Jennifer Mertens earned her Master of Divinity from the Catholic Theological Union. She completed her undergraduate studies at Saint Louis University and currently teaches religion at a Catholic high school in Cincinnati.

She 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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Does Christianity have a Wonder Woman?

Young Voices: The success of the female-directed action movie with a female main character, "Wonder Woman," speaks to the profound longing that countless women and girls experience for such a female witness.

Saint Mary's College pioneers summer theological program for teen girls

Young Voices: The Embody summer program of Saint Mary's College immerses young women in a rich combination of theological instruction, interactive learning activities and service opportunities.

Trump's candidacy exposes sin of rape culture

Young Voices: Donald Trump's candidacy undermines my attempts as an all-girls' high school teacher to nurture girls' self-worth and spiritual wholeness.

My 48,180-pound trash pile

Young Voices: I wanted to make the pope's call to environmental stewardship engaging for my high school students -- so we investigated our own trash.