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Introduction to New Series

“How about if we spend some time talking about humility?” writes Tom Roberts, executive editor of NCR in his introduction to a new series by Joan Chittister that will appear on alternating weeks over the next six months. Here is the complete introduction.

Let's Challenge Our Presumptions of Humility, Tradition

How about if we spend some time talking about humility?

How to Save Western Civilization — Again

From Where I Stand 01/16/2019 NCR

Sinking ships are not difficult to identify. You can watch their long, slow, laborious decline as the stern begins to slip away and the bow, the head of the ship, becomes useless. You can see that it is no longer making any kind of real progress into the wind. You know that it has lost control of itself.

Trump destabilizes the presidency and the nation's soul

From Where I Stand, 01.02.2019 NCR

There was a time when Christmas season damped out the noises of the mundane. Not now. Now there is a great deal more static in the United States than any number of celestial choirs can possibly hope to quell.

COP24: It's Not About Resources Anymore; It's About Moral Maturity

From Where I Stand 12/13/2018 NCR

I just came back from the U.N. Conference on Climate Change in Poland. It was a meeting we should all have been able to attend.

For Real Change, We Must Get at Four Roots Deeper Than Church Structures

From Where I Stand 09/20/2018 NCR

In the midst of the angst that has accompanied the revelation of unparalleled amounts of sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church, the cry for reform gets louder by the day.

For where you stand, stand up

From Where I Stand 09/05/2018 NCR

I haven't been writing much about the state of things in the United States these past months. From where I stand, there simply has been almost nothing really good to say. At least not about U.S. politics.

In politics there is little shining data to work with now: Nothing but more name calling of personal enemies for the 19th month in a row.

More bragging about nothing to brag about — like the dissolution of regulations designed to protect the planet of the future from the scars of advancing climate change.

And a little child shall lead them

Young people are leading the way against US gun violence.

From Where I Stand 3/19/2018 NCR

Between 1900 and 2018, there have been at least 146 protest marches and rallies, gatherings of people to express their social and political views, in Washington, D.C. It is a time-honored American way of making sure that the government "hears" the people, their passion and their political aspirations. The First Amendment allows this kind of speech, and the government protects it.

Francis invites change, but we are the change

From Where I Stand, March 10, 2018, NCR
This article appeared in the Francis at Five Years feature series

Let the Call Be Heard

Presented by Joan Chittister to the Fourth World Congress of Benedictine Oblates, Rome, November 4—10, 2017.

The question of the day is a simple one but potentially life-changing one: the question is why would anyone even bother to get attached to a Benedictine monastery?

What is the purpose of doing something like that?

The truth is that both of us—both you and I, I as a vowed monastic, you, as committed oblates—are in the process of discovering again in new and vibrant ways what it means to hold a charism in trust for the church.

Sr. Joan calls for formal censure of President Trump

From Where I Stand, 1/18/2018

Martin Luther King Jr. wrote once, "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." It's the congressional silence in the face of President Donald Trump's unpresidential, international insult of black countries that is bothering me right now.