A Benedictine Sister of Erie, Pennsylvania, Joan Chittister is a best-selling author and well-known international lecturer on topics of justice, peace, human rights, women's issues and contemporary spirituality in the church and in society. She presently serves as the co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a partner organization of the United Nations, facilitating a worldwide network of women peace builders, especially in the Middle East. Chittister has won 14 CPA awards for her books. Her most recent include Between the Dark and the Daylight (Random House), Two Dogs and a Parrot (Blue Bridge, 2015) and In God’s Holy Light (Franciscan Media, 2015). A biography, Joan Chittister: Her journey from certainty to faith, by NCR’s Tom Roberts, was released in 2015 by Orbis Books. Chittister is the founder and executive director of Benetvision, a resource center for contemporary spirituality in Erie.
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About prayers and principles, and the politicians we elect
It is easy to dismiss Donald Trump as either a politician or a democratic leader. What can't be so quickly dismissed is the fact that, however weak the character he brought to the position, he was elected.
Will religious life rise again — and should it?
The question this column purports to answer is a clear one: Will religious life rise again? Yes? But is it sensible in this day and age to even think of such a thing?
Love is the essence of religious community life
The trouble with today's world is that it acts as if there were only one kind of love. And so, we are inclined to overlook the other two. Whether we know it or not, that can leave a lot of life very empty.
What the US needs most right now, what we lack, is community
Joan Chittister: The sense of "community" in the U.S. is broken in two. How can a nation, an institution, a people, a family function well without the sense of community that carries us through dark and dangerous times?
Me? Be a sister? You're not serious.
What are we seeking? Old orders or new? Or not at all?
Happy are those who are willing to be persecuted themselves for justice
'Purity of heart' beatitude is at the core of what we need in this country
Happy are peacemakers who wake up the rest of us
Blessed are the merciful — for our sakes
Happy are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness — for they shall boil over
Blessed are those who mourn now — and do something to make it better
The choice between happiness and reward: Blessed are the poor in spirit
Blessed are the meek — saving the tradition
The Beatitudes revisited: a template of the good life
Masks, vaccines and rights in the land of freedom and liberty
There's a revolution needed. Join it.
Liz Cheney challenges us: With whom shall we stand?
Synods will make the difference
COVID-19 and Holy Week stretch us again, for the better
Space, time, change, reflection: Lent as it should be