Christian Mocek is the director of alumni relations at St. Meinrad, a Benedictine monastery, seminary and school of theology in southern Indiana. He lives in New Albany, Indiana, with his wife, Gillian, and their little boy, Simon. You can find his reflections on parenthood, marriage and young adulthood at

Christian is a contributor to NCR's Young Voices blog.

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In response to scandal, join the 'nones' on the road to Emmaus

Young Voices: The "nones," those who claim no affiliation with religion, do not believe in a church that is a sedentary, out-of-touch, and immovable fortress guarded by men in brightly colored dresses and pointy hats.


Would Jesus invite President Trump to a steak dinner?

Young Voices: The greatest example we can set for our children is to invite, share the table and break bread with those who believe different things, even things that are against what we believe to be right. 


What does it mean to be father to a son in the age of #MeToo?

Young Voices: The #MeToo movement is a wake-up call to fathers. Our sons are next to us, listening to us and being socialized by our reaction to what appears innocent but we know is not.


Millennial philanthropy can teach Catholic Church three things

Young Voices: The church can learn some lessons from the way millennials — people about 22 to 35 years old — engage with charities. This generation is very generous, for example, but over 90 percent of millennials would never financially support an organization they don't trust.