Mike Jordan Laskey is senior communications manager for the Jesuit Conference in Washington, D.C. He is the author of The Ministry of Peace and Justice (Liturgical Press) and lives with his family in New Jersey. 

He writes The Gospel of Sports column and contributes to NCR's Young Voices blog.

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Pop song from my adolescence is 20

Young Voices: I like to think I have strong memories of listening to "Smooth" as a 13-year-old and that the song really is the quintessential tune from that era of my life. 


How I learned to stop worrying and love the word 'evangelization'

Young Voices: I have learned to embrace what I think evangelization means, even if I still get the heebie-jeebies a little when I say it. Here are three points that have helped bring me around.


Gonzaga University, national basketball powerhouse

The Gospel of Sports: How does a small, Jesuit university in Spokane, Washington, end up competing so strongly with the Dukes and North Carolinas of the world? I reached out to Peter Woodburn, who runs the Gonzaga SB Nation site, The Slipper Still Fits, to find out more.


What to do when nostalgia attacks

Young Voices: Nostalgia is a common affliction for millennials. I guess it's a classic coming-of-age feeling for any generation, realizing the comforts of childhood are gone and not coming back.