A Benedictine Sister of Erie, Pa., 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. Sister Joan 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, October 2015) and In God’s Holy Light (Franciscan Media, September 2015). A biography, Joan Chittister: Her journey from certainty to faith, by NCR’s Tom Roberts, was released fall of 2015 by Orbis. Chittister is the founder and executive director of Benetvision, a resource center for contemporary spirituality in Erie.

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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.

The real electoral problem may lie within us

From Where I Stand: Party politics do not explain how and why our national electorate voted the way it did for the highest office in the land.

A Thanksgiving Day prayer in a riven land

From Where I Stand: We must be thankful for memory -- the memory of the values and ideals this country has bred into us since its inception.