How the nuns saved Obamacare

Podcast: Sister Simone Campbell, of the Nuns on the Bus, tells an amazing story. Originally posted on December 20, 2013 — The Good Fight with Ben Wikler

In the final days before the bill passed, who saved Obamacare? Catholic nuns. Sister Simone Campbell—one of the most charming, utterly down-to-earth, and profoundly committed people I’ve ever met—explains why. And in the process, she tells her own fascinating story, from an anti-segregation sit-in where, as a teenager, she decided to take her vows, all the way to the present and her delight in the joyous tone set by Pope Francis.   a 32min podcast. Interview starts around 3:10


Should laypeople have a role in choosing their bishops?

US Catholic – January 2014 – Sounding Board – on line survey

 (Editor’s note:  After reading the article linked below from US Catholic, be sure to visit, if you have not already done so).

It’s time for the flock to have their say when it comes to selecting the shepherds of the church.

By Nicholas Cafardi, dean emeritus and professor of law at Duquesne University, is a former chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People.

Ministering to All God’s Families


A series of webinar sessions hosted by National CTA

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For decades Catholics have urged the institutional church to open up opportunities for dialogue on issues related to the well-being of all Catholic families. This year, Pope Francis has called an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization” to take place October 5-19, 2014. 

Learn more about the Sunday sessions and sign up:


“Finding Our Common Humanity” at U-Albany February 3rd

Chris              StedmanChris Stedman

Finding Our Common Humanity: Humanizing Atheists, the Religious and the LGBTQ Community


Campus Center 375

University at Albany, SUNY


                                      Presented by

                                    The Interfaith Center

                                       Free and Open to the Public


Copies of Chris’s BookFaitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious will be available for purchase and signing following the program.


Chris Stedman is the Coordinator of Humanist Life for the Yale Humanist Community. He also currently serves as the Assistant Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University and the Values In Action Coordinator for the Humanist Community at Harvard (where he was previouslythe inaugural Interfaith and Community Service Fellow). Chris is the author of Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious (Beacon Press/Random House), “an intimate and deeply affecting portrait… [that] proves [he is] an activist in the truest  sense and one to watch” (Booklist, Starred Review).


Previously a Content Developer and Adjunct Trainer for Interfaith Youth Core, where he helped shape their ongoing collaboration with the Obama administration, Chris is a prolific author whose work regularly appears in Salon, CNN, MSNBC, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post On Faith, and more. He brings a decade of experience as a community organizer to YHC. As a young adult, he worked for Minnesota’s St. Paul Public School District, helping to coordinate their Gay-Straight Alliances and drop-in center for at risk LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) teenagers. Later, he ran an after school education program for at risk youth on the South Side of Chicago, providing a safe space and resources for youth living in the neighborhood with the highest rate of violent crime in the United States. Since then, he has spent the last six years coordinating and executing programming for college and university students and local Humanist communities.


Chris received an M.A. degree in Religion from MeadvilleLombard Theological School at the University of Chicago (with dual concentrations in Pastoral Care & Counseling and Religion & the Coordinator of Humanist Arts), for which he was awarded the Billings Prize for Most Outstanding Scholastic Achievement. Agraduate of Augsburg College with a summa cum laudeB.A. in Religion, Chris is an official advisor to nontheistic charitable organization Foundation Beyond Belief‘s Challenge the Gap initiative, as well as their new Pathfinders Project program.