I was fortunate enough to attend the Emory Summit of Religion, Conflict, and Peace building in 2007. I attended with the focus of seeing the Dalai Lama speak in person, but was blown away by Sister Joan Chittister. So, I thought I might continue to spread my love for Sister Joan Chittister on today’s musings…
Just a bit of background info from the Emory website:
Sister Joan Chittister, OSB, is an author of thirty books, an international lecturer, and writer of “From Where I Stand,” a weekly column for the National Catholic Reporter. In addition, she is the executive director of Benetvision: Research and Resource Center for Contemporary Spirituality. A member of the International Committee for the Peace Council, she is a well-known activist in the areas of women in church and society, human rights, peace and justice, and contemporary religious life and spirituality. She is co-chair of the Women’s Global Peace Initiative. A member and past prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, she is past president of the Conference of American Benedictine Prioresses and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.
Check out more books by Sister Joan Chittister:
The Monastery of the Heart: An Invitation to a Meaningful Life
Following the Path: The Search for a Life of Passion, Purpose, and Joy
The Friendship of Women: The Hidden Tradition of the Bible
From the website, continued:
The first Emory Summit on Religion, Conflict, and Peace building examined whether the religions of the world can work together to reduce violent conflict and build peaceful, pluralistic societies. As we witness an escalation of global violence invoking religion, this question is more challenging than ever.
This conference featured one religious leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in conversation with religious leaders from the Hindu, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faith traditions.
How are these communities making peace differently, and how are they developing new models from their own peacemaking experiences—whether it be in Khartoum, Jerusalem, London, or Delhi? And how are people addressing this issue “on the ground” in cities and in neighborhoods? What are the best local peacemaking practices in places affected by religious violence? Can religion also be a source of community renewal and a force to promote the common good in such areas?
If you care to listen to other speakers, see the 2007 visit of His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama.