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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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.


Blind to equality yet?

From Where I Stand: The conquest and enslavement of whole peoples is a seedbed of white shame that has lasted for decades, for centuries, and must finally be weeded out now. 


Racism is the temptation white people have yet to overcome

From Where I Stand: We had nothing to do with this racism thing, we say, and we're not going to apologize for something that happened centuries ago. But it's in our DNA. It's what we do. Generation after generation.


Is it news or propaganda, and how do we know?

From Where I Stand: When you break down anything into its smallest parts, like political news, you break off a piece of the civic culture with it. Until eventually, you don't have a culture.