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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You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. Really?

From Where I Stand: Honesty, verity, authenticity and factuality are the underpinnings of good, effective government. But facts alone are not its gold standard.


Be you either hot or cold: Jesus' words, not mine

From Where I Stand: Moderation won't do it. What we need now is Christian extremism, the idea that there are some things that cannot be tolerated in life, that there is something we can do to resolve these logjams if we really want to do it.


Disavowal: Some promises should not be forever

Whatever deters us from being true to our deepest truths must one day be disavowed. So what must be disavowed to save the character of the nation in a time when it needs character more than ever? 


It's time for our biases to grow

From Where I Stand: There's not much to be learned from those who agree with us. We just go on our merry way, trashing people at large, attacking both friends and competitors, berating our own best thinkers.