Church and the Future of America

Church and the Future of America

Sr. Simone Campbell, Leader of Nuns on the Bus, Visits Berkeley on May23
Panel on Church and “Moral and Spiritual Future of America” is open to all

On Thursday, May 23 from 2-4 pm, Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) will present "The Church and the Moral and Spiritual Future of America," a panel discussion with its three 2013 honorary doctorate recipients: Sr. Simone Campbell, Bishop Mark Hollingsworth and Bonnie Anderson. CDSP President Mark Richardson will moderate the panel.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the St. Margaret's Courtyard on the CDSP Campus, 2451 Ridge Rd. in Berkeley. It will also be streamed live over the Internet at

“We encounter our own faith most fully when we are engaged with others who bring to us the gifts of their histories and traditions,” said Richardson. “We are delighted to welcome Sr. Simone Campbell to CDSP and look forward to learning from her extraordinary witness for justice and understanding of the church’s social justice teaching. Together with Bishop Hollingsworth, who is a product of CDSP and a loyal friend of our seminary, and Bonnie Anderson, a champion of lay ministry in the Episcopal Church, I look forward to a lively and fruitful conversation.”

Sr. Simone Campbell is the executive director of NETWORK, a Catholic social justice lobby, an attorney and a poet. Last summer, Campbell led a group of sisters, known as the Nuns on the Bus, on a nine-state trip to call attention to proposed federal financial cuts to programs that serve the poor.

The Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, a 1981 alumnus of CDSP, is the 11th bishop of Ohio. In California, Kentucky and Massachusetts, Bishop Hollingsworth has served a variety of congregations and church organizations including the Cathedral School for Boys in San Francisco. He was founder of Epiphany at Sea, a program taking inner-city middle school students to sea on traditional fishing schooners. He currently serves as trustee of CDSP, the Episcopal Preaching Foundation, the Ocean Classroom Foundation, and Kenyon College.
Bonnie Anderson was the president of the Episcopal Church’s legislative body called the House of Deputies from 2006-2012. She is known in the Episcopal Church as a champion for the ministry of the laity, an advocate for marginalized people, and a skilled community organizer. She has been awarded honorary doctoral degrees from the Episcopal Divinity School and Sewanee, the University of the South. She received honorary Doctor of Canon Law degrees from Seabury Western Theological Seminary and General Theological Seminary.

On Friday, the three will be awarded the Doctorate of Divinity honoris causa at Church Divinity School of the Pacific’s 119th commencement ceremony, which is by invitation only and will be streamed live over the Internet at beginning at 10:30 am Pacific.

Church Divinity School of the Pacific, a seminary of the Episcopal Church and a member of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, educates students in an ecumenical and interreligious context to develop leaders who can proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world through traditional and emerging ministries. Learn more at

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