Allison Walter is a high school theology teacher and track coach. She was formerly press secretary with Faith in Public Life and policy education associate with NETWORK Lobby in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Saint Louis University and a native of Kansas City, Walter believes in the power of faith to transform society.

Allison writes for NCR's Young Voices blog. Sign up for our weekly email so you don't miss any new content.

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July Fourth is my favorite holiday, even in today's political climate

Young Voices: Urgent issues plague our democracy. But this Fourth of July, let's take one moment to appreciate and celebrate what makes us proud to be American. 

A quarter-life crisis pep talk

Young Voices: A recent study from LinkedIn says that millennials switch jobs on average of four times in their first decade out of college. Some might see that as a symptom of the "next-best-thing"-generation. But I don't think it's necessarily a negative phenomenon. To me, it's a manifestation of the admirably desperate search for vocation.

Fr. Charles Curran: Pope Francis' reforms are 'more than just style'

"Some people will be disappointed because he won't change church teachings. Nonetheless, Francis has left the door ajar," said Curran in a recent speech.

The ‘Francis effect’ is about more than politics

NCR Today: Pope Francis made quite the splash in the United States this week, but to reduce the "Francis effect" to mere politics is to miss the radical personal transformation that the pope calls for.