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Posted: Feb 27, 2020

Be inspired by Joan Chittister. Follow Monasteries of the Heart on Instagram, at  https://www.instagram.com/monasteriesoftheheart/ for regular inspiration, challenge and insight from Joan Chittister. Use #joanchittister when you share Sister Joan's wisdom to make it easier for others to find it. 

Save the Date

Posted: Feb 27, 2020

Joan Chittister will participate in a web-based panel conversation in honor of International Women's Day sponsored by the Carter Center on Thursday, March 5 from noon to 1 p.m.  The topic discussed will be "Religion, Gender, Justice, & Equality: Faith Leaders Reflect on the Promise of the Equal Rights Amendment. "

Sister Joan will join two other eminent faith leaders, Rev. Dr. Serene Jones (President of Union Theological Seminary, member of the board of the ERA coalition) and Rev. Traci C. West (Associate Professor of Ethics and African American Studies at Drew University Theological School) to discuss the significance of the ERA from the perspective of their scholarship, religious convictions, and experiences in ministry and public life. Allyson Timm, executive director of Justice Revival, will moderate the conversation. 

The link for the live-streamed event will be available next week. On the eve of International Women’s Day, join us for this vital conversation on women’s rights. The event will also be recorded and available on the Carter Center website after the event.   https://www.cartercenter.org/

Library Journal Deems "Time Is Now" A Must Read

Posted: Jan 30, 2020

In its December 2019 print issue, the Library Journal listed The Time Is Now by Joan Chittister as one of its “Essential Titles of 2019.” The publication gave it a starred review last spring in its online newsletter. Click here.  

NCR Column on The Misery of Truth

Posted: Jan 16, 2020

"There is one more virtue necessary to the stability of the country. And it may well be the one most lacking in this society today. It is truth. Honesty, verity, authenticity and factuality are the underpinnings of good, effective government. But facts alone are not its gold standard," writes Joan Chittister in her latest National Catholic Reporter column on the virtues needed in today's society. Click here to read the full piece. 

NCR Columns on Disavowal and Extremism

Posted: Jan 14, 2020

NCR COLUMNS:Joan Chittister’s current column series in the National Catholic Reporter, which deals with the unlikely virtues needed for our times, has two new installments: one on disavowal, and one on extremism. Click here to read the piece about promises that should be broken, and here to read about the need to step away from moderation.

Joan Chittister Quoted in Katie Gordon Article

Posted: Dec 10, 2019

Katie Gordon, the 2019 Joan Chittister Intern and soon-to-be Monasteries of the Heart staff member, references Joan Chittister in an article that appeared in the Harvard Divinity Bulletin (Autumn/Winter 2019). “Beyond the Nones” discusses the search of many millennials for contemplation and spirituality that is drawing them to the monastic charism, but not necessarily institutional religions. Katie, a graduate of Harvard Divinity School in 2019, is a national organizer with Nuns & Nones.

NCR Column on Bias

Posted: Dec 9, 2019

The National Catholic Reporter recently published a column by Joan Chittister. “There's not much to be learned from those who agree with us,” she writes. “…Only the bias of openness to every dimension of life, to human needs and human concerns, to human institutions and human participation in them, can possibly enable us to grow in a world such as we now face.” To read the rest of the piece, click here.

Joan Chittister and Mary McAleese in Conversation

Posted: Dec 2, 2019

"The Women the Vatican Couldn't Silence," a conversation between Joan Chittister and former president of Ireland Dr. Mary McAleese, is available in full on YouTube, at this link. The two met for this conversation in early November to mark the occasion of Dr. McAleese winning the prestigious Alfons Auer Ethics Award for her dissertation on children and canon law.

WOC offers video of Joan Chittister and Teresa Forcades

Posted: Dec 2, 2019

If you missed the chance to see Joan Chittister speak with Teresa Forcades at the Women's Ordination Conference event titled, "Radicals and the Rule," you can now rent and view a video of the evening, online through Vimeo. With the rental, which costs $10, you can watch the video any time over a 72-hour period. Your purchase helps support WOC, and gives you the opportunity to listen to these two Benedictine free-thinkers share their ideas about women and the Catholic Church. Click here for more information.

Palm Desert Event

Posted: Nov 21, 2019

Tickets are now available for Joan Chittister’s December 7 lecture at St. Margaret Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, California. If you’re in the area, don’t miss the chance to hear Sister Joan kick off this community’s “year of exploration of a world of justice, freedom, peace, and empowerment.” Click here to get your ticket.