By Rosie Powers
Advocating for social justice while touring the nation on a bus can land you in interesting places. As it turns out, it can even land you in River Forest.
Sister Simone Campbell, one of the women who toured the country as part of the "Nuns on the Bus" group last summer, will speak at Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest on March 10 at 2 p.m. as part of the church's Faith and Perspectives Forum.
Campbell, who has appeared on The Colbert Report and spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, will talk about health care reform as part of the forum, a program to encourage local discussion of national issues.
"The idea is to educate people, give them a chance to think about public policy issues that are controversial," said Gwen Gotsch, communications coordinator at Grace Lutheran and chair of the Faith and Perspectives Committee, "but to think about them from the values of faith and to talk about them in a non-polarized environment."
Gotsch said the church strives to expand the discussion to non-congregation members as well.
"Within our own congregation, on any issue, you can find a wide range of opinion — and we've learned to live together over the last 30 years," Gotsch said. "It's trying to take that beyond just the members of our congregation, inviting community members too."
Gotsch said the forum, which is in its second year, has previously focused on such issues as the economy and immigration reform.
The first session dealing with health care reform was held in November and was largely "educationally-focused."