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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Chittister calls for formal censure of President Trump

From Where I Stand: President Donald Trump's insult of black countries ​touches our integrity as a nation. I believe that if we do not as a people say "Enough!" now, we will regret it for years.


Let the call be heard

From Where I Stand: The question of the day is a simple but potentially life-changing one: Why would anyone even bother to get attached to a Benedictine monastery?

Make America America again

From Where I Stand: There's a pall hanging over the country these days. And it's everywhere. It colors every news article, of course. So, should we just give in?

The nuclear option and the potential loss of democracy

From Where I Stand: The two major political parties' leaders should have refused a move as dangerous to the country's democratic integrity as the "nuclear option." They failed.