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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Land of the free, home of the self-centered

From Where I Stand: Where other countries have made a distinction between pathological individualism and the common good, we are still burying our dead, closing our schools, straining our hospitals and destroying our economy.


The mortal end of truth: when leadership becomes nothing but lies

From Where I Stand: Since honesty as a prerequisite of character has apparently ceased to be an issue for the electorate at large, have we, as a moral nation, already collapsed? Do we have only lies to live by?


Hobson's choice or a new beginning

From Where I Stand: Accountability, example, equality, adaptation, care and a personal sense of responsibility direct the leader's leadership style. They're not the values taught in business schools maybe. But they make human beings of us all.


Ten commandments for a pandemic moment in American history

From Where I Stand: Two pandemics have struck at once: one physical, one political, but we have managed to braid the two.