Conference to Feature Nationally Known Religious Leader, Best-Selling Author Sister Joan Chittister

Sister Joan Chittister will speak at the 2016 Aging Faithfully Conference, set for July 26 at Augustana University.

Sister Joan Chittister will speak at the 2016 Aging Faithfully Conference, set for July 26 at Augustana University.

When Oprah Winfrey interviewed Sister Joan Chittister, a best-selling author, international speaker, nationally known religious leader, social advocate, and columnist for the National Catholic News, the two discussed everything from new ways of looking at God, to the vital force women represent in the church and in society, to the divinity of merging spirituality and science.

This summer, South Dakotans will have a chance to hear Chittister discuss these ideas and more when the popular religious and social leader speaks at the third annual Aging Faithfully Conference, set for Tuesday, July 26, at the Elmen Center on the campus of Augustana University.

The Aging Faithfully Conference is a partnership of Augustana University, The South Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society and is sponsored by Thrivent Financial.

The event is designed to encourage participants to examine spirituality and well-being in the second half of life.

"Our lives and faith look different in the second chapter of life. There are new opportunities, and many experiences behind us, too," said Bill Kubat, director of mission integration at The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society. "Today, people may find themselves asking, 'What is God’s purpose for me in this stage of life? What does faithfulness look like now? How do I trust Him and have courage as seasons change? How can my faith remain vibrant and strong? How can I help others who find themselves in this stage of life?'"

"Whether you're an older adult, you work or care for an older adult, or you're simply interested in the topic, guests of all faiths are invited to take part in this day of reflection and discussion," Kubat said.

Tickets are $25 through Monday, July 18, and are available at www.augie.edu/aging. Tickets are $35 at the door.

Find more details and register at www.augie.edu/aging.

About Sister Joan Chittister

Joan Chittister is an articulate social analyst and influential religious leader of this age. For more than 35 years she has dedicated herself to advocating for universal recognition of the critical questions impacting the global community. Courageous, passionate and charged with energy, she is a sought-after speaker, commentator, counselor and clear voice across all religions.

A Benedictine Sister of Erie, Pennsylvania, Sister Joan is an international lecturer and award-winning author of over 50 books. She has won 13 Catholic Press Association awards for her books, as well as numerous awards for her work for justice, peace, and equality, especially for women, in church and in society. Her latest book is "Two Dogs and a Parrot: What Our Animal Friends Can Teach us About Life."

A founding member of The Global Peace Initiative of Women, a partner organization of the UN, she works to develop a worldwide network of women peace builders. A regular columnist for the National Catholic Reporter, Sister Joan has received numerous awards and recognition for her work, including the U.S. Catholic magazine award for Furthering the Cause of Women in the Church and 12 honorary degrees from U.S. colleges and universities.

Sister Joan received her master's degree from the University of Notre Dame and her doctorate from Penn State University in Speech Communications Theory. In 1996 she was an invited fellow at St. Edmund's College, Cambridge University and the Von Huegel lecturer there.

She is the founder and executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality located in Erie.