Two communities, ONE SHARED CALLING.

For hundreds of years, women religious—“nuns”—have taken a prophetic stance, working together to meet the needs of the times. Rooted in communities of shared spiritual practice, they’ve channeled collective energy and resources to address affordable housing, healthcare, education, immigrant justice, climate resilience, racial justice, and much more. Today, 90 percent of the 50,000 women religious in the United States are over 60.

In the United States, 40% of Millennials choose ‘none of the above’ on the census box for religions. But while the religious landscape changes, the hunger to create lives of meaning, spirituality, solidarity, and social action remains.

Through Nuns & Nones, a younger generation of seekers has found deep resonance with sisters’ work, way of life, and ‘charisms’ - the defining values that shape their call as a community. Based on decades of experience living in self-governing, resource-sharing, women-led, “counter cultural” communities of contemplation and action, sisters have a wealth of wisdom to share with a younger, spiritually diverse generation setting out to serve and heal in a fractured world. Amidst the social and environmental crises of our times, we are hearing a common call to incubate new forms of community rooted in love and committed to justice.

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WHAT WE DO

Our growing team is jumpstarting and supporting local groups, building a national learning network, and piloting place-based experiments in community and spiritual formation, land stewardship, and social action. Rooted in relationship, we build at the speed of trust and with the fierce urgency of now, in pursuit of a more just and loving world.

Join the conversation, find us in your community, follow experiments as they unfold, and help us build the bridges and relationships through which new possibilities can come to life!

WHO WE ARE

Nuns & Nones is an ever-widening constellation of collaborators.

  • Our operational team includes Adam Horowitz, Katie Gordon, Brittany Koteles, Rachel Plattus, Christina Tran, Sarah Jane Bradley, and Alan Webb.

  • Sister collaborators include Sr. Gloria Marie Jones (OP), Sr. Judy Carle (RSM), Sr. Julie Vieira (IHM), Sr. Linda Romey (OSB), and Sr. Barbara Hansen (OP).

  • Key co-conspirators include Wayne Muller, Diana Marin, Milicent Johnson, David Bronstein, and Suzanne Buckley.

  • Our generous partners include the GHR Foundation, Anne Germanacos, Encore.org, How We Gather, and Mercy Center.

When a few Nuns & Nones organizers visited the Dominican Sisters of Peace in Columbus, OH on a roadtrip in the summer of 2018, they were surprised to be met with a video team! Thanks to Sr. Pat Twohill and the team that made this happen!