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Kenan Center to Present Internationally Renowned Faith Leader, Sister Joan Chittister
Kenan Center to Present Internationally Renowned Faith Leader, Sister Joan Chittister

The Kenan Center and First Presbyterian Church of Lockport will present SIster Joan Chittister, one of the most influential religious and social leaders of our time, on Saturday, December 2, 3:00 p.m. at the church located at 21 Church Street, Lockport. Doors open at 1:45 p.m. Free will donation accepted. The theme of Sister Joan's talk will be "Radical Christian Life." A book signing will follow with copies of her books, including her most recent, "Radical Spirit: Twelve Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life," available for purchase.

For 40 years, Sister Joan has passionately advocated on behalf of peace, human rights, women’s issues, and church renewal. A much sought-after speaker, counselor, and clear voice that bridges across all religions, she is also a best-selling author of more than 50 books, hundreds of articles, an online column for the National Catholic Reporter, and a blog for the Huffington Post..

She has received numerous writing awards and honors for her work, and is a noted international lecturer as well as a former fellow at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge University, England. She has appeared on “Meet the Press” with Tim Russert, “60 Minutes,” “CBS News,” “NOW” with Bill Moyers numerous BBC and NPR programs including “Weekend Edition Sunday” with Liane Hansen and “On Being” with Krista Tippett. In 2015 she was the featured guest of Oprah Winfrey on “Super Soul Sunday.” She is one of the most popular and requested speakers at the iconic Chautauqua Institution in southwestern New York State.

In 2014 the Annual Joan Chittister Lecture Series was inaugurated at Mercyhurst University, Erie, PA, in conjunction with the dedication of the The Helen Boyle Memorial Archive in Honor of Joan D. Chittister.

Joan Chittister currently serves as co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a partner organization of the UN, facilitating a worldwide network of women peace builders, particularly in Israel and Palestine. She was an adviser for the ground-breaking report, “A Woman’s Nation,” led by Maria Shriver (2009) and was a member of the TED prize-sponsored “Council of Sages,” an interfaith group that developed a Charter for Compassion (2009) being promulgated worldwide with all faith organizations.

Joan Chittister is a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, PA. She is executive director of Benetvision, a resource and re-search center for contemporary spirituality and the founder and animator of Monasteries of the Heart, a web-based movement sharing Benedictine spirituality with contemporary seekers.For more information, go to www.joanchittister.org

Generous funding for this event is provided by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.


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