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Faith and Reason Seminar

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB
Posted: Feb 23, 2018

Joan Chittister is one of nine scholars featured in a seminar called “A Prospect of a World Community of Religions,” which is now available for purchase online. The seminar was developed by Faith and Reason, an organization whose mission is “to promote critical thinking about historical and traditional Christianity and its relationship with other religious traditions, and to inspire individuals to recognize the injustices in society and to work for social and economic change.” The seminar draws on presentations made by Sister Joan, as well as scholars like Phyllis Tickle, John Dominic Crossan and Walter Brueggemann..” Click here to purchase the course.

Radical Spirit Named One of the Best Books of 2017

Posted: Feb 13, 2018

"There is no one on the planet who is better qualified or more capable of discerning and sharing the multiple meanings of the Rule of St. Benedict," Spirituality and Practice wrote of Joan Chittister, in its review of her latest book, Radical Spirit. Last week, Spirituality and Practice declared Radical Spirit one of the 50 Best Spiritual Books of 2017, along with titles by Anne Lamott, the Dalai Lama, and Rami Shapiro. Click here for the full review, and here for the list of all fifty Best Spiritual Books of 2017.

Radical Spirit is available for purchase here.

Cuba Cruise

Sister Joan in Cuba
Posted: Feb 9, 2018

“Cuba is a country of mixed races—where race is not the problem. But the US trade embargo is,” Sister Joan wrote about her recent cruise through Cuba, Feb. 2—9. Though she gave a series of lectures during the cruise, there was plenty of time to visit the beautiful country itself. Here she rests by a statue of Chopin.

Three Articles

Gift of Years by Joan Chittister
Posted: Feb 9, 2018

Joan Chittister’s writings were highlighted in three recent articles:

•In Texas, a columnist in the Austin American-Statesman newspaper wrote about Sister Joan’s book, The Gift of Years. Click here.

•In the Oklahoman News Ok, a columnist used Sister Joan’s advice to help navigate mid-life turbulence. Click here.

•In the online Global Sisters Report, Margaret Gonsalves, a member of Sisters for Christian Community, quotes Joan Chittister concerning the demise of religious life in an article titled, “Life consecrated, not religious.” Click here.

Women on Fire

Radical Spirit:12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life by Joan Chittister
Posted: Feb 1, 2018

Joan Chittister was chosen by Women on Fire, an organization that provides inspiration, support, and strategies for women from all walks of life, to launch its 2018 program. Included in the program was an hour-long podcast interview with Sister Joan on Radical Spirit: How to Find Peace and Happiness in the New Year, the choice of Radical Spirit as the January 2018 Women on Fire Book To Live By, and the sending of a packet to all its members containing a printed copy of the interview. The group’s founder, Debbie Phillips, explained why she wanted Sister Joan on the program: “More than 15 years ago, my best friend, Jan Allen, and I attended a business and spirituality conference in New York City. That was back when the idea that we were a whole person when we went to work and not just one focused only on work was somewhat of a revelation. ‘Business’ and ‘spirituality’ were not often found in the same sentence. The speaker of many on the stage that day who dazzled us was Sister Joan Chittister. In fact, 15 years later, Sister Joan is the only speaker I even remember because she so profoundly opened our hearts and challenged our minds. She invited us into a deeper and broader conversation to expand humanity. She truly was and is a Woman on Fire.” For more information about Women on Fire, click here.

Facetime Guest

Odyssey Leadership Academy
Posted: Feb 1, 2018

“It was fun to be back in high school again…a great hour,” said former secondary school teacher Joan Chittister after participating in a FaceTime call with students at Odyssey Leadership Academy in Oklahoma City, OK. The feeling was mutual according to Amanda Kingston, the chair of the English Department, who organized the experience and wrote, “I cannot begin to thank you enough for taking time today to engage with our class. At lunch afterward, I think I heard nearly every student telling other students and mentors in the school about our FaceTime call and what you shared with us. Truly, they gained so much wisdom and insight!” To learn more about Odyssey Leadership Academy, click here.

On Stage

Joan, The Play author, Teri Bays (right)
Posted: Jan 29, 2018

Beth Jordan, left, recently hosted the one-woman play, Joan Chittister: Her Story, My Story, Our Story by Teri Bays, right, at the Glacier Center, Universalist Unitarian Church, Santa Rosa, CA. The play will be performed next in Sedona, AZ, Feb. 11, St. Andrew Episcopal Church. Click here for a review of the performance and here for the play’s website.

Most Read in NCR

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB
Posted: Jan 29, 2018

The National Catholic Reporter compiled reader time and responses to its online publication and reported: “Reflections on Pope Francis and President Donald Trump kept readers scrolling down the page last year. Visitors to NCRonline.org spent almost the entire year reading Joan Chittister's top political commentaries—a total of 353 days. Fr. Gregory Greiten wrote the year's breakaway opinion piece, in which he comes out as a celibate gay man. Readers spent 65 weeks reading his perspective.”

Best of 2017

Joan Chittister participating in a live interview.
Posted: Jan 29, 2018

Ashton Gustafson recently listed his conversation with Joan Chittister as one of The Best 2017 Podcast Interviews. In case you missed the July 2017 podcast, you can hear it now. Gustafson’s weekly podcast, formerly called "Let the Music Play," “serves as a platform for thought leaders and visionaries from across the country to share their wisdom and insights on making the world a better place.” In 2018, Gustafson changed the name of his podcast series to “Good/ True/ & Beautiful” with Ashton Gustafson.

New on NCR: Chittister calls for formal censure of President Trump

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB
Posted: Jan 19, 2018

Joan Chittister’s lastest column for the National Catholic Reporter takes on Donald Trump’s "unpresidential, international insult of black countries.” Click here to read the full piece.