One of the most articulate religious leaders of our time explains why she remained part of the church as an agitator for reform women's equality and unity in religion.

Sr. Joan Chittister speaks about the interior life. She says, “The interior life is a walk through darkness with the God within us, who leads us beyond and out of ourselves to become a living vessel of divine life let loose upon the world.”

In this video produced by the Chicago Sunday Evening Club, Sister Joan speaks of hope and says, “The spiritual task of life is to feed hope. Hope is not something to be found outside of us. It lies in the spiritual life we cultivate within.”

Sister Joan reads from her new book, Two Dogs and a Parrot. Don't miss the personal interaction with Joan and her parrot, Lady, that concludes the reading. Order this book here.

In this short, succinct video message, produced by Chicago Sunday Evening Club, Joan Chittister teaches that “contemplation is immersion in the God who created the world for all of us" Using messages from the major religious traditions and models from all ages, Sister Joan makes the vision of justice concrete.

Inter-religious dialogue is a top priority for Joan Chittister as she explains in this brief video recorded for the Charter of Compassion.

What did Maria Shriver and Joan Chittister talk about at the 2nd Annual Joan Chittister Lecture Series that took place in April at Mercyhurst University? Listen in on the conversation.

View Oprah's interview with Joan Chittister on Super Soul Sunday in February 2015, as well as several unaired segments. Order Joan Chittister Essential Writings, discussed by Oprah and Sister Joan, here.

Joan Chittister addresses the question of whether religions of the world can work together to reduce violent conflict and build peaceful, pluralistic societies during the first summit on Religion, Conflict, and Peace-building hosted by Emory University on October 21, 2007.

Joan Chittister talks about new ideas in faith and contemporary science that are challenging the traditional hierarchical view of women's place and role in society. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

Joan Chittister tells about her deep struggle as a young nun to reconcile her dream of studying at America's premier creative writing program to become a fiction writer -- a dream that seemed within her grasp -- only to be told she was to be third cook at a children's summer camp instead. Produced by the Chicago Sunday Evening Club for “30 Good Minutes,” this is Part 1 of a 3-Part Series is based on her award-winning book, Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope.

Joan Chittister asks us to consider the benefits of struggle and darkness in life and how they can develop our soul and redefine our faith. Produced by the Chicago Sunday Evening Club for “30 Good Minutes,” this is Part 2 of a 3-Part Series is based on her award-winning book, Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope.

Joan Chittister points out that struggle can lead to either despair or hope and how the spiritual task of life is to cultivate a hope that “rides on the decision to believe that God stands on this dark road, too, waiting to walk with us toward new light.” Produced by the Chicago Sunday Evening Club for “30 Good Minutes,” this is Part 3 of a 3-Part Series is based on her award-winning book, Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope.