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Rescheduled date: Sister Joan Chittister to speak in Lockport Dec. 2


Tue, Nov 21st 2017 12:05 pm
The Kenan Center and First Presbyterian Church of Lockport will present Sister Joan Chittister, O.S.B., Saturday, Dec. 2 - rescheduled from the original date of Sept. 23. The special engagement celebrates the Kenan's Center's 50th anniversary and honors the founders of the center who were members of the First Presbyterian Church. The event is free to the public and will take place at 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 21 Church St., Lockport. Doors will open at 1:45 p.m. Parking is available in the lot directly behind the church. A book-signing will follow. Seating will be first-come, first-served.
The theme of the program will be "Radical Christian Life," drawing from Sister Joan's most recent book, "Radical Spirit: Twelve Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life."
For 40 years, Chittister has passionately advocated on behalf of peace, human rights, women's issues and church renewal. A much sought-after speaker, counselor and voice who bridges across 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.
Chittister has appeared on "Meet the Press" with Tim Russert, "60 Minutes," "CBS News," "NOW" with Bill Moyers, and 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."
In 2014, the annual Joan Chittister Lecture Series was inaugurated at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, in conjunction with the dedication of the The Helen Boyle Memorial Archive in Honor of Joan D. Chittister.
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 groundbreaking 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.
She is a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie; executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research 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 additional information, visit www.joanchittister.org.
The Kenan Speaker Series is jointly hosted by the Kenan Center and First Presbyterian Church of Lockport, with funding from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. For information on this event and other Kenan Center programs, go to kenancenter.org.

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