Co-Host "Gospel of Love" Program at The Well
Nearly 300 people gathered on Sunday, February 10th, 2013, to hear Sister Simone Campbell at The Well Spirituality Center at the Congregation of St. Joseph in LaGrange Park, IL. Sister Kathy Sherman, CSJ, performed original compositions in tandem with Sister Simone’s presentation to highlight issues of social justice. Through story, poetry and music, both Kathy and Simone invited us into an experience of oneness with all who suffer and yearn for love in this world.
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|Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK, and Sister Kathy Sherman, CSJ, musician and composer of |
“Love Cannot Be Silenced”.
|Sister Simone Campbell, (center) receives a blessing from audience members singing “May the Christ Light” by Kathy Sherman, CSJ, with Bridget Sperduto, Director of The Well, (left) and Sister Pat Bergen, CSJ, (right) presiding over the evening.||From left to right, Sisters Anne Davis, CSJ, |
Pat Bergen, CSJ, Kathy Sherman, CSJ, Simone Campbell, Clare Bass, CSJ, Heather Ganz, CSJ, and an unidentified guest.
Sister Simone shared recent experiences of meeting with Vice President Biden on ending gun violence, traveling with “Nuns on the Bus” to highlight national budget concerns, and as a lobbyist on immigration and social justice issues in Washington DC. As Executive Director of NETWORK, a National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, Simone encouraged all present to “engage in some way in the political debate” especially concerning issues of immigration and gun violence.
Simone revealed that the hope that sustains her is rooted in prayer and scripture. She stressed that the most important action humans can undertake is “deep listening in our time” and that the second is “to act on what you hear.” Simone assured the audience that responding to what we are called to act on in prayer may not always be successful and at times may feel foolish, but “it will be clear” if we truly participate in the deep listening.
Kathy Sherman performed several original songs, including ““Walk with Me” a song about ending violence that she dedicated to Hadiya Pendleton, a recent victim of gun violence in Chicago. Her music highlighted the themes of the evening, and engaged the audience in a community of voice.
To view pictures of the event, for information on ordering Sister Kathy’s music, or to learn more about Sister Simone, please visit our website at www.csjthewell.org.